Finding Yingying

Yingying Zhang, a 26-year-old Chinese student, comes to the U.S. to study. In her detailed and beautiful diaries, the aspiring young scientist and teacher is full of optimism, hoping to also be married and a mother someday. Within weeks of her arrival, Yingying disappears from the campus. Through exclusive access to Yingying’s family and boyfriend, Finding Yingying closely follows their journey as they search to unravel the mystery of her disappearance and seek justice for their daughter while navigating a strange, foreign country. But most of all, Finding Yingying is the story of who Yingying was: a talented young woman loved by her family and friends.

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Jiayan "Jenny" Shi

Executive Producer:

Gordon Quinn, Jolene Pinder, Mark Mitten, Ken Pelletier


Brent E. Huffman, Diane Quon


Jiayan "Jenny" Shi, Shilin Sun


John Farbrother

Sound Designer:

Periscope Post & Audio


Nathan Halpern, Chris Ruggiero

Principal Cast:

Ronggao Zhang, Lifeng Ye, Xiaolin Hou, Xinyang Zhang, Liqin Ye

Additional Credits:

Motion Graphics: Jesse Kerman, Post-Production Manager: Matt Taylor, Colorist: Periscope Post & Audio, Co-Executive Producer: Shizuka Asakawa, Co-Executive Producer: Peng Zhao, Cherry Chen, Co-Producer: Shilin Sun



Amanda Lebow, Josh Braun,

Public Film Contact:

Tim Horsburgh
Kartemquin Films

Publicity Contact:

David Magdael

Sales Agent:

CAA, Submarine