Cast: Pom Klementieff, Dave Bautista, Benedict Wong, Hiroyuku Sanada
Producer: Trinh Tran
Marketing: Asad Ayaz
Synopsis: After the devastating events of Avengers: Infinity War (2018), the universe is in ruins due to the efforts of the Mad Titan, Thanos. With the help of remaining allies, the Avengers must assemble once more in order to undo Thanos’ actions and restore order to the universe once and for all, no matter what consequences may be in store.
Why Open: Sure; it’s a big budget film in the most lucrative franchise in history–so why do they need us? Because we have to celebrate its lead Asian (especially hapas!) cast and honor Trinh Tran, its incredible Executive Producer who’s the right hand to the directing Russo Brothers. We also need to celebrate Marvel’s Marketing Chief, Asad Ayaz.
Producer: Nina Yang Bongiovi
Why Open: Powerhouse Producer Nina Yang Bongiovi, who has the most flawless track record in Sundance history for a creator who’s debut in competition, won, been acquired for theatrical distribution, then debuted to commercial and critical success, is back with her film on Stephon Marbury’s journey in China.
Creator: Sun-min Kim
Cast: Lee Hom Wang
Writer: Vivian Wang
Synopsis: An animated adventure in which the free-spirited UglyDolls confront what it means to be different, struggle with a desire to be loved, and ultimately discover who you truly are is what matters most.
Cast: Ken Watanabe
Producer: Tsunekazu Ishihara
Marketing: James Ngo
Synopsis: In a world where people collect Pokémon to do battle, a boy comes across an intelligent talking Pikachu who seeks to be a detective.
Why Open: Pokemon is the most lucrative franchise in the world, in history. Of course, it was also created by an Asian. The incredible Detective Pikachu stars iconic Ken Watanabe and boasts a slate of Asian executives ensuring its success.
Cast: Ian Chen, Henry Lau, Kenneth Liu
Executive in Charge of Production for Walden Media: Naia Cucukov
Synopsis: A dog finds the meaning of his own existence through the lives of the humans he meets.
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Mark Dacascos, Yayan Ruhian, Cecep Arif Rahman, Tiger Chen, Danish Bhatt
Producer: Keanu Reeves
Synopsis: Legendary hit man John Wick must fight his way out of New York when a $14 million contract on his life makes him the target of the world’s top assassins.
Why Open: Part Chinese-Hawaiian star, Keanu Reeves, has long-dazzled audiences worldwide as one of the foremost cerebral action stars.
Director: Ritesh Batra
Cast: Nawazuddin Siddiqi, Sanya Malhotra
Producer: Anish Savjani
Writer: Ritesh Batra
Synopsis: Two lives intersect in Mumbai and go along together. A struggling street photographer, pressured to marry by his grandmother, convinces a shy stranger to pose as his fiancée. The pair develops a connection that transforms them in ways that they could not expect.
Cast: Yara Shahidi, Charles Melton, Jake Choi, Cathy Shim, Keong Sim
Synopsis: Natasha and her family have less than 24 hours before they are scheduled to be deported from New York to Jamaica. Further complications soon arise when Natasha meets and falls in love with Daniel, the son of Korean immigrants.
Why Open: An interracial relationship, based on the much-adored YA novel, with an Asian male lead!