Front Lawn Film Nights
Get a bit of fun and fresh air with Asia Society this spring as we screen a collection of Asian and Asian American films outdoors on our front lawn! Spanning decades, genres, and cultures, our Front Lawn Film Nights series showcases groundbreaking filmmakers and artists who have made their mark in popular cinema.
View the films socially distanced from your own lawn pod — we've outlined a series of eight-foot circles across our festival lawn, each of which can accommodate up to four people, giving you and your friends or family space to cozy up in. Bring your own lawn chairs, blankets, and snacks to enjoy during the film!
We're also offering a Popcorn and Candy Package, which includes a candy box sampling some of our favorite Asian sweet treats, plus popcorn made fresh onsite. Each box serves two people; purchase your box online along with your tickets.
Please note we'll strictly adhere to protocols to keep our guests and staff safe throughout each event. Learn more about our health and safety protocols and procedures.
At a Glance
Film screenings begin at 8 p.m. each evening.
Lawn Seating Pod (seats four): $30 Asia Society Members, $40 Nonmembers
Popcorn and Candy Package (serves two): $10
Front Lawn Film Nights Line-Up
Friday, March 5, 8 p.m.: Crazy Rich Asians
Full of glitz, romance, and family dynamics, this satirical critique of extraordinary wealth and the culture that comes with it follows the story of New York professor Rachel Chu as she joins her boyfriend in Singapore to meet his family for the first time, and all of the drama that follows. Learn more »
Friday, March 19, 8 p.m.: Bend It Like Beckham
Growing up in Hounslow, West London, Jess is a young woman trying to reconcile the culture of her conservative Sikh family with her goal of becoming an international soccer superstar. A sports comedy that is lighthearted even while addressing issues of race, gender, and family dynamics, Bend It Like Beckham was a critical and commercial success topping box-office charts across the world. Learn more »
Friday, April 9, 8 p.m.: Enter the Dragon
Bruce Lee's final film showcases the philosophy and physicality of the international superstar as he plays a martial arts expert infiltrating a kung fu competition to investigate a notorious crime lord. This 1973 American and Hong Kong co-production is considered one of, if not the, most influential kung fu films of all time. Learn more »
Friday, May 7, 8 p.m.: Searching
Told through the screens we engage with every day — smartphones, computer screens, and browsers — Searching is a found-footage thriller examining generational disconnect in the digital world. The thrill of the film is rooted in John Cho's strong performance as David, a father thrown into a suspenseful search when he discovers his teenage daughter is missing, but also in the unique narrative's cybernetic spin. Learn more »
Friday, June 11, 8 p.m.: To Be Takei
Looking beyond the fame actor and activist George Takei found in his portrayal of Star Trek's Sulu, this documentary highlights Takei's work in standing up for the Japanese American and LGBTQ communities and his journey to becoming an unexpected social media sensation — all with the support of his husband, Brad. Learn more »
Friday, June 25, 8 p.m.: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
An epic saga from the 19th-century wuxia world of Chinese martial arts, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon tells the story of the mythical sword "Green Destiny" and those who wield it. Director Ang Lee's film brings together striking imagery, score, and emotional depth, winning dozens of awards. Learn more »
Major support for Performing Arts programs comes from Nancy C. Allen, Chinhui Juhn and Eddie Allen, Ellen Gritz and Milton Rosenau, the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance, Houston Endowment, The Hearst Foundation Inc., The Brown Foundation Inc., Mary Lawrence Porter, and the Anchorage Foundation of Texas. Generous funding also provided by AARP, The Clayton Fund, The Cullen Trust for the Performing Arts, Miller Theatre Advisory Board.Additional support provided by the Wortham Foundation, Texas Commission on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts,United Airlines, The Southmore, and through contributions from the Friends of Asia Society, a dedicated group of individuals and organizations committed to bringing exceptional programming and exhibitions to Asia Society Texas Center.
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