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.
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.