Born and raised in Los Angeles and of Cantonese descent, Sheldon first discovered his greater passion for films in high school when he was introduced to the Criterion Collection DVDs by both his artist uncle and his drama teacher.
Sheldon earned his BA in Film & Media Studies at the University of California, Irvine, and was further inspired by the power of storytelling when he, through interviewing his father for a documentary, learned of his parents’ heartbreaking tale of survival where they fled Vietnam in the aftermath of the war. He then decided to fully pursue filmmaking at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, where he earned his MFA and specialized in cinematography in addition to directing his own films.
Sheldon was the winner of the 2015 ARRI Volker Bahnemann Award for Cinematography and has had his work recently screened at major festivals such as Cannes, Sundance, Toronto, Venice, Locarno and Tribeca. The AT&T/Tribeca Film Institute-produced film, NIGERIAN PRINCE (winner of the inaugural one million dollar grant competition), in which Sheldon served as cinematographer, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2018 and was released theatrically in the fall. Another feature he shot, NAFI’S FATHER, won two major awards at the 2019 Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland, and is currently traveling the festival circuit. His upcoming credits include the IFP-supported feature NHOMLAAU (shot in NYC), SUMMER KNIGHT (shot in Chengdu, China) and an international feature shot in India featuring a handful of top Indian film talent. As a cinematographer, Sheldon continues to seek stories that move him; ones that are evocative, personal, and emotionally resonant.
Sheldon is currently based in New York City and is a proud owner of a 15 year-old black pug named Milford.