Adrian (Cory Michael Smith, “Gotham”, Carol) returns to Texas for Christmas, keeping quiet about both his sexuality and HIV status. Award-winning writer-director Yen Tan (Pit Stop, Ciao) delivers a poignant period piece about a gay man tying up loose ends with his parents (Virginia Madsen and Michael Chiklis) and friends (including Jamie Chung as Adrian’s ex from high school) and leaving a legacy of hope for his younger brother (Aidan Langford, Bosch), who may be following in Adrian’s footsteps.
Writhing (Dir: Robert John Torres, 12 min)
MON | July 16 | DGA 1 | 7:00 PM
Director: Yen Tan
USA | 85 minutes | 2018
DGA Atrium | 8:30 – 11:00 PM
Malaysian-born Yen Tan is an award-winning filmmaker and graphic designer in Austin, TX. His last feature, “Pit Stop” (Sundance and SXSW 2013) was nominated for a John Cassavetes Award at Film Independent Spirit Awards 2014. 1985 is based on his Short of the Week and Vimeo Staff Pick of the same title, which won a Special Jury Prize in SXSW 2016.