Driveways
May 7 2020
Driveways
May 7 2020
Director: Andrew Ahn
Cast: Hong Chau and Lucas Jaye
Synopsis: Kathy (Golden Globe® Nominee Hong Chau), a single mother, travels with her shy eight-year-old son Cody (newcomer Lucas Jaye) to Kathy’s late sister’s house which they plan to clean and sell. As Kathy realizes how little she knew about her sister, Cody develops an unlikely friendship with Del (Golden Globe®, Tony® winner and acting legend Brian Dennehy), the Korean War vet and widower who lives next door. Over the course of a summer, and with Del’s encouragement, Cody develops the courage to come out of his shell and, along with his mother, finds a new place to call home.
The Lovebirds
May 22 2020
The Lovebirds
May 22 2020

Cast: Kumail Nanjiani, Issa Rae

Synopsis: On the brink of breaking up, a couple gets unintentionally embroiled in a bizarre (and hilarious) murder mystery. As they get closer to clearing their names and solving the case, they need to figure out how they, and their relationship, can survive the night.

Why Open: Finally! An interracial couple where both members are people of color–and funny.

Director: Lynn Chen
Cast: Lynn Chen, Yea-Ming Chen, Ayako Fujitani, Goh Nakamura, Ayami Riley Tomine, Tamlyn Tomita, Joy Osmanski, Cesario Tio, Patrick Epino, Anthony Ma, Michael Aki, Bodhi Yang
Synopsis: An Official Selection of SXSW 2020, Will Make You Mine is a semi-sequel to Surrogate Valentine (SXSW 2011) and Daylight Savings (SXSW 2012)  that revisits the characters in a stand-alone story, with a fresh new perspective. Rachel (Lynn Chen) lives in idle luxury with a cheating husband, Professor Erika (Ayako Fujitani) juggles career demands while raising her daughter Sachiko (newcomer Ayami Riley Tomine), and struggling musician Yea-Ming (Yea-Ming Chen) is still chasing a fast-fading dream. Three women who could not be more different have one thing in common: their flawed romantic history with singer-songwriter Goh Nakamura (himself). When the amiable but unreliable Goh ambles back into town and into their lives, the past comes roaring back.
The High Note
May 29 2020
The High Note
May 29 2020

Director: Nisha Ganatra

Cast: Zoe Chao, Sonal Shah, Ren Holly Liu

Synopsis: A superstar singer and her overworked personal assistant are presented with a choice that could alter the course of their respective careers.

First Cow
Jun 3 2020
First Cow
Jun 3 2020

Cast: Orion Lee

Synopsis: Set in 1820s Pacific Northwest during the birth of America. Two men become friends and business partners.

Taste The Nation
Jun 18 2020
Taste The Nation
Jun 18 2020

Host: Padma Lakshmi

Synopsis: In Taste the Nation, award-winning cookbook author, host and executive producer Padma Lakshmi, takes audiences on a journey across America, exploring the rich and diverse food culture of various immigrant groups, seeking out the people who have so heavily shaped what American food is today. From indigenous communities to recent immigrant arrivals, Padma breaks bread with Americans across the nation to uncover the roots and relationship between our food, our humanity and our history – ultimately revealing stories that challenge notions of identity, belonging, and what it means to be American.

Lingua Franca
Aug 26 2020
Lingua Franca
Aug 26 2020

Director: Isabel Sandoval

Cast: Isabel Sandoval (“Señorita”) – Olivia
Ivory Aquino (“When We Rise,” “When They See Us”) – Trixie

Synopsis: An undocumented trans woman (Isabel Sandoval) becomes romantically involved with a Russian-Jewish slaughterhouse worker (Eamon Farren, “The Witcher”) in Coney Island.

Why Open: Acquired by Ava DuVernay’s ARRAY, LINGUA FRANCA made history at the 2019 Venice International Film Festival Venice Days program as the first film directed and starring an openly trans woman of color to screen in competition.

Cast: Dev Patel, Phaldut Sharma, Peter Singh, Jairaj Varsani, Benedict Wong

Synopsis: A modern take on Charles Dickens’s classic tale of a young orphan who is able to triumph over many obstacles.