When Chinese filmmaker Nanfu Wang first comes to America, Florida seems like an exotic frontier full of theme parks, prehistoric swamp creatures, and sunburned denizens. As she travels wide-eyed from one city to another, she encounters Dylan, a charismatic young drifter who left a comfortable home and loving family for a life of intentional homelessness. Fascinated by his choice and rejection of society's rules, Nanfu follows Dylan with her camera on a journey that takes her across America and explores the meaning of freedom - and its limits.
Nanfu Wang’s feature debut "Hooligan Sparrow" was shortlisted for the 2017 Academy Award for best documentary feature. It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and screened at festivals in over 25 countries before opening theatrically. The film was released on POV and won several awards including the Cinema Eye, Independent Spirit and IDA awards.