Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir

Official Selection of the 2021 Sundance Film Festival

Co-presented with Asia Society Texas Center

Feb 2, 2021, 07:30 PM Moonstruck Drive-In $30.00 Get Tickets

This film is an Official Selection of the 2021 Sundance Film Festival. MoonStruck Drive-in will open at 6:30PM.  The film starts at 7:30PM and will be preceded by an HCAS curated pre-show reel.  The ticket price is $30 per car, which includes all passengers in the car.

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Literary titan Amy Tan analyzes her life, her work, and her family—in the present and past tense—in this longitudinal biopic directed by James Redford. As Tan traces her childhood through The Joy Luck Club and her later compositions, she dissects issues of representation, multigenerational trauma, and the stigma and challenge of illness. Forcefully matrilineal in focus, this film moves through generations of Tan’s family, revealing listening as the heart of Tan’s creative practice and contextualizing the patience with which Tan broke through barriers and waited on the other side, welcoming the world to join her.

This, the late James Redford’s final film, epitomizes his filmmaking talent, treading with great empathy into the life story of another and leaving telltale signs of a directorial vision both crystalline and warm. Perfectly implementing the generative listening Tan highlights so deliberately, Redford is responsive and engaged in this dimensional portrait of one of the most important writers in contemporary fiction.

Country, Year United States, 2021
DirectorJames Redford
CastAmy Tan
ProducerKaren Pritzker, Cassandra Jabola
LanguageEnglish
Runtime101 MINS, SECS
GenreDocumentary
SubjectFilm
Event TypeDrive In