13 to Watch in 2013
Ciao, Malaysian-born film director Yen Tan's first full-length drama — cowritten by Tan and gay star Alessandro Calza — was an understated portrait of two gay men mourning the death of a mutual friend. AfterElton.com considered Ciao one of the best gay films of 2008, and winning the Best Feature Film Jury Prize at the Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival helped catapult Tan into the limelight as a promising, young, openly gay Asian filmmaker. About his newest film, Pit Stop, Tan says, “I started to think about the smaller towns in between the cities where I’d only stop for gas and coffee, and what it’d be like to live there as a gay man." Workshopped at the Outfest Screenwriting Lab, Pit Stop will premiere at Sundance this year.
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