Born in Taiwan and based in New York, Jean Tsien has been working in documentary for 30 years as an editor, producer, and consultant. Tsien’s editing debut, Something Within Me, won three Awards at the 1993 Sundance Film Festival. Her notable editing credits include: the 2001 Academy Award, Best Documentary Feature nominee, Scottsboro: An American Tragedy; three Peabody Award-winning films: Malcolm X: Make It Plain, Travis and Solar Mamas; Please Vote For Me, a 2008 Grierson award recipient for most entertaining documentary; Dixie Chicks: Shut Up & Sing and A Place At The Table – which was presented in a special screening at the White House.
Tsien produced and edited Drivers Wanted, a documentary about New York City taxi drivers. She was the executive producer for The Road To Fame for BBC/Storyville; The Storm Makers for POV/PBS. Tsien consulted on many award-winning films such as: Give Up Tomorrow; Wo Ai Ni Mommy; Dancing In Jaffa and Censored Voices.
Tsien is a strong believer in mentorship and nurturing emerging talents, she has served as an editing advisor at the Sundance Institute Edit and Story Lab since 2010. Tsien is a member of American Cinema Editors, an honorary society of motion picture editors.