Directed by Aneesh Chaganty
After David Kim (John Cho)’s 16-year- old daughter goes missing, a local investigation is opened and a detective is assigned to the case. But 37 hours later and without a single lead, David decides to search the one place no one has looked yet, where all secrets are kept today: his daughter’s laptop. In a hyper-modern thriller told via the technology devices we use every day to communicate, David must trace his daughter’s digital footprints before she disappears forever.
We are very excited to open the Festival with the Sundance NEXT Audience Award winner SEARCHING from director Aneesh Chaganty and starring John Cho. This innovative film, which takes place all within a computer screen, is a unique experiment that is very outside-the-box, yet it all takes place within the “box” of a computer screen. Stretching the parameters of genre cinema that may, on the surface, be limiting, Chaganty’s deft direction, coupled with an intense performance by Cho, showcases a new voice in Asian American and genre filmmaking, much like how Jordan Peele’s GET OUT flipped the script on horror film conventions. – Anderson Le
Aneesh Chaganty is a 27-year- old writer/director whose two minute short film, a Google Glass spot called “Seeds” became an internet sensation after garnering more than 1 million YouTube views in 24 hours. Following its success, Aneesh was invited to join the Google Creative Lab in New York City, where he spent two years developing, writing and directing Google commercials.
He is a recipient of the Future of Storytelling Fellowship, awarded to only five young creatives around the world “who have demonstrated a fearlessness to tell stories in unconventional ways” and whose works “will be instrumental in shaping the future of storytelling.” SEARCHING is Aneesh’s first feature. He quit his job to make it.
Director: Aneesh Chaganty
Writer: Aneesh Chaganty, Sev Ohanian
Producer: Timur Bekmambetov, Sev Ohanian, Adam Sidman, Natalie Qasabian
Cast: John Cho, Debra Messing, Joseph Lee, Michelle La