Sniadecki was born on a goat farm in Michigan, grew up in the rustbelt of Northern Indiana, and has lived and worked for several years in China. A filmmaker and Assistant Professor in the Performing and Media Arts department at Cornell University, he produces work at the intersection of cinema and ethnography.
Sniadecki's films screen at festivals such as the Berlinale, the New York Film Festival, and the Edinburgh International Film Festival, and have received several awards, including the Joris Ivens Award at Cinema du Reel for Demolition (Chaiqian) (2008), a Jury Award at FICUNAM for Yumen (2013), as well as a Golden Leopard and a Special Jury Prize at the Locarno International Film Festival for Foreign Parts (2010), co-directed with Verena Paravel. His most recent documentary, People's Park (2012) co-directed with Libbie Cohn, won the Best Anthropological Film award at Festival dei Popoli and Best Cinematography award at the Ann Arbor Film Festival, and had its New York City premiere at New Directors/New Films.
His filmography includes: Yumen (2013), People's Park (2012), Foreign Parts (2010), The Yellow Bank (2010), Demolition (Chaiqian) (2008), and Songhua (2007). He is also founder and co-curator of Emergent Visions, a film series that screens new independent cinema from China.
Harvard Sensory Ethnography Lab