Coffee Talks are back! Our popular series has brought together some of today’s most interesting film figures in lively, fascinating, freewheeling conversations for years. Join in and sip your favorite blend while watching creators discuss their craft.
June is Pride month and to celebrate, we’re bring together two exciting filmmakers from the new vanguard of LGBTQ+ storytellers: Spirit Award winner Andrew Ahn (Fire Island, Spa Night) and Spirit Award nominee Isabel Sandoval (Under the Banner of Heaven, Lingua Franca). Pull up a chair and listen in as they discuss all things film (and TV!) in an hour of fun, unscripted conversation.
As always, Film Independent Members who tune in live will have the opportunity to submit questions.
Andrew Ahn is a queer Korean American filmmaker. Ahn’s latest feature Fire Island (Searchlight Pictures) starring Joel Kim Booster, Bowen Yang and Margaret Cho is currently streaming on Hulu. His film Driveways premiered at the 2019 Berlinale and received two Film Independent Spirit Awards nominations. Ahn’s film Spa Night premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and won the John Cassavetes Spirit Award. Ahn has directed television for Netflix, FX and HBO Max. He promotes diversity in the arts by mentoring filmmakers through programs like PacArts’ Reel Voices, Outfest’s OutSet and the Sundance Institute’s Native Filmmaker Lab.
Director, actress, writer, producer and editor Isabel Sandoval is a Filipina filmmaker who made history with Lingua Franca at the 2019 Venice International Film Festival with the first film directed by and starring a trans woman of color to ever screen in competition. Lingua Franca was nominated for the 2021 Film Independent John Cassavetes Spirit Award. Isabel Sandoval has most recently directed the penultimate episode, “Revelation,” of the critically acclaimed FX limited series, Under the Banner of Heaven, based on the book by Jon Krakauer.
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