Director: Aneesh Chaganty
Writers: Aneesh Chaganty, Sev Ohanian
Producers: Sev Ohanian, Natalie Qasabian
Synopsis: A home-schooled teenager begins to suspect her mother is keeping a dark secret from her.
Why Open: High off their success from the critically-acclaimed, inventive thriller, SEARCHING, Aneesh, Sev, and Natalie are back with yet more suspenseful art.
Cast: Riz Ahmed
Synopsis: During a series of adrenaline-fueled one-night gigs, itinerant punk-metal drummer Ruben (Riz Ahmed) begins to experience intermittent hearing loss. When a specialist tells him his condition will rapidly worsen, he thinks his music career — and with it his life — is over. His bandmate and girlfriend Lou (Olivia Cooke) checks the recovering heroin addict into a secluded sober house for the deaf in hopes it will prevent a relapse and help him learn to adapt to his new situation. But after being welcomed into a community that accepts him just as he is, Ruben has to choose between his equilibrium and the drive to reclaim the life he once knew. Utilizing startling, innovative sound design techniques, director Darius Marder takes audiences inside Ruben’s experience to vividly recreate his journey into a rarely examined world.
Cast: Harry Shum, Jr.
Synopsis: A couple’s wedding plans are thrown off course when the groom is diagnosed with liver cancer.
Cast: Fivel Stewart, Keiko Agena, Booboo Stewart
Synopsis: After the sudden death of her best friend, a straight-A, obedient teen sets out to fulfill their secret list of outrageous acts they said they’d never do.
Director: Ramin Bahrani
Writers: Aravind Adiga (book), Ramin Bahrani (screenplay)
Cast: Priyanka Chopra, Rajkummar Rao, Adarsh Gourav, Mahesh Manjrekar, Swaroop Sampat, Vijay Maurya, Aaron Wan, Nalneesh Neel, Vedant Sinha
Synopsis: The epic journey of a poor Indian driver who must use his wit and cunning to break free from servitude to his rich masters and rise to the top of the heap.
The Gold List honors the most outstanding Asian and Pacific Islander (API) achievements in the film industry each year. It was created to accelerate the fair inclusion of APIs in mainstream media by helping API films secure major award nominations and recognition.
Director: Iram Parveen Bilal
Writers: Iram Parveen Bilal, Rajeev Dassani, Uttam Sirur
Cast: Faran Tahir, Sheetal Sheth, Samrat Chakrabarti, Nikita Tewani
Synopsis: A Muslim cop goes undercover at his estranged father’s mosque while his daughter hides her passion for a forbidden dance, uncovering a shocking family secret.