Written and Directed by Angie Wang
Starring: Annie Q. (The Leftovers, Alex Strangelove), Francesca Eastwood (M.F.A., Outlaws and Angels), Pierson Fodé (CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful, Kill Game), Scott Keiji Takeda (Carrie Pilby), Aalyrah Caldwell (Code Black), Yetide Badaki (American Gods), Noah Segan (Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Looper) with Elisa Donovan (Clueless) and Ron Yuan (Disney’s upcoming live-action remake of Mulan, Netflix’s Marco Polo)
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 Wang. 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, 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 (pronounced “Wong”), MDMA is a semi-autobiographical period crime drama that offers the unique perspective of a working-class, Asian-American woman scrambling for status in a world of white, west-coast privilege. Inspired by true events of Wang’s gritty past, the film is produced by Wang and Rick Bosner (Fruitvale Station, The Wannabe) with Cassian Elwes (Dallas Buyers Club) and Lawrence Braitman serving as executive producers. Brett Pawlak (Short Term 12, Hellion) 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.