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Film Independent announced their nominees for the 2019 Spirit Awards recognizing the best in independent cinema. And yes, there were Asians in the mix:

BEST FEATURE:
FIRST REFORMED (Deepak Sikka, producer)

BEST FIRST FEATURE:
SORRY TO BOTHER YOU (Nina Yang Bongiovi, producer)
THE TALE (Mynette Louie, producer)

BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY:
NANCY (Christina Choe)

JOHN CASSAVETES AWARD (Award given to the best feature made for under $500,000):
A BREAD FACTORY (Patrick Wang, writer/director/producer)

BEST MALE LEAD:
SEARCHING (John Cho)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY:
SUSPIRIA (Sayombhu Mukdeeprom)

BEST EDITING:
WE THE ANIMALS (Keiko Deguchi)

BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM:
BURNING (South Korea)
SHOPLIFTERS (Japan)

BEST DOCUMENTARY:
MINDING THE GAP (Bing Liu, producer/director. Diane Quon, producer)
SHIRKERS (Sandi Tan, producer/director)
WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR? (Nicholas Ma, producer)

BONNIE AWARD SPONSORED BY AMERICAN AIRLINES (Bonnie Tiburzi Caputo joined American Airlines in 1973 at age 24, becoming the first female pilot to fly for a major U.S. airline. In her honor, the second annual Bonnie Award will recognize a mid-career female director with a $50,000 unrestricted grant, sponsored by American Airlines.):
Karyn Kusama

PRODUCERS AWARD (The Producers Award, now in its 22nd year, honors emerging producers who, despite highly limited resources demonstrate the creativity, tenacity and vision required to produce quality, independent films. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant.):
Shrihari Sathe

TRUER THAN FICTION AWARD (The Truer Than Fiction Award, now in its 24th year, is presented to an emerging director of non-fiction features who has not yet received significant recognition. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant.):
MINDING THE GAP (Bing Liu)

(If we missed anyone, let us know in the comments below)

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