Director: Hepi Mita
Synopsis: Documentary portrait of pioneering filmmaker and mother Merata Mita, detailing how her filmmaking intersected with the lives of her children and indigenous filmmakers globally, and featuring rare archival footage dating back to 1977.
Showrunners/Writers: Bo Yeon Kim, Erika Lippoldt, Gabriel Ho
Cast: Michelle Yeoh
Why Open: More to come, but the iconic hero of so many, Michelle Yeoh, who has “shattered ceilings, broken boundaries, and astonished us with her grace and gravitas for decades” gets her well-deserved Star Trek series. CAPE New Writers Fellowship alums Bo Yeon Kim and Erika Lippoldt are Showrunning and are writing the pilot and other episodes.
Cast: Yifei Liu, Jet Li, Gong Li, Donnie Yen, Jason Scott Lee, Tzi Ma, Yoson An, Ron Yuan, Jimmy Wong, Doua Moua, Chen Tang, Jun Yu, Roger Yuan, Xana Tang, Rosalind Chao, Nelson Lee, and many more.
Synopsis: To save her ailing father from serving in the Imperial Army, a fearless young woman disguises herself as a man to battle northern invaders in China. A live-action feature film from Disney.
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.
Producers: Janet Yang, Gennie Rim, Peilin Chou
Songwriter: Helen Park
Cast: Cathy Ang, Phillipa Soo, Robert G. Chiu, Ken Jeong, John Cho, Ruthie Ann Miles, Margaret Cho, Kimiko Glenn, Artt Butler, and Sandra Oh.
Synopsis: “Over the Moon” is a musical adventure feature film about a girl who builds a rocket ship and blasts off to the moon in hopes of meeting a legendary Moon Goddess.
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.