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2018 Asian American International Film Festival

SEARCHING – Opening Night Screening & Gala Reception

Directed by Aneesh Chaganty

NARRATIVE FEATURES, SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS / USA / 2018 / Drama, Mystery, Thriller / 101 mins / English

SEARCHING – Opening Night Presentation & Reception

Village East Cinema
July 25, 2018 7:00 pm Not Available


Q&A to follow with filmmakers

After David Kim (John Cho)’s sixteen-year-old daughter goes missing, a local investigation is opened and a detective (Debra Messing) 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. David must trace his daughter’s digital footprints before she disappears forever.

In this rebus-like mystery, SEARCHING’s unique cinematography and storytelling will ensnare audiences in David’s desperate search and blindside them with its landing emotional commentary on the things we both share and keep from those closest to us.


Post Screening Panelists:

Aneesh Chaganty, Director
John Cho, Cast
Sev Ohanian, Co-Writer/Producer

William Yu, Moderator


Open bar reception at Cadillac House to follow! Join us for delicious food and dessert,  champagne, coupons, raffle items, and more!

Screening made possible by: Korean American Community Foundation, Taiwanese American Professionals – NY, Asian Heritage Month @ NYU, Asian Americans in Media, Korean American Story

Director's Bio

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

Dates & Times

SEARCHING – Opening Night Presentation & Reception

Village East Cinema
July 25, 2018 7:00 pm Not Available