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Edgy characters unravel histories and reveal true identities throughout this year’s bold slate of narrative competition films.

  1. Cardinal X

    Angie Wang / Narrative / USA / 2017 / 94 mins
    In 1984, Angie Wang is both a co-ed and the biggest supplier of Ecstasy on the West Coast. After losing her scholarship to a prestigious college in San Francisco, she starts manufacturing the drug to make ends meet. All the while, she straddles the increasingly fractured line of her double life.
    Cardinal X

    Alamo Drafthouse
    March 10, 2017 9:00 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets

    Cardinal X

    New Parkway Theater
    March 18, 2017 8:10 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets

  2. Chee and T

    Tanuj Chopra / Narrative / USA / 2016 / Bay Area Connection, Comedy, Narrative / 80 mins
    Living in the tech bubble of Silicon Valley, dynamic duo Chee and T are anything but tech savvy. This charming buddy dramedy captures the growing pains of becoming an adult in an overtly selfish world. CHEE AND T highlights the adventures of two good friends and the odd variable that teaches them about family.
    Chee and T

    Alamo Drafthouse
    March 11, 2017 3:10 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets

  3. Gook

    Justin Chon / Narrative / USA / 2017 / Narrative / 94 mins
    Drawn from his own childhood experience, Justin Chon’s sophomore directorial film shines a light on the Korean American experience during the 1992 L.A. Uprising. The film follows two Korean American brothers as they struggle to maintain their family’s shoe repair shop and their unlikely friendship with a young African American girl. Set against brewing tensions in the aftermath of the Rodney King verdict, GOOK highlights the continued relevance of the riots 25 years later.

    Alamo Drafthouse
    March 11, 2017 9:00 pm At Rush

  4. Light

    Lenora Lee & Tatsu Aoki / Narrative / USA / 2017 / Experimental, Narrative / 57 mins
    Dance, memory, music, and poetry collide in a visual and aural landscape. Inspired by the life of Bessie M. Lee, LIGHT paints a powerful and intimate portrait of an early 20th century migrant who spent two years in servitude and was vital in grounding New York’s Chinatown community.

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    Gray Area
    March 11, 2017 7:00 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets

  5. The Lockpicker

    Randall Okita / Narrative / Canada / 2016 / Documentary / 94 mins
    Filmed in partnership with a Toronto high school, THE LOCKPICKER orbits around a teenage thief haunted by memories of loss and violence. Pulled along by the ever-present gravity of trauma, he reckons with his hunger for intimacy. Weaving harsh realism and ethereal scene, Randall Okita explores a furious, adolescent desire for escape.
    The Lockpicker

    Alamo Drafthouse
    March 13, 2017 8:30 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets

  6. Wexford Plaza

    Joyce Wong / Narrative / Canada / 2016 / Narrative / 80 mins
    Strip mall security guard Betty and restaurant bartender Danny strike up a friendship in their unhappy suburban universe in this dark, quirky comedy. When they have an unexpected encounter that goes beyond the friend zone, we see the impact, intentions and emotional baggage each side brings to the table.
    Wexford Plaza

    Roxie Theater
    March 10, 2017 7:20 pm Buy Tickets Buy Tickets