Fishbowl, directed by Kayo Hatto, 28 minutes.
13-year-old Lovey of Hilo, Hawaii, tries to be anything but herself. A comical coming-of-age tale based on Lois-Ann Yamanaka’s novel, ‘Wild Meat and the Bully Burgers.’
The Motel, directed by Michael Kang, 75 minutes.
Thirteen-year-old Ernest Chin lives and works at an hourly-rate motel on a strip of desolate suburban bi-way. Misunderstood by his family and blindly careening into puberty, Ernest befriends Sam Kim, a self-destructive yet charismatic Korean man who has checked in. Sam teaches the fatherless boy all the rites of manhood.
Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings, directed by Tadashi Nakamura, 54mins
This intimate documentary gives viewers a singular glimpse into Jake Shimabukuro, ukulele virtuoso, but also Jake, the young boy who grew up in a modest apartment to a single mother and unsuspectingly rose to international stardom.
Fractured, directed by Arnold Chun, 14 mins
Danny Park is suffering from a mental illness. His parents are in denial about it. When the family finally comes to terms with taking action to help their child, it’s too late.
Monday, directed by Dinh Thai, 19 mins
In the culturally diverse world of Los Angeles, a young hustler navigates through various cliques while facing racism, danger and a moral struggle with his illicit occupation. And it’s only Monday.
Ms. Purple, directed by Justin Chon, 87 mins
A young woman who works as a karaoke hostess in Koreatown reconnects with her estranged brother in the final days of their father’s life.