Take Out Girl tells the story of Tera (played by 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.
From Johnson and Wong: “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. 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.”
“I was blown away by Hedy’s breakout performance when I screened Take Out Girl at ABFF. 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,” says Greg Maurice, Director of Content Acquisition at 1091 Pictures.
The film won Best Director at the American Black Film Festival, the Robert Rodriguez Indie Auteur Of The Year Award at Bare Bones Film Festival, The Raising Voices Award at DisOrient Film Festival and was an official selection at Cinequest, Asian American International Film Festival, and more.