Tao Gu started his artistic endeavor as an experimental radio host in China in 1998 and pursued that successful career for over 5 years. He started exploring different mediums and acted in the leading roll in a fictional documentary Foggy Valley , which received the Academic Prize by the Chinese Documentary Association in 2003. He also worked as a sound designer for the documentary Green Jade Station, which was presented at the Amsterdam International Film Festival in 2004.
His first directing work was an avant-garde stage drama “Evenfall YA LA SO” presented to the public in China in 2003, which received great critical acclaim. Upon his arrival in Canada, his cinematic work shifted towards experimental filmmaking. His 2008 film Butterfly Dream has been selected by numerous international film festivals, including the 36th Festival du Nouveau Cinema, 10th Boston Underground Film Festival and the 26th Rendez-vous du Cinéma Québécois. He is currently working on an experimental documentary On The Way to The Sea which is supported by Canada Council for the Arts and Quebec Conseil des arts et des letters. The May Flower will be his debut feature film.
On the Way to the Sea (writer, director)
Clermont-Ferrand ISFF 2011, Labo Compétition
Prix spécial du jury
40th International Film Festival Rotterdam 2011
Sundance Film Festival 2011
Toronto International Film Festival 2010
Top Ten Canadian Shorts
Festival du Nouveau Cinéma 2010
Vancouver International Film Festival 2010