Directed by Angie Wang
In 1984, the most powerful drug dealer on the west coast of the United States was a 19 year old coed. After losing her scholarship, Angie is forced by financial necessity to become an expert at making the party drug Ecstasy in the chemistry lab at her prestigious West Coast university. Business heats up, but she is hiding dangerous secrets from everyone in her life—including her best friend, her roommate, and her father—and must finally make a choice between chasing her dreams and following the almighty dollar. Based on actual events, Cardinal X stars Annie Q (of HBO’s The Leftovers) and Francesca Eastwood (of ABC’s Heroes Reborn).
Previous Screening / Awards:
Los Angeles Asia Pacific Film Festival 2017; CAAMFest 2017
Being a first generation Chinese American woman, growing up in both urban and rural neighbourhoods where she was often the only Asian, Angie Wang’s distinct “outlier” perspective comes through in her semi-autobiographical first film, Cardinal X, which shatters the idea of the “model minority” and peels back the layers on a palette of stereotypes. Her path to filmmaking has been a winding one; she worked in technology sales and founded a consulting services company before spearheading and serving as Director for the non profit, GROW. Her work at GROW (Global Resiliency Outreach Work) with at risk middle school kids ignited her passion for social change. She believes that film is the perfect medium to tell stories that entertain, inspire thought, and shift perspective.
Director: Angie Wang
Producer: Angie Wang, Richard J. Bosner