Mission StatementAmerican films often define Asian women by their female-ness and Asian-ness, in both stereotypical and nuanced depictions. We want a film about complex Asian-American ladies that isn't about culture/gender/race. We want to see them in the kind of dark comedy films that we like.
About The Project
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Ever wanted to squeeze the life outta your loved ones?
Has family drama stolen the spotlight at your wedding or birthday?
Have you ever thought: "oh god I'm becoming my mother/father."
Then we have a movie for YOU! And even if your answers were no, you still get to see a murder coup in the #InstaWedding aesthetic.
A bride’s mother manipulates her into believing that her Nainai will disinherit her. The duo devises a murderous coup, but killing her grandmother during a bustling wedding proves harder than they thought.
There isn't anything like this
My family is mostly funny Asian-American ladies. We watch (1) Asian-American and female content to support those creators and (2) dark/off-beat comedies. But there's not much content that covers both categories, let alone content that isn’t about their Asian-ness or female-ness. We are tired of the “you-go-girl” monologue take-downs of sexism/racism, the one-dimensional subversions of stereotypes, the characters basically looking at the camera and congratulating viewers for being more *woke* than the awful supporting characters. For the sake of variety, let's have something else.
If My Mother's Daughter was a story that already existed, then I would just go watch that movie. But it doesn’t exist. So let's make it.
To be fair, I don’t intend on completely ignoring race/gender/culture in My Mother's Daughter –– it's definitely interwoven into the background. But it’s treated more as a lens to see the story through, rather than the topic of focus.
You'll relate to this
“Becoming our parents” is a common fear. But we assume that we’re somehow above our predecessors’ mistakes, dooming us to repeat those mistakes. Basically, “those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it”, but with small-h history rather than big-h History.
Gilmore Girls (2000-2007)
Sure, it's an Asian-American female story, but it’s about universal topics. People of all backgrounds will relate because everyone has dealt with family dysfunction and money disputes!
My Mother's Daughter draws inspiration from Damián Szifron's dark comedy Wild Tales (2014) and Ang Lee's comedy The Wedding Banquet.
We plan on contrasting the #InstaWedding aesthetic with a darker look to juxtapose the murder coup with the wedding.
THE CRIME SCENE
Our confirmed location is a gorgeous estate in Long Island:
BUDGET: Thanks to NYU, we already saved a lot on equipment, crew, and insurance! This campaign's $5,000 goal will cover additional equipment rentals, actor pay, production design, wardrobe, and hair/makeup!
Production design, wardrobe, and hair/makeup are needed to pull off a convincing wedding -- they ain't cheap. Additional equipment rentals will cover camera lenses (to make this a beautiful film that's worth your money), accessories (follow focus, monitor), and a silk to dilute light. Finally, we want to offer compensation to key actors and crew members so we can hire top-tier talent!
FUNDS: Our script has won several awards, giving us $3,670. If our Seed & Spark campaign raises $5,000, then our private contributor will match that!
TIMELINE: We have finished our shooting script and breakdowns, and locked our gorgeous location! Currently, we are hiring key crew members, crafting our shoot schedule, and casting our actors.
COVID SAFETY: We will follow NYU and SAG-AFTRA's Covid-19 safety guidelines. All cast and crew members will be fully vaccinated before the shoot and will stay outside during breaks. Cast (when they're not on camera) and crew will wear PPE at all times. Set surfaces will be disinfected every day.
It has been a terrible year. Over the past months, writing comedy (particularly dark comedy) has been very cathartic and has brightened my days. I hope this film will do the same for you.
WHERE ARE WE GOING?
We have high hopes for this project -- our goal is film festival circulation, focusing on Asian-American festivals like the Asian American International Film Festival, CAAMFest, and the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.
If you’ve read this far, at least one of our goals is probably resonating with you. Let’s be the change together! You contribute, I contribute, and together we’ll make a hilariously twisted, kick-ass movie.
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About This Team
Caroline Ratliff Wang
Raised in Hong Kong and the SF-Bay Area, Caroline is an NYC and Bay Area-based filmmaker. In 2021, she graduated from NYU with a Film and TV B.F.A. from the Tisch School of the Arts and Business B.S. from the Stern School of Business. Caroline has directed and produced a variety of shorts, music videos, and commercials that have screened at festivals across the globe. MY MOTHER’S DAUGHTER is her thesis film (it got delayed by Covid).
Fun fact: Caroline was the only girl scout in high school, where she'd annually become popular during cookie season. For her Gold Award, she worked with the local domestic violence center.
Daniel Beracha is an experienced independent film producer born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. Currently enrolled in a dual-degree program at NYU’s business and film schools, Daniel has produced multiple short films spanning all kinds of genres. His passion for genuine storytelling and preservation of traditional filmmaking is what drives him to produce films that hold significant value.
Blair Taller is an independent creative producer and filmmaker committed to bold voices and innovative forms. She studied at the Lycée Français de New York and is currently enrolled in a dual-degree program at NYU Stern and Tisch for film and business. Blair is working closely with the renowned art promoter Antonio Monda and Emmy award winner Pola Rapaport.
Skylar Carano Carroll
Raised in and enchanted by New York City, Skylar decided to stick around and now attends New York University pursuing a Business B.S. from the Stern School of Business and Film and Television B.F.A from the Tisch School of the Arts. Skylar is currently producing her first three short films and leveraging her academic and professional background to support her directors.
Director of Photography
Cece Chan is a Hong Kong-born and raised Director of Photography currently based in New York City. From a young age, she’s shown a keen interest in photography, and devotes much of her spare time in the study of light and color. She currently freelances in camera and grip and electric departments.
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