Leyi (Laurie) Huang is a Chicago-based documentary filmmaker and video journalist. Born and raised in China, she moved to the U.S. in 2022. In 2023, Huang got her Master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University. She embarked on documentary filmmaking in 2020. Her first project, Purple Ballroom, features the LGBTQ ballroom scene in Guangzhou, China, and follows the journey of its founder, a queer activist. As Huang dove deeper into this project, she found her passion for telling impact-driven stories, and has since started producing more stories on underreported communities.