Kriz Chan Nyein is a film director and contemporary artist from Myanmar.
He studied filmmaking at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and at S.A.E Institute in Yangon. Upon graduation, he started working as a producer and editor in Singapore, and returned to Yangon in 2015. While in Singapore, he made an experimental short film called ‘Chasing Roses’ – starring Thomas Pang, a Singapore actor and graduate from Lasalle College of the Arts’ acting course, with Sarah Mun Pun, a Kachin woman living in Singapore.
Chasing Roses was made with a vintage analogue photography film camera. Kriz used 35mm cinema film rolls (CineStill 800T) and created a soundscape and internal dialogue based on a poem he wrote. It was selected at the 5th Wathann Film Festival and has been shown in many other festivals in Southeast Asia, in Japan and in the U.A.E.
Another short film, “Across the Riverwind’ that he wrote the screenplay and directed was a collaboration with Tagu Films. Across the Riverwind stars Myanmar actor Tun Tun (Examplez), Su Htet Tin and Ma Ei (poet). Across the Riverwind is based on a short story called ‘A Song of the Jetty’ by author Nay Win Myint and was selected at the 6th Wathann Film Festival. It received Best Cinematography Award for the outstanding achievement of the Director of Photography, Aung Ko Ko (Moe Thorn). It also was selected for the short film archive by the Clemont-Ferrand Film Festival in France.
The third film Kriz wrote and directed is called ‘Neon Dream’. The cast includes Thazin Nyunt Aung (hip-hop singer T-Zin), Robert Tun, and supporting actors. It was screened at the 7th Wathann Film Festival in non-competition section and Here and Nowadays Art Festival in Bangkok.
Aside from filmmaking, Kriz also makes video art installations and has shown in some group Contemporary Art exhibitions. By 2018, Kriz has expanded his interests into Contemporary Theater, and currently he is an ensemble actor with the New Yangon Theater Institute (NYTI); his debut performance as a theater actor was in February, 2019 in a NYTI production called, “The Grand Balcony” – an adaptation of a French play by Jean Genet. Kriz is a transgender/ third-gender (born female) member of the LGBTQIA community and is a supporter of Gender Equality and women’s empowerment. He occasionally contributes articles to local magazines about women in cinema.