Born in Taiwan and based in New York, Jean Tsien has been working in the field of documentary for over 30 years as an editor, producer, and consultant. Tsien’s editing debut, Something Within Me, won the Triple Awards at the 1993 Sundance Film Festival. Her notable editing credits include: the 2001 Academy Award, Best Documentary Feature nominee, Scottsboro: An American Tragedy; three Peabody Award-winning films: Malcolm X: Make It Plain,Travis and Solar Mamas; Please Vote For Me, a 2008 Grierson award recipient for most entertaining documentary;Dixie Chicks: Shut Up & Sing and Miss Sharon Jones! both of which were short-listed for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.
Tsien produced and edited Drivers Wanted, a documentary about New York City taxi drivers during the Recession of 2008. She was the executive producer and editor for Plastic China, winner of the Special Jury Award for First Appearance at IDFA 2016; Please Remember Me, a film about a “left-behind” elderly couple living with Alzheimer’s disease in Shanghai, the film won three awards at 2016 GZDOC, and The Road To Fame for BBC/Storyville. Tsien consulted on many award-winning films such as: Censored Voices, Dancing In Jaffa, Give Up Tomorrow, High Tech, Low Life, Hooligan Sparrow, Risk, Still Tomorrow, Wo Ai Ni Mommy, 9-Man, and the 2016 IDFA top Prize winner, Nowhere To Hide.
As a strong believer in mentorship and nurturing emerging talents, Tsien has served as an editing advisor at the Sundance Institute Edit and Story Lab since 2010, CNEX Chinese Documentary Forum, Chicken & Egg Pictures Accelerator Lab, Hot Docs Blue Ice Lab, IDFAcademy, IFP Lab, and Dare to Dream Asia. She has been invited as a juror and panelist to many film festivals around the world, and as a guest speaker for the NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Columbia University School of Journalism, UC Berkeley School of Journalism, and New York Film Academy. Tsien is a member of American Cinema Editors, and a member of the Documentary branch of the Academy.