When Austin filmmaker Kayla Abuda Galang went home for the holidays, she noticed how each generation of the family would spread out across the house.
“We often had my aunties in one room gossiping and chatting and laughing and singing karaoke, and my uncles also kind of separated from the group, either playing poker or mahjong or watching the game and drinking,” Galang said. “All of the kids and the teenagers would be left to their own devices.”
Galang wrote and directed “When You Left Me on That Boulevard,” a coming-of-age short film inspired by her own emotional experience of family reunions in her Filipino-American household.
The film follows a teenage girl, Ly, and her cousins as they get high before a boisterous family Thanksgiving at one of their auntie’s houses in San Diego in 2006.