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Meet the 2013 Sundance Filmmakers #25: Yen Tan Explores the Oft-Forgotten Lives of Gay Men in Small-Town America in 'Pit Stop'

Indiewire By Indiewire | Indiewire January 14, 2013 at 12:49PM

Born and raised in Malaysia, Austin-based filmmaker Yen Tan studied in Des Moines, Iowa before moving to Austin, Texas where he now resides. His previous film, the award-winning "Ciao," was released theatrically. He was profiled on the cover of the Austin Chronicle for his film poster designs. "Pit Stop" participated in the Outfest Screenwriting Lab and was awarded grants by the Austin Film Society, Vilcek Foundation, and United States Artists. It marks his third feature.
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Born and raised in Malaysia, Austin-based filmmaker Yen Tan studied in Des Moines, Iowa before moving to Austin, Texas where he now resides. His previous film, the award-winning "Ciao," was released theatrically. He was profiled on the cover of the Austin Chronicle for his film poster designs. "Pit Stop" participated in the Outfest Screenwriting Lab and was awarded grants by the Austin Film Society, Vilcek Foundation, and United States Artists. It marks his third feature.

What It's About: "Two men. A small town. A love that isn't quite out of reach."

Sundance "Pit Stop."

What It's REALLY About: "It's a story about several characters in a small Texas town, anchored by two working class gay men who are both struggling with their own loneliness. Their lives are unfulfilled for different reasons, and they all seek love and connection."

Films That Inspired Me: Martin Scorcese's "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore," Lee Chang-Dong's "Poetry," and Hirokazu Koreeda's "Still Walking."

What I Shot On: "Red One."

Up Next: "Working on a new script about a long-term relationship, and more key art designs!"

Indiewire invited Sundance Film Festival directors to tell us about their films, including what inspired them, the challenges they faced and what they're doing next. We'll be publishing their responses leading up to the 2013 festival.

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