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: 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.
Producer: Kumail Nanjiani, Alan Yang
Synopsis: A small, collective portrait of America’s immigrants — and thereby a portrait of America itself.
Why Open: From the Oscar-nominated writers of indie hit The Big Sick and Master of None co-creator/executive producer, Alan Yang.
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.
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.
Producer: Janet Yang
Songwriter: Helen Park
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.
Why Open: Featuring a to-be-announced Asian female character and story, and produced by the legendary Janet Yang of the Joy Luck Club.