After debuting to strong reviews at the American Black Film Festival and various other events, 1091 Pictures has unveiled the first trailer for the drama-thriller Take Out Girl inspired by true events from the life of co-writer and star Hedy Wong. The trailer can be viewed in the player below!
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Co-written by Wong and Indigenous director Hisonni Johnson (Grayson: Earth One), the story centers on Tera (Wong), a 20-year-old Asian-American woman who parlays her family restaurant delivery expertise into a profitable drug hustle in order to help her immigrant mother’s struggling business.
“We put everything we had into crafting a universally relatable story without sacrificing the color of its roots, which is why we’ve maintained the Asian-American voice, experience, and authenticity,” Wong and Johnson wrote in a statement. “In turbulent political times such as now, Take Out Girl manages to demystify the narrative of ‘the other’ and the divisive myth of ‘the model minority,’ which the media has historically utilized to pit minorities against one another. We hope that Take Out Girl makes a positive contribution to America’s social climate by provoking healthy conversations regarding this country’s varying cultural fabrics and our shared struggles. We truly believe that diversity is a source for strength, not division.”
Alongside Wong, the cast for the film includes Ski Carr (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Blue Bloods), Lynna Yee (Fresh Off the Boat), J. Teddy Garces (Days of Our Lives, Zane’s the Jump Off), Lorin Ly (Raskal Love, One Day), Dijon Talton (Glee, How to Get Away with Murder) and rapper $tupid Young in a cameo role.
“I was blown away by Hedy’s breakout performance when I screened Take Out Girl at ABFF,” Greg Maurice, Director of Content Acquisition at 1091 Pictures, said in a statement. “Her intensity and her grit combined with Hisonni’s slick style of cinematography is a result of its success at many diverse festivals. Given we live in such a divisive time, it’s always inspirational to see two people from different backgrounds like Hisonni and Hedy collaborating and incorporating an inclusive cast to create such amazing work.”
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The film, which won Best Director at the American Black Film Festival, the Robert Rodriguez Indie Auteur Of The Year Award at Bare Bones Film Festival and The Raising Voices Award at DisOrient Film Festival, will hit digital platforms to rent or purchase on May 18!