Norbert Shieh

NORBERT SHIEH is a Taiwanese-American filmmaker and cinematographer based in Los Angeles. Through delicate and formal observations, his work explores new perspectives on the quotidian. These projects span from experimental films focused on perception, to intimate documentaries/narratives.

His experimental short film WASHES premiered at the New York Film Festival and won the Jury’s Citation Award at the Black Maria Film & Video Festival. TWO MILES EAST, Norbert’s latest short documentary is part of an omnibus celebrating the 20th anniversary of the San Diego Asian Film Festival, and premiered during its opening night. Norbert’s commissioned documentaries include work for KCET, The Autry Museum, European Capital of Culture, and Pacific Arts Movement. His collaborations as a cinematographer have screened in international festivals and venues including: Sundance, Slamdance, AFI Fest, Ann Arbor, Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival, CAAMFest, LA Asian Pacific Film Festival, REDCAT, among others.

Norbert has been a Logan Nonfiction Program fellow and a Visual Communications’s Armed With a Camera fellow. He is a recipient of a Creative Capital Film/Video Grant and was recently included as part of True/False Film Fest’s inaugural year of PRISM, a program spotlighting BIPOC filmmakers working in nonfiction. In 2019, Filmmaker Magazine named Norbert as one of “25 New Faces of Independent Film.”



PRESERVES is an observational documentary following a Taiwanese culinary ingredient, suan cai (a pickled mustard green), from “farm-to-table” over the course of a six month season. With a meditative lens, the film explores the quotidian of people in agriculture and food production. Together, these characters and the investigation of labor, illuminate the deep connections between time, food, and place.