HALA
Nov 22 2019
HALA
Nov 22 2019

Director: Minhal Baig

Cast: Geraldine Viswanathan, Purbi Joshi, Azad Khan

Synopsis: Muslim teenager, Hala, copes with the unraveling of her family as she comes into her own.

Why Open: The Sundance hit adopted the inclusion rider, furthering supporting more than just Asian and multicultural castings and staffings.

Cast: Dwayne The Rock Johnson, Awkwafina

Synopsis: A team of friends return to Jumanji to rescue one of their own but discover that nothing is as they expect. The players need to brave parts unknown, from arid deserts to snowy mountains, in order to escape the world’s most dangerous game.

Cast: Kelly Marie Tran

Why Open: Actress and activist, Kelly Marie Tran, returns(!) from her unforgettable performance in Star Wars, Episode VIII.

GRUDGE
Jan 3 2020
GRUDGE
Jan 3 2020

Cast: John Cho

Writer: Takashi Shimizu

Producer: Takashige Ichise

Synopsis: A house is cursed by a vengeful ghost that dooms those who enter it with a violent death.

Why Open: #StarringJohnCho in one of the most successful film franchises–need we say more? Based on the movie by Takashi Shimizu.

 

Just Mercy
Jan 10 2020
Just Mercy
Jan 10 2020

Director: Destin Cretton

Synopsis: Just Mercy shadows world-renowned civil rights defense attorney Bryan Stevenson as he recounts his experiences and details the case of a condemned death row prisoner whom he fought to free.

Why Open: From Director Destin Cretton and starring one of inclusion’s greatest pioneers and stars, Michael B. Jordan. It’s the first major studio film to adopt the idea of an inclusion rider, a contractual provision that mandates women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ community and other underrepresented groups be considered for key on-screen and behind-the-scenes jobs.

Cast: Vanessa Hudgens, Charles Melton

Synopsis: The Miami PD and its elite AMMO team attempt to take down ARMANDO ARMAS, the dangerous head of a nascent drug cartel.

Birds of Prey
Feb 7 2020
Birds of Prey
Feb 7 2020

Director: Cathy Yan

Cast: Ella Jay Basco, Ali Wong, François Chau

Writer: Christina Hodson

Synopsis: After splitting up with The Joker, Harley Quinn and three other female superheroes – Black Canary, Huntress and Renee Montoya – come together to save the life of a little girl (Cassandra Cain) from an evil crime lord.

Why Open: Cathy Yan is the first Asian Woman to direct a superhero film in history, after having incredible indie film and cross-continental success. In addition, she’s gone the length to cast a superiorly Asian cast in Ella, Ali, and Francois. Moreover, hapa Taiwanese writer, Christina Hodson, who recently penned the incredible Bumblebee, is writing Birds of Prey.

Author: Jenny Han

Cast: Lana Condor, Ross Butler, Janel Parrish, Sarayu Blue

Synopsis: Lara Jean and Peter have just taken their relationship from pretend to officially official when another recipient of one of her old love letters enters the picture.