David Mai

David Mai
  • Assistant Professor

Contact Info

Summerfield Hall, Room 118F


David Mai, film scholar and filmmaker, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Film and Media Studies at the University of Kansas. His creative work in narratives, animations, and interactive media is inflected by his interests in experimental forms of aesthetics. Through social narratives, his work aims to examine and broaden intersectional representations of Asian Americans in film. In his collaborative film work, he specializes in post-production having worked as a picture editor, visual effects artist, and animator. His research activity has seen different modes of exhibition from VR installations, to audiovisual essays, and to cinemetric analyses. He received his M.F.A. in Cinema from San Francisco State University.


Research interests:

  • Asian American Film
  • Cinematic Affect Theory
  • Feminist Film and Critical Race Studies
  • Anime
  • Multimedia Education


Teaching interests:

  • Post-Production
  • Animation
  • Visual Effects

Creative Works

Producer/Director/Writer, Memories of Dust, KS, Documentary, forthcoming.

Animation Director, Philodendron, Joshua Miner, KS, Animation, forthcoming.

Editor, Invisibility and Rage: Asian Americans, Racial Trauma and Mental Health, Kelly Chong, KS, Documentary, forthcoming.

Director, World Music: A Portrait Series of Modern Composers, Yi-Yang Chen, KS, Documentary Series, forthcoming.

Director, Sharing Our Stories, Ash Wilson, Center for Sexuality and Gender Diversity, KS, Documentary Series, forthcoming.

Visual Effects Artist, Build or Destroy, Rashaad Newsome, Video Exhibition, 2023.

Animation Artist, Of Color & Ink: Chang Dai-chien After 1949, Weimin Zhang, Documentary, 101 minutes, 2023.

Colorist, No Place Like Home: The Struggle Against Hate in Kansas, Kevin Willmott, Documentary, 57 minutes, 2023.

Editor, Stop AAPI Hate, Berkeley High School, CA, Video Series, 2021.

VFX Editor, Black Magic, Oakland, Rashaad Newsome, CA, Video Exhibition, 2021.

Editor, Everyday Heroines and Covid19 in Chinatown, Felicia Lowe, San Francisco, CA, Video Series, 2020.

Director,  Sisters, San Francisco, CA, Documentary, 5 minutes, 2020.

Editor, Anatta, Kun She, San Francisco, CA, Short, 17 minutes, 2020.

Editor, Life After Death, Daniel Julien, Oakland, CA, Documentary, 53 minutes, 2020.

Editor, The Great Divide, Casey Beck, San Francisco, CA, Documentary, 16 minutes, 2019.

Producer/Director/Writer, Ashes of Alyssa, San Francisco, CA, Short, 18 minutes, 2019.

Assistant Editor, Queering Yoga, Ewan Duarte, Oakland, CA, Documentary, 45 minutes, 2019.

Producer/Director/Writer, Pi//owtalk, San Francisco, CA, Documentary, 6 minutes, 2019.

Assitant Editor, Dear Queer Dancer, Sarah Taborga, Oakland, CA, Documentary, 28 minutes, 2019.

Assistant Editor, Drip Like Coffee, Anaiis Cisco, San Francisco, CA, Short, 17 minutes, 2019.

Editor, For the Love of a Dog: How Far Would You Go?, Daniel Julien, Oakland, CA, Documentary, 56 minutes, 2019.

Producer/Director/Writer, My Body for Bok Choy, San Francisco, CA, Short, 3 minutes, 2017.

Producer/Director/Writer, (), San Francisco, CA, Experimental, 20 minutes, 2017.

Producer/Director/Writer, Fractured Fairy Tales, Animation, 3 minutes, 2017.

Producer/Director/Writer, Jethilas, San Francisco, CA, Animation, 5 minutes, 2017.

Producer/Director/Writer, Maw in the Dark, San Francisco, CA, Short, 10 minutes, 2017.

Editor, Patrick’s Dilemna, Daniel Julien, Oakland, CA, Documentary, 47 minutes, 2017.