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Guo Is Writing A Comedy Feature "Swingin'"

Born in Taipei, Guo directs, writes and acts for both film and theatre. He has developed an interest in storytelling at a young age when he grew up with his grandparents in a temple in southern Taiwan.

An alumnus of Berlinale Talents and NYU Graduate Film program, he recently directed When Doves Fly (2014), a feature-length TV-film about two multiracial American backpackers in search of new identity in emerging East Asia. Shot for Public Television Service, this is an unusual bilingual drama in Taiwan. Guo also directed episodes of reality programming for PTS, though he is better known for directing Kong Peh Tshat or: How I Learned to Tell a Lie (2012), a story about Didi, an indigenous country boy wrongly accused of theft and detained, struggling and losing his innocence as a result of his encounters with oppressiveness of the real world: class, law and sexuality. This short received Taiwan Domestic Motion Pictures Guidance Fund, won Jury Special Mention in Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival and Carta Giovani Award in Sardinia Film Festival and traveled to a dozen of festivals including Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival.

At NYU, Guo received the Tisch School of the Arts Scholarships and Dalio Family Foundation Scholarship for Excellence; Haig Manoogian Award for his thesis film Only Meal of the Day (2010), a story about Bird, a noodle vendor who witnesses a six-year-old beggar boy and his mom begging from a foreign couple that fights over whether they should give money or food to the boy in rural Thailand. It was selected in San Francisco and New York Asian American International Film Festivals as well as Bangkok and Kaohsiung festivals.

Apart from his film career, Guo has been acting and directing for Muzi Playground, Rive-Gauche Theatre Group, Assignment Theatre and Allstar Theatre. He played the tragic role Macbeth in Shakespeare’s Macbeth translated by Fang Ping, an audio book published by Ecus Publishing House (2002).

National Culture and Arts Foundation sponsored his stage directing Millennium Countdown (2002). Cross-Border Culture and Education Foundation sponsored his Variations on the Dissociative Identity Disorder of a Boy (2004).

Guo was formerly a full-time faculty member of the Department of Performing and Media Arts at Hsuan Chuang University; the Department of Radio, Television and Film at Shih Hsin University, where he spent over 1,800 hours running acting, screen writing and directing workshops.

Currently based in Taipei, he has a couple of feature-length projects in development.