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 learned of his parents’ tale of survival where they fled Vietnam in the aftermath of the war - a personal story that was heartbreaking yet riveting that allowed Sheldon to discover a passion in exploring stories through drama, emotion and visuals. 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 Sundance, Toronto, Venice, Los Angeles 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 this year and was released theatrically in the fall. Another feature he shot, FISH BONES, made its premiere at Slamdance and is now making its festival rounds. His upcoming credits include the IFP-supported feature NHOMLAAU (shot in NYC), the recently wrapped feature SUMMER KNIGHT (shot in Chengdu, China) and NAFI'S FATHER, a feature set in Senegal that went through the TIFF Labs at Toronto and is currently in pre-production. 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 14 year-old black pug named Milford.