Shout! Studios, the multi-platform filmed entertainment distribution and production arm of Shout! Factory, has acquired North American rights to writer/director Angie Wang’s semi-autobiographical crime drama MDMA (a.k.a. Cardinal X). Written and directed by Angie Wang, MDMA is a provocative crime thriller inspired by true events of Wang’s gritty past as one of the major players in the party-drug business. Produced by Wang and Rick Bosner (Fruitvale Station) with Cassian Elwes (Dallas Buyers Club) and Lawrence Braitman serving as executive producers, the film stars 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). The announcement was made today by David McIntosh, Shout’s Senior Vice President of Content Licensing & Strategy, Jordan Fields, Shout’s Vice President of Acquisitions, and filmmaker Angie Wang.
Shout! Studios has secured all North American distribution rights to MDMA, including theatrical, video on-demand, digital, broadcast and home entertainment for cross-platform releases in the U.S. and Canada. Shout! Studios plans a strategic rollout of this movie across multiple entertainment platforms, beginning with a day-and-date launch fall 2018.
“Angie Wang has delivered an impressively gritty and timely tale about what happens when financial hardship inspires a young, clever mind to pursue a misguided idea. Annie Q. and Francesca Eastwood deliver particularly strong performances, and we’re confident it will connect with a broad audience,” said Jordan Fields, Vice President of Acquisitions at Shout! Studios.
“One of the most beautiful and unforeseen rewards was the sense of tribe you create with a film. I’ve been blessed with MDMA to have supportive industry veterans who served as mentors, wonderful staff at film festivals and of course, the most incredible, gifted cast and crew, who put their hearts and souls on screen. All of them allowed me along the way to achieve my goal- to connect with audiences, who have overwhelmed me with their collective heart. So it is that I am particularly excited by this partnership with Shout! Studios. The team there has been supportive, enthusiastic and polished. I am thrilled to be working with such a talented team to introduce MDMA to more people,” stated filmmaker Angie Wang.
The film deal was negotiated by Jordan Fields and Vanessa Keiko Flanders, Shout’s Vice President of Business Affairs, and Ronna Wallace on behalf of the filmmakers.
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.