Director: Michele Josue
Synopsis: The Philippine jail known for a viral Michael Jackson dance video comes under the management of an ex-inmate, sparking controversy and criticism.
Director: Gurinder Chadha
Cast: Viveik Kalra, Kulvinder Ghir, Meera Ganatra
Synopsis: In 1987, during the austere days of Thatcher’s Britain, a teenager learns to live life, understand his family and find his own voice through the music of Bruce Springsteen.
Why Open: The Sundance hit, directed by the inimitable Gurinder Chadha, is the story of a Muslim teen in 1987 Britain who learns to live life, understand his family, and find his own voice through the music of Bruce Springsteen.
Director: Mike Gan
Writer: Mike Gan
Cast: Harry Shum Jr.
Synopsis: BURN follows a lonely, unstable gas station attendant Melinda (Tilda Cobham-Hervey), tired of being overshadowed by her more confident, outgoing co-worker Sheila (Suki Waterhouse). When the gas station is held at gunpoint by Billy (Josh Hutcherson), a desperate man in need of quick cash, Melinda finds an opportunity to make a connection with the robber, regardless of who gets hurt.
Director: Justin Chon
Cast: Tiffany Chu, Teddy Lee, Octavio Pizano, James Kang
Synopsis: Kasie, stuck in LA’s Koreatown, works as a karaoke hostess getting paid for her companionship by drunken men. When her dad’s hospice nurse quits she reconnects with her estranged brother, Carey, forcing them to enter a period of intense self-reflection as their single father who raised them nears death.
Cast: Constance Wu
Synopsis: Inspired by a New York Magazine article by Jessica Pressler that went viral, former strip club employees band together to turn the tables on their Wall Street clients.
Cast: Chloe Bennet, Albert Tsai, Tenzing Norgay Trainor, Tsai Chin
Executives: Peilin Chou, Justinian Huang
Synopsis: Pearl Studio and DreamWorks Animation’s co-production ABOMINABLE is the first modern day Chinese family to be featured in a global animated film. It takes audiences on an epic 3,000-mile journey from the streets of Shanghai to the breathtaking Himalayan snowscapes. When a mischievous group of friends encounter a young Yeti, they embark upon an epic quest to reunite the magical creature with his family at the highest point on Earth.
Why Open: American-Chinese animated adventure film with an all-star Asian cast. Several executives involved including Peilin Chou (Chief Creative Officer of Pearl Studios), who is the only C-Suite Asian female executive at a Hollywood Studio and Abhijay Prakash (Universal Filmed Entertainment Group President) rank among the most senior Asians in Hollywood who are consistently committed to further enabling diversity.
Director: Tom Waller
Writer: Tom Waller
Synopsis: Thai soccer team rescue.
Why Open: From Thai-Irish Writer/Director Tom Waller, The Cave explores the triumphant rescue of a young Thai soccer team.
Director: Ang Lee
Cast: Benedict Wong
Synopsis: An elite assassin becomes the target of a mysterious young operative who can seemingly predict his every move.