If you’ve ever traveled abroad, you’re probably familiar with the feeling of not belonging. That feeling of being almost a fraud. And if you’re a Westerner in Asia, that feeling can be multiplied by ten as the culture you’re experiencing is so far removed from what you’re familiar with, and the language is so foreign that you just feel lost. For some that can be an exciting way to spend a vacation. But If you’re trying to make a film in those sorts of conditions, it can be overwhelming, and also incredibly entertaining. The latter situation is the basis of the upcoming documentary “Leave the Bus Through the Broken Window.”
And in honor of ‘Leave the Bus’ making its debut at the upcoming SXSW Film Festival, we are proud to bring our readers the first look at the film’s trailer. In the doc, filmmaker Andrew Hevia finds himself in Hong Kong, as he attempts to create a documentary about an international art fair. However, once the culture shock sets in, leading to him getting lost in a massive shopping mall, as well as other uncomfortable situations, ‘Leave the Bus’ becomes much more about Hevia’s experiences in the foreign culture and less about the art that he, obviously, is not prepared to cover.
Hevia has previously worked on documentary shorts, but is probably best known as one of the producers attached to Barry Jenkins’ Oscar-winning film, “Moonlight.” However, on ‘Leave the Bus,’ audiences will get to see a deeply personal and sometimes horribly comedic look at the filmmaker’s life outside of his producing background.
“Leave the Bus Through the Broken Window” is set to premiere on Saturday, March 9. Hopefully, it won’t be long for audiences outside of SXSW to get a chance to check out Hevia’s intriguing doc.
Here’s the synopsis:
A hapless American expat in Hong Kong sets out to make a documentary about an international art fair but finds himself out of his depth. He turns the camera on himself and the film becomes a deeply personal and unexpectedly comedic story about authenticity, heartbreak and that time he got lost in a shopping mall.