Museum of Human Achievement
"...Like all good stories about death, 1985 is full of life. Dallas-based director Yen Tan's latest feature film gracefully portrays one man's struggle with coming out while simultaneously coming to terms with the AIDS crisis of the Eighties...."
"...When Yen Tan was growing up in the Eighties, he didn't dream of making movie posters; he dreamed of making movies like the big American blockbusters that flooded the movie theatres of his native Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. His parents, meanwhile, dreamed of their son having a viable career..."
"...We're not supposed to linger at gas stations. But where most of us divert our eyes in the body memory of commerce, Yen Tan keeps his wide open...."
"...Independent filmmaker Yen Tan fell into poster design when he couldn't afford to hire a professional to produce promotional materials for his low-budget features. Entirely self-taught, Yen Tan eventually began designing posters for other filmmakers, too...."
"...That’s a lot of noise. But a standout poster design will do a lot to distinguish a film from the pack, and no less than seven filmmakers have enlisted Austin graphic designer Yen Tan’s services to help their pictures pop...."
"...Austinites Andrew Bujalski and Yen Tan will screen new films in the Sundance Film Festival's forward-thinking NEXT sidebar, while Dallasite David Lowery will compete in the U.S. Dramatic Competition slate...."
"...Filmmaker, poster designer, and February Chron cover boy Yen Tan is now $40,000 closer to getting his new feature film made: The Vilcek Foundation, whose mission is to honor the contributions of foreign-born scholars and artists living in the U.S., announced this week that its very nice-sized grant would go to help fund production of the Malaysian-born, Austin-dwelling Tan’s new film Pit Stop, about “parallel stories of two gay men in a small Texas town.” Tan hopes to go into production this spring; you can read more about Tan in Josh Rosenblatt’s recent profile (“Sleight of Hand,” Feb. 10, 2012) here...."
"...So you've decided to make a movie, like Yen Tan. You've got your script written and your actors cast and your locations picked out..."
"...The event, organized by Artistic Director Curran Nault, will "screen new and classic works by the queens of the queer Texas film scene" at the Salvage Vanguard Theater. Nault's assemblage of star talent for the event is an important landmark, not the least because the panelists involved are some of this state's most acclaimed directors..."
"...These two dedicated pots will be part of $130,000 available to rising Texas filmmakers, allowing them to join the ranks of previous recipients like Yen Tan (1985), Clay Liford (Slash) Kat Candler (Hellion), Karen Skloss (The Honor Farm), Andrew Bujalski (Results), Augustine Frizzell (Never Going Back), David and Nathan Zellner (Kid-Thing), and Sandra Adair (The Secret Life of Lance Letscher)...."
"...He's not the only recognizable name. From Spike Lee to Daryl Hannah, Kate McKinnon to John Cena, plus Austin talents like the Zellner brothers, Ethan Hawke, Andrew Bujalski, Yen Tan, and many more, here's today's list for your perusal: NARRATIVE FEATURE COMPETITION [image-1]..."
"...All That We Love D: Yen Tan (Austin) AFS Grant Award: $2,500 MPS Camera Award: $5,000 The death of a beloved pet compels a middle-aged man to examine the fragility of his present relationships...."
"...Kat Candler receives both a production and a travel grant for her short Hellion and a travel grant for her new award winner Black Metal. Andrew Bujalski gets travel support for Computer Chess (showing in Austin this week), while PJ Raval gets some travel assistance for Before You Know It...."
"...Where do I begin? It’s cool – we’ve got you covered. You’re going to want to start with our SXSW Film preview, on stands Thursday, featuring interviews with boldface names like Joss Whedon, Neil Labute, and Kathleen Hanna, homegrown talent like Yen Tan and Bryan Poyser, and scrappy up-and-comers you’re gonna be all “I knew 'em before they sold out” about..."
"...Other accolades and acquisitions of note: Former Austin resident David Lowery's handsome-looking Ain't Them Bodies Saints was acquired by IFC and earned the festival's Cinematography Award. Lowery was also the co-screenwriter of Yen Tan's Austin-made Pit Stop, an unusually told story about the complications of gay relationships..."
"...The big story coming out of this year’s Sundance Film Festival was the wealth of standout films made by Austin directors. Today, the South by Southwest Film Festival unveils its 2013 lineup, and guess what: A whole new batch of Austinites’ films will make their world premiere come March...."
"...I was thinking of putting together a mini-festival of original works by Asian-American authors living in Austin. That was very important to me, that it has to be people working in Austin, in our community..."
"...One of them is Hannah Fidell’s A Teacher, which I wrote about in my Day 2 coverage. The other two are Andrew Bujalski’s Computer Chess and Yen Tan’s Pit Stop...."
"...Hosts of Austin (and friends of Austin) filmmakers will be screening new work, including Richard Linklater, who'll debut the third film in the ongoing Before Sunrise saga-masterwork, Before Midnight; David Gordon Green, with Bastrop-shot comedy Prince Avalanche, starring Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch; and Jeff Nichols, with the first stateside screening of Mud, starring Matthew McConaughey (who's currently racking in year-end accolades for his very fine work in Bernie, Magic Mike, and Killer Joe). Three local films will show in the NEXT sidebar, a showcase devoted to edgy, forward-thinking, modestly budgeted films: Andrew Bujalski's Computer Chess, Yen Tan's Pit Stop, and Hannah Fidell's A Teacher..."
"...While several of this year's South by Southwest Film submissions contend with contemporary anxieties surrounding pregnancy, birth, and parenting, writer/director Jonathan Lisecki's Gayby stands out as a surprisingly sweet and charming exploration of what happens when a Matt (Matthew Wilkas), a gay boy, and Jenn (Jenn Harris), a perpetually single gal, decide to make a baby together. And while on its surface Lisecki's film is a tart little romantic comedy, it's also a winking peek into the lives of gay folks, complete with inside jokes about best friends, bears, and comic books...."