Eleven Films Highlighting Emerging Voices in Asian-American Cinema

| May 3, 2016


Recently, Hollywood execs claimed they couldn’t find Asian talent to spearhead their films. But the amazing works by a number of up-and-coming Film School Shorts directors and actors tell a different story.


Behind the Scenes of Above the Sea

Behind the Scenes of Above the Sea


To celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, we put together a playlist of these films from emerging directors who are sure to change the face of Hollywood for the better.

It features shorts like the Student Academy Award-winning Above the Sea by Keola Racela:



Pagpag (The Refuse) was directed by John Paul Su, who was named the Director Guild of America’s Best Asian-American Filmmaker for his work on the short:



Erica Liu’s Springtime stars her real-life grandmother:



I am John Wayne by Christina Choe screened at Slamdance, the Maryland Film Festival, the Seattle International Film Festival, and plenty more events across the country.



And So You’ve Grown Attached by Kate Tsang has picked up tons of accolades:



You can check out the complete playlist on YouTube.

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Film School Shorts is made possible by a grant from Maurice Kanbar, celebrating the vitality and power of the moving image, and by the members of KQED.

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