Arvin Chen was born on November 26, 1978, in Boston, Massachusetts.
He is a Chinese-American filmmaker based in Taipei,
Taiwan. Arvin grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, studying architectural
design at the University of California, Berkeley. After
graduation, he moved to Taipei to apprentice with Taiwanese
filmmaker Edward Yang (Yi Yi, A Brighter Summer Day) before
completing his master’s degree in film production at the University
of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. In
2006, Arvin’s short film Mei won the Silver Bear at the 57th Berlin
International Film Festival.