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Sleight of Hand
How filmmaker Yen Tan fell into a gig selling other people's movies
Screens Story  February 10, 2012, by Josh Rosenblatt
"...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..."

You Can't Always Get What You Want
Yen Tan's 'Pit Stop' finds humanity in transaction
Screens Story  March 8, 2013, by Brandon Watson
"...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...."

At the Corner of Art and Commerce
The poster design of Yen Tan
Screens Story  February 10, 2012
"...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...."

The Man With the Golden Arm
Yen Tan’s poster designs are papering the town
DAILY SXSW  March 9, 2012, by Kimberley Jones
"...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...."

Sundance, Class of 2013
Andrew Bujalski, Yen Tan, David Lowery to debut new work
DAILY Screens  November 28, 2012, by Kimberley Jones
"...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...."

Film Flam
Kyle Killen back on TV, Yen Tan news, and more
DAILY Screens  March 2, 2012, by Kimberley Jones
"...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...."

Crowdfund for the Win
Where the shoestring meets Web savvy
Screens Story  February 10, 2012, by Josh Rosenblatt
"...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..."

Inside OUTsider
Queer filmmaking panel highlights Texas talent
Screens Story  February 11, 2016, by Sean L. Malin
"...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..."

AFS Grants Announced
$115,000 awarded to filmmakers
DAILY Screens  September 2, 2014, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...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...."

Austin Film Society Announces 2013 Grants
$116,000 awarded to Texas filmmakers
DAILY Screens  August 28, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...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...."

Keep Calm and Party On
Everything you need to know to navigate SXSW Film
DAILY Screens  March 4, 2013
"...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..."

Sun Sets on the Big 'Dance
Sundance ends with acquisitions and accolades for Austin filmmakers
Screens Story  February 1, 2013, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...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..."

SXSW Film Unveils March Lineup
So much ado!
DAILY Screens  January 31, 2013, by Kimberley Jones
"...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...."

An Asian Mom and a Jewish Mom Walk Into a Bar …
Actually, they walk into Austin's Lucky Chaos Theatre this Friday
DAILY Arts  January 31, 2013, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...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..."

Sundance ’13: Day Four
'Computer Chess' and 'Pit Stop' are true originals
DAILY Screens  January 24, 2013, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...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...."

Sundance Taps Texas Filmmakers for 2013 Fest
Richard Linklater, David Gordon Green, Andrew Bujalski, and more head to Park City to show off new films
Screens Story  December 7, 2012, by Kimberley Jones
"...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..."

Mama Drama
The comedy in 21st century babymaking
Screens Story  March 9, 2012, by Melanie Haupt
"...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...."

Alphabet Soup: aGLIFF, IFP, and Other Announcements
Announcements from aGLIFF, Austin represents at the IFP, and more
DAILY Screens  July 25, 2014, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...The showcase offers berths to projects in various stages of development, the common denominator being that they are independent productions. All That We Love, written by Pit Stop’s Yen Tan and Wuss’ Clay Liford and directed by Tan, has the following logline: “The death of a beloved pet compels a middle-aged man to examine the fragility of his present relationships.” The co-directors of Now, Forager, Julia Halperin and Jason Cortlund, will present their next project, La Barracuda, which is being executive-produced by Bruce Beresford..."

Familiar Features at Dallas International Film Festival
Revisit some favorites that hit Austin already
DAILY Screens  April 4, 2013, by Monica Riese
"...Yen Tan's third feature finds humanity in transaction and follows two semicloseted men in rural Texas dealing with the weight of former relationships. We caught up with Tan before his film screened in March...."

The Eyeslicer Roadshow Aims to Melt Your Brain
Low-budget, lo-fi shorts celebrate radical filmmaking
Screens Story  October 12, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...In his old day job as Kickstarter's senior film outreach lead, Schoenbrun learned much about the challenges facing modern low-budget filmmakers: "The internet has done so many good things for art and artists and democratizing great work, but it's really hard to stand out." That double-edged sword is particularly brutal for short films: "So many of them are made and released in isolation. If you don't know to look for them, you're not going to find them..."

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