5 Films Featuring Asian Creatives Premiering at This Year’s SXSW

  1. “Ben and Suzanne, A Reunion in 4 Parts” 
  • Directed, written and co-produced by Sri Lankan American filmmaker Shaun Seneviratne, “Ben and Suzanne, A Reunion in 4 Parts” is his first feature. The story follows Ben Santhanaraj (Sathya Sridharan) as he travels to Sri Lanka with the intention of rekindling his relationship with American NGO worker Suzanne Hopper (Anastasia Olowin). As Suzanne’s job gets more and more demanding, Ben attempts to revive their romance before he has to depart once more. 
  1. “We’re All Gonna Die”
  • A futuristic story catalyzed by the emergence of a sudden alien “Spike,” the film stars Jordan Rodrigues and Ashley Burch, and is written and directed by Freddie Wong and Matthew Arnold. Burch plays a beekeeper and Rodrigues an EMT, with both teaming up in an effort to get back their things after Spike teleports them halfway across America. 
  1. “A Nice Indian Boy”
  1. “Doin’ It”
  1. “We Can Be Heroes”
  • In the Documentary Feature Competition is “We Can Be Heroes,” which is co-directed and co-produced by Carina Mia Wong. The Emmy-winning filmmaker’s feature documentary follows a LARP (Live Action Role Play) summer camp as its teenage participants construct imaginary worlds to help them confront their real-world lives, traumas and struggles.