Director: Nisha Ganatra
Screenplay: Mindy Kaling
Producer: Mindy Kaling
Cast: Mindy Kaling
Synopsis: A legendary late-night talk show host’s world is turned upside down when she hires her first and only female staff writer. Originally intended to smooth over diversity concerns, her decision brings about unexpectedly hilarious consequences as the two women who are separated by culture and generation become united by their love of a biting punchline.
Why Open: The hilarious film, starring iconic Mindy Kaling and helmed by Nisha Ganatra, was acquired for a record $13 million by Amazon Studios at Sundance.
Writer: Jeffrey Chan
Co-Director: Jeffrey Chan
Cast: Maya Erskine, Rosalind Chao, Tim Chiou, Jeffrey Chan, Tom Yi, Victoria Park
Synopsis: Longtime single friends agree to be each other’s plus one at every wedding they are invited to.
Author: Bobby Hundreds
Synopsis: Bobby Kim, a.k.a. Bobby Hundreds, is the cofounder of The Hundreds, one of the first streetwear brands to go global. The creative force behind the brand, he has emerged as one of streetwear’s most prominent faces and voices. But growing up as one of the only Asian American kids in a mostly white and Latino community, a year ahead of his peers, with artistic aspirations, he reminds us that The Hundreds was started by outsiders and that that is truly the story of streetwear culture.
Cast: Ally Maki, Keanu Reeves
Synopsis: When a new toy called “Forky” joins Woody and the gang, a road trip alongside old and new friends reveals how big the world can be for a toy.
Cast: Himesh Patel
Synopsis: A struggling musician realizes he’s the only person on Earth who can remember The Beatles after waking up in an alternate timeline where they never existed.
Cast: Kumail Nanjiani, Dave Bautista, Iko Uwais
Synopsis: A detective recruits his Uber driver into an unexpected night of adventure.
Cast: Lana Condor, Hayden Szeto
Synopsis: It’s the last days of summer. Best friends Seth and Jameson are getting ready to perform and party at local rock venue The Alamo. But before the night begins, both young men must face serious reality checks: Seth receives life-changing news from his girlfriend, Mel, and Jameson has to choose between his on-again-off-again girlfriend, Corin and a new girl he’s just met, the outspoken Harmony. At the show, Seth and Jameson’s other friends are too caught up in their own lives to help them.
Director: Lulu Wang
Producers: Anita Gou and Jane Zheng
Cast: Awkwafina, Tzi Ma, Diana Lin, Zhao Shuzhen, Lu Hong, Jiang Yongbo
Writer: Lulu Wang
Synopsis: A headstrong Chinese-American woman returns to China when her beloved grandmother is given a terminal diagnosis. Billi struggles with her family’s decision to keep grandma in the dark about her own illness as they all stage an impromptu wedding to see grandma one last time.
Why Open: Based on her true story, visionary Director Lulu Wang helms the Sundance favorite, starring 2018’s breakout star, Awkwafina.