One of America’s largest showcases of cinema, music, and interactive media takes over Austin once again from March 10th through the 19th! To help navigate your way through the daunting lineup, consult our handy guide to films and events featuring Asian and Asian American talent before and behind the cameras.
A discussion of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the media, featuring Dante Basco (Hook, Avatar: The Last Airbender), Christine Minji Chang (Kollaboration), Jenny Yang (Disoriented Comedy), and Phil Yu (Angry Asian Man).
THE BIG SICK (U.S., dir. Michael Showalter)
Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley) stars in the story of his real-life courtship with writer Emily V. Gordon (Zoe Kazan), produced by Judd Apatow and directed by Michael Showalter of Hello, My Name Is Doris (SXSW ’15).
DAVID LYNCH – THE ART LIFE (U.S., dir. Jon Nguyen)
Jon Nguyen—a collaborator on the behind-the-scenes docs Lynch (one) and Lynch 2—helms a new portrait of the legendary filmmaker, this time centered on his work as a painter.
NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION
FITS AND STARTS (U.S., dir. Laura Terruso)
A struggling, unproductive writer (Wyatt Cenac) attempts to cope with life in the shadow of his wife (Greta Lee), who’s become a full-blown literary sensation.
DOCUMENTARY FEATURE COMPETITION
I AM ANOTHER YOU (U.S., dir. Nanfu Wang)
Nanfu Wang follows the Academy Award-shortlisted Hooligan Sparrow with this portrait of a young drifter (Dylan Olsen) trekking across the United States.
LET THERE BE LIGHT (Canada, dirs. Mila Aung-Thwin and Van Royko)
Scientists around the world—from professionals in the French countryside to amateurs in their garages—work in pursuit of an elusive common goal: to unlock the secrets of nuclear fusion.
MAINELAND (China/U.S., dir. Miao Wang)
An intimate look at young Chinese studying in a New England boarding school, from the makers of the acclaimed Beijing Taxi (SXSW ’10).
GEMINI (U.S., dir. Aaron Katz)
The director of Cold Weather (SXSW ’10) returns with another mystery. A Hollywood starlet’s personal assistant (Lola Kirke) digs into a vicious crime that also embroils a police detective (John Cho).
BARBECUE (Australia, dir. Matthew Salleh)
An expansive, globe-trotting look at barbecue in more than a dozen different countries, building on the 2015 short Central Texas Barbecue.
SIGNATURE MOVE (U.S., dir. Jennifer Reeder)
A Pakistani American woman (Fawzia Mirza) takes up lucha libre and enters a relationship with a Mexican American woman (Sari Sanchez), all while looking after her widowed, traditionalist mother (Shabana Azmi).
MAYHEM (U.S., dir. Joe Lynch)
The Walking Dead‘s Steven Yeun faces another apocalyptic scenario when a virus impels his co-workers to act out their most violent impulses.
MEATBALL MACHINE KODOKU (Japan, dir. Nishimura Yoshihiro)
The splatterpunk favorite Meatball Machine gets rebooted by its original director. The blood and body parts fly as parasites transform their hosts into battling “Necro-borgs.”
GHOST IN THE SHELL (Japan, dir. Oshii Mamoru)
A big-screen revival of the 1995 animated classic.