Malaysian-born writer and director Yen Tan premiered the critically-acclaimed Pit Stop at Sundance 2013. It was a John Cassavetes Award nominee at the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards. The film has acquired distribution worldwide. His previous feature, Ciao (2008), was released theatrically and was a Queer Lion contender at Venice Film Festival. Yen co-directed Until We Could with David Lowery, an Addy-winning PSA for Freedom to Marry that was narrated by Robin Wright and Ben Foster. Yen's latest film 1985, premiered at SXSW 2018, starring Cory Michael Smith, Virginia Madsen, Michael Chiklis, and Jamie Chung. The NYT Critic's Pick feature is inspired by his Short of the Week of the same name.
He’s also a sought-after graphic designer under the moniker of Otto is the One, where he's known for his iconic key art and branding of several prominent independent films and documentaries that have premiered at Cannes, Sundance, Berlinale, Toronto, SXSW, and Tribeca. He has also designed for IFC Films, Sundance Selects, Cohen Media Group, Film Presence, and Austin Film Society. He won an Excellence in Poster Design jury award for Manson Family Vacation at SXSW 2015. Yen currently resides in Austin, Texas and was profiled by director Maris Curran (Five Nights in Maine) for Adobe Create.