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Lucky Grandma

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

Producer: Cara Marcous, Krista Parris
Screenwriter: Sasie Sealy, Angela Cheng
Cinematographer: Eduardo Mayen
Editor: Hye Mee Na
Cast: Tsai Chin, Corey Ha, Michael Tow, Woody Fu, Wai Ching Ho, Clem Cheung

Grandma Wong lives in Chinatown and her life is pretty straight and narrow. She’s a chain smoking grump, recently widowed but determined to live on her own terms. When a local fortune teller predicts that she’ll have an extremely lucky day, she hits the casinos. But the luck she’s having comes with strings attached as she attracts the curiosity of the local gangs. Grandma hires Big Pong as her bodyguard and a small Chinatown gang war is set in motion. Tsai Chin is delightful as Grandma Wong in this love letter to Chinatown dressed as a gangster comedy. Cleverly designed, this stylish gran-noir is a unique and original mashup of genres with plenty of heart and just enough blood to keep it pumping.


Sasie Sealy is an award-winning writer and director from North Carolina. Sealy has twice been awarded the short filmmaking prize at the Tribeca Film Festival. Sealy has won numerous grants from the Sundance Institute, New York State Council on the Arts, Film Independent, the Sloan Foundation, and the Tribeca Film Institute. Lucky Grandma is her feature debut.

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