Director: Jon M. Chu
Synopsis: Explore three days in the New York City Dominican-American neighborhood of Washington Heights from Tony Award-winners Lin-Manuel Miranda and Qiara Alegria Hudes.
Why Open: The Latinx and Asian communities are the two most frequent movie-going populations in the country. Moreover, our struggles are highly concentric: we have the highest rate of immigration and multigenerational households of any group in the United States, creating multiple identities. And, while this may be out of turn to say, this feels like the Latinx community’s Crazy Rich Asians moment; we all know what that did for us–so let’s help ensure it for another deserving community.
Cast: Dwayne Johnson
Synopsis: Based on Disneyland’s theme park ride where a small riverboat takes a group of travelers through a jungle filled with dangerous animals and reptiles.
Synopsis: In 1988, the Japanese government drops an atomic bomb on Tokyo after ESP experiments on children go awry. In 2019, 31 years after the nuking of the city, Kaneda, a bike gang leader, tries to save his friend Tetsuo from a secret government project. He battles anti-government activists, greedy politicians, irresponsible scientists and a powerful military leader until Tetsuo’s supernatural powers suddenly manifest. A final battle is fought in Tokyo Olympiad exposing the experiment’s secrets.
Why Open: Adapted from the legendary books, Director Taika Waititi has assured us his adaptation will not be whitewashed.
Creator & Writer: Jenny Lee
Producer: James Shin (Scooter Braun Projects)
Synopsis: Described as Gossip Girl and 13 Reasons Why meets Crazy Rich Asians, Anna K is set between Manhattan and Greenwich, CT. It follows a Korean-American “it” girl caught between her picture-perfect, family-approved boyfriend and the guy who might just be her one true love, along with her high-flying cast of friends and family.
Why Open: Both its creator and producer are fervent enablers of more Asian stories that can successfully penetrate the mainstream.
Director: Joanne Mony Park
Cast: Jonny Kim, Cris Gris Borah Ahn, Christopher Kim
Synopsis: Hana (Joony Kim) is a college student who goes home to New York City to assist her ailing epileptic mother (Borah Ahn) and help her brother (Christopher Kim) with running the family’s Korean restaurant. Hana secretly models part-time to earn some extra cash. On one of her shoot days, Hana meets the charismatic Nico (Cris Gris), a Latina music producer. Nico takes an intense interest in Hana. Flattered by the attention, Hana spends more time with Nico and gradually falls for her. A coming-of-age film about discovering sexuality and self-awareness whilst also exploring what it means to be a faithful Korean immigrant daughter to a very conservative family.
Director: Lena Khan
Executive: Agnes Chu
Synopsis: Flora and Ulysses centers on a cynical girl who spends her time reading comic books and a squirrel who is run over by the neighbor’s vacuum cleaner. The squirrel’s brush with death causes him to develop superpowers.
Director: Frédéric Tcheng
Synopsis: Prodigiously talented, Halston reigned over fashion in the 1970s and became a household name. But everything changed in the Wall Street era. With his empire under threat, Halston took the biggest gamble of his life.
Cast: Steven Yeun, Sandra Oh
Executive: Albert Cheng
Synopsis: An animated superhero series based around 17-year-old Mark Grayson (Yeun) who’s just like every other guy his age–except his father is the most powerful superhero on the planet. But as Mark develops powers of his own, he discovers his father’s legacy may not be as heroic as it seems.