*Filmmaker will attend Q&A after the first screening
After a five-minute sequence of the Kim family’s online activity that beautifully relays a decade of their shared lives, Searching drops us into the current online existence of family patriarch David and daughter Margot, a high school freshman. Parenting mainly through iMessages and quick FaceTime chats, David is initially more annoyed than concerned when a series of his texts go unreturned, but he soon realizes Margot has gone missing. While a helpful detective searches for Margot out in the real world, David grasps at rediscovering his daughter in an unfamiliar online landscape as he searches through the traces she left behind on her laptop.
Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize
Audience Award: NEXT, Presented by Adobe
Aneesh Chaganty is a 25-year-old writer/director whose two-minute short film, a Google Glass spot called "Seeds", became an internet sensation after garnering more than one million YouTube views in 24 hours. Following its success, Aneesh was invited to join the Google Creative Lab in New York City, where he spent two years developing, writing, and directing Google commercials. "Searching" is Aneesh's first feature. He quit his job to make it.