LGBTQ Asian Americans don’t get a lot of screen time, let alone an entire comedy series devoted to their experiences.
But that’s exactly what you’ll find in the new web series, Sideways Smile, from writer/creator/director Hang Nguyen. The series can be streamed now as part on both NewFest (starting today) and Austin Film Festival platforms, as well as several other festivals with virtual components throughout October.
The entire hilarious first season is now available and you’ll buzz through the hour’s worth of content happily. Focusing on Alex (Kathy Huynh-Phan), the series delves into her journey of self-discovery, which includes how to have an orgasm and a task to draw her own vagina, among other laugh-out-loud moments that had us cringing on her character’s behalf. Sideways Smile also gives an honest glimpse into the Asian-American experience in America, and New York specifically.
It’s a great bit of independent filmmaking and we can pretty much guarantee an upright smile from everyone who watches.
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