September 16 only
A Q&A with director Angie Wang will follow the screening
Inspired by true events…
It’s 1984, and a gorgeous, young working-class woman, Angie Wang (Annie Q.) from Newark, NJ, is about to start her freshman year at a prestigious San Francisco university. On her first day, she meets her new roommate, a rich girl named Jeanine Rockwell (Francesca Eastwood), and the two bond over booze, boys, and their first taste of freedom!
Raised by her strict father in an urban neighborhood, the sudden jolt from hardship to privileged campus life proves to be a challenge for Angie. When her financial aid is cut, she uses her book and street smarts, along with school resources to synthesize the growing popular drug, Ecstasy. Angie becomes one of the west coast’s largest distributors of ‘X,” cutting deals on campus and in posh nightclubs. Her dual life as the Asian ‘model minority’ coed and profit-driven drug dealer is further complicated by her desire to help Bree (Aalyrah Caldwell), a girl from one of the bay area’s most infamous ghettos who reminds her of her own dark past. Angie lives the high life until her recklessness instigates a sudden tragedy from which she may not recover.
Written and directed by Angie Wang, MDMA is a provocative, semi-autobiographical crime drama inspired by true events of Wang’s gritty past as one of the major players in the party-drug business. The film further offers the unique perspective of a working-class, Asian American woman scrambling for status in a world of bourgeois, west-coast privilege. This film is produced by Wang and Rick Bosner (Fruitvale Station) with Cassian Elwes (Dallas Buyers Club) and Lawrence Braitman serving as executive producers. Brett Pawlak (Short Term 12) is the cinematographer. Rodrigo Cabral (The Human Centipede III) is the production designer with costumes designed by one-time Project Runway contestant Kit Scarbo, who went on to serve as a costumer for Dancing with the Stars.
Written and directed by Angie Wang. 98 min. 2017. DCP.
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