Baldwin Chiu is the producer and subject of the award-winning documentaries, Finding Cleveland and Far East Deep South. He is a speaker and hip hop artist also known by his stage name, Only Won. He has performed all over the U.S. and caught the attention of the White House with his clever music videos like “I Wanna Be an Engineer” and “Lyrical Engineer”. As a result, he became a spokesperson for the White House/Intel campaign, “Stay With It,” promoting careers in science and engineering. Chiu’s songs were featured in the hit video game “Sleeping Dogs” and the film “Dead Man Down”. Chiu is also an actor who has appeared in films such as The Pursuit of Happyness, The Hulk and The Matrix. He was born in San Francisco and grew up in Rancho Cordova, CA. He earned his mechanical engineering degree at Sacramento State and is also a professionally licensed engineer.
Baldwin Chiu and his family are the subjects of Far East Deep South and he teamed up with his wife, Larissa Lam, to produce the film. He is a graduate of the ACT One film producing program. He previously produced the award-winning documentary short, Finding Cleveland and serves as producer on other narrative films. He was born in San Francisco and moved to Sacramento where he later graduated from California State University, Sacramento with a degree in mechanical engineering.
Chiu is also a motivational speaker and rapper/beatboxer known by his stage name, Only Won - The Lyrical Engineer. His music video, “Dim Sum,” an homage to classic kung fu flicks was an official selection at the Sacramento Film Festival and Asians on Film Festival. His clever and witty videos “I Wanna Be an Engineer”, “Lyrical Engineer”, and “Rocketeer Engineer” went viral with millions of online views and quickly gained the attention of a national STEM initiative using his creative and artistic media. He was previously a spokesperson for the Intel/White House campaign, “Stay With It,” promoting careers in science and engineering under the Obama administration. Chiu’s songs were featured in the video game “Sleeping Dogs” and the film “Dead Man Down” starring Colin Farrell. Chiu is also an actor who has appeared in films such as The Pursuit of Happyness, The Hulk and The Matrix.
Additionally, Chiu has been a speaker on numerous panels addressing race, immigration, and Asian American representation in the media.
Films by Baldwin Chiu
A Chinese-American family’s search for their roots leads them to the Mississippi Delta, where they stumble upon surprising family revelations and uncover the racially complex history of early Chinese immigrants in the midst of segregation and the Chinese Exclusion Act era.