Director: Chloe Zhao
Synopsis: Nomadland follows Fern (McDormand) who, after losing everything in the Great Recession, embarks on a journey through the American West, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad. The A Highwayman Films, Hear/Say Productions, and Cor Cordium Production film is based on the non-fiction book Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century by Jessica Bruder, which McDormand and producer Peter Spears (Call Me By Your Name) optioned soon after it was published in 2017.
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.
Synopsis: Kogonada’s film, based on a sci-fi short story, will star a to-be-casted new face Asian.
Synopsis: The four nations of Air, Water, Earth, and Fire lived in harmony until the Fire Nation declared war. A century later, there is still no end in sight to the destruction, then, an Avatar named Aang discovers that he has the power to control the four elements. He joins forces with Katara, a Waterbender, and her brother, Sokka, to restore balance and harmony to their world.
Why Open: This one won’t be whitewashed.
Director: Tran Quoc Bao
Cast: Alain Uy,Ron Yuan, Jae Suh Park,Raymond Ma, Andy Le, Brian Le, Phillip Dang, Yoshi Sudarso, Peter Adrian Sudarso, Yuji Okamoto, Roger Yuan, Kieran Tamondong
Action Director/Choreographer: Ken Quitugua
Producer: Michael Velasquez, Al’n Duong, Yuji Okumoto
Writer: Tran Quoc Bao
Synopsis: A dead-beat dad, an insurance scammer, and an MMA coach find themselves in the middle of a gang war when they must avenge their Kung Fu master’s death but first… they need to call in sick at their 9-to-5’s.
Director: Danny Lee
Synopsis: A documentary investigating the U.S. opioid epidemic through the eyes and experiences of millennials.
Cast: Jimmy Wong, Constance Wu, John Cho, Jimmy O. Yang, Jackie Chan, Ian Chen, Natasha Liu Bordizzo, Will Yun Lee, and Bobby Lee.
Producer: Jackie Chan’s Sparkle Media, Qi Jianghong
Synopsis: A tale of discovering the greatest wish of all.
Why Open: In addition to starring a host of stellar Asian superstars, Sparkle Roll Media (Jackie Chan’s company) is producing.
Creator, Host, Producer: Lisa Ling
Synopsis: Award-winning journalist Lisa Ling goes on a gritty, breathtaking journey to the far corners of America.
Why Open: Lisa Ling, visionary journalist and long-time Asian icon, provides a thoughtful, inventive, and exposed examination of a world that needs it most.