Lucky Grandma

Director: Sasie Sealy
Narrative Features :: Vanguard
Running Time:87:00 minutes
Event Date(s)
7:30 PM
Friday, November 15
Thalian Ballroom
1:00 PM
Sunday, November 17
Thalian Main

Director: Sasie Sealy
Producers: Cara Marcous, Krista Parris

Set in New York City, an ornery, chain-smoking Chinese Grandma goes all in at the casino, landing herself on the wrong side of luck…and in the middle of a Chinatown gang war.


Sasie is an award-winning writer/director from North Carolina, known for combining visually striking imagery and playful moments. Her films have screened at the Smithsonian Institute and festivals around the world, and she has twice been awarded the short filmmaking prize at the Tribeca Film Festival, with New York Magazine calling her film The Elephant Garden “one of the most touching and poignant films we’ve seen this year.” Her previous short Dance Mania Fantastic was named one of Tribeca’s +5, and she has won numerous grants and support from the Sundance Institute, New York State Council on the Arts, Film Independent, the Sloan Foundation, and the Tribeca Film Institute. A fellowship and new short with HBO in 2014 led to a chance to direct episodic television and her first DGA nomination for her work on Gortimer Gibbons’ Life on Normal Street. Since then, she has directed multiple projects for Amazon and most recently an episode of Fresh Off the Boat. Sasie is currently based in New York City, where she directs commercials as part of Bullitt Branded, the filmmaker collective and creative studio founded by Justin Lin and the Russo Brothers. Lucky Grandma is her feature debut.

Screening with:
Different Skies
Directors: Robert Bryson, Alex Hoelscher / 4:26
Different Skies is an unreleased music video by Bryson & Co. It is a classic good vs. evil story line in which good seems to be losing, but it ultimately overcomes evil at the last moment.