Zhāo Lewis Liú earned his MFA in the Film and Video Production program at The University of Iowa. He joined the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games for TV broadcasting at the Beijing Shooting Venue. He then worked for China Central Television (CCTV) as a journalist and editor before he came to Iowa City in 2009. Lewis graduated with his BA in Broadcast Journalism at the Communication University of China. With credits in narrative, documentary, and experimental animation, Lewis identifies himself as an avant-pop filmmaker.