Yi Cui was born and raised in Mainland China. She received an MS in Ecology at the University of Michigan before turning to filmmaking. Her essay films present an introspective gaze into how individual existence and personal relationships are sculpted within the linearity of modern time-space. Her work also visualizes the poetics of personal identity in the constant interplay of the self and the image. Currently, she is trying to extend the vision of her films from personal space into a broader cultural context and tackle questions of how cultural elements evolve, grow or decay under grand modern transformations. Cui is currently pursuing an MFA in film production at York University.