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"...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...."
"...Aside from Ravals' opening night presentation, he'll be screening another of his award-winning features, 2014's Before You Know It. However, he's not the only director getting a double bill, as aGLIFF celebrates another Texan filmmaker, Yen Tan, as the recipient of its first ever Tribute Award..."
"...PJ Raval better clear some more display cabinet space: After scooping the Grand Jury Prize for Outstanding North American Documentary Feature at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival in May, the Austin director's new film Call Her Ganda has won best documentary at Toronto's Inside Out LGBT Film Festival...."
"...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..."
"...Besides the coup of premiering local luminary PJ Raval's Call Her Ganda (see "The Murder of Beauty," at right, for more on that), Brunzell also has another celebrated Austinite in the mix, filmmaker Yen Tan, who will receive the festival's inaugural tribute award. There will also be an encore screening of his Eighties AIDS drama 1985, which debuted this year at SXSW, plus a 10th anniversary screening of his second feature, Ciao..."
"...That diverse slate of grant winners includes a host of directors and projects already covered in the pages of the Chronicle, including Dallas-to-Austin transplant Yen Tan. His narrative feature 1985 is one of the projects to share in the $110,000 in production fund grants going out to movies either currently filming or headed to distribution (that makes this a doubly exciting weekend for Tam, who is being honored as the first ever Tribute Award recipient at this weekend’s All Genders, Lifestyles, and Identities Film Festival - see our aGLIFF coverage for more details)...."
"...The biopic of the controversial and groundbreaking artist (played by Matt Smith - yes, Doctor Who himself) comes after the festival had already announced that Austin's own P.J. Raval will be bringing his award winning documentary Call Her Ganda home, plus a retrospective for the fest's first ever Tribute honoree, Yen Tan..."
"...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..."