About SMI SLOWLY MOVING IMAGES (SMI) is an international film collective founded by Jiajun ‘Oscar’ Zhang and Hee Young Pyun. They connected over their shared belief in the power of collective exploration and creation that slowly moves people and the world. With their varied cultural and social backgrounds, Hee Young and Oscar have been dedicated since 2014 to the idea of film as a medium that probes the relationship between us and the built environment.  SMI’s collaborative works seek to capture the fleeting memories of people in diverse urban contexts.  

Team SMI

Jiajun ‘Oscar’ Zhang

Jiajun is a director and producer. He was born in Shanghai, and studied film in London before making an award-winning hybrid short film IF YOU SEE HER, SAY HELLO in an urban ruin, north west China. His debut feature, ALL, OR NOTHING AT ALL, a film set on an urban island - a shopping complex in Shanghai, was selected for the 27th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival and the 53rd New Directors/New Films by the Lincoln Center and MoMA. Now Jiajun is developing his next project, together with Korean filmmaker Hee Young Pyun, and the duo is set to explore another megastructure in Seoul, Korea.

Hee Young Pyun

Hee Young is an architect/filmmaker. She has been working on various architectural projects, exhibitions, and publishing projects internationally and collaborating with filmmakers from all over the world as a writer, director and production designer. Firmly believing in borderless filmmaking, Hee Young is continuing her experiment on cinema as a medium to explore space and place.

Harim Pyo

As an architect, HARIM has been working on numerous architectural projects in Korea and China. Although most architectural works might be tied to the ground, she likes to read novels, travel through text, and roam about the world.  Her dream is to write in the space between belonging and drifting. Harim believes that detailed imagination and small decisions in the architectural process are also critical in writing .

Timothy John Baraceros Collanto

TJ is a filmmaker and 3D artist born in the US and trained at the London Film School. He has been collaborating with his peers internationally on cinema and installation projects that explore the genesis and consequences of migration; himself a product of one. He is interested in continuity and tries to find it wherever he goes. You can find him sleeping at his friends’ houses.

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