Bryn Mawr Film Institute welcomes filmmaker Patrick Wang for a Q&A following a screening of his acclaimed debut drama, In the Family, on Wednesday, September 12 at 7:00 pm. Wang directed, wrote, produced, and starred in the tour de force, which received rave reviews from Roger Ebert and the New York Times and was featured on over 25 best films lists.
In the Family is the disarming story of an Asian-American contractor, Joey (Patrick Wang), whose world is turned upside down when his partner dies in a car accident. Due to the stipulations of an out-of-date will, custody of the partner’s six-year-old son from his previous relationship is given to the man’s sister instead of Joey. Moving and tender, the film takes the time to explore the characters and their situation without using labels like “gay marriage” or advocating easy Hollywood answers. Although filmed in New York, the film is set in a mid-sized town in Western Tennessee, and has also received much praise for its honest and authentic portrayal of the modern South.
Nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature, In the Family has appeared on over 25 best-of lists and was chosen as a New York Times and Chicago Reader Critic’s Pick. The film and Patrick Wang have won awards at several festivals, including the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival, the Galway Film Festival, and the Spokane International Film Festival.
Patrick Wang wrote, directed, and stars in In the Family, his first feature film. A Houston native, Wang has acted and directed theater in New York and Boston, including productions at the Stella Adler Studio and The Neighborhood Playhouse. He specializes in directing classical verse drama and new works; past productions include the world premiere of Diane Arnson Svarlien’s translation of Medea and Surviving the Nian, which won a Jonathan Larson Award. His collection of short drama was published as The Monologue Plays. His performance in M. Butterfly was the subject of Leah Hager Cohen’s book, The Stuff of Dreams, and he has acted in a number of short films, including acting in and producing the award-winning 2003 short “Surveillances” and 2006’s “Little Mary”. His love of theater began when he was a student at MIT, where he majored in Economics with a concentration in Music and Theatre Arts.