Marilyn Fu is a Taiwanese American screenwriter whose latest film “The Sisterhood of Night” has been just begun screening on the film festival circuit and is soon to be released in theaters nationwide and on VOD starting April 10th.
Inspired by Steven Millhauser’s short story of the same name, “The Sisterhood of Night” tells the story of a group of teenage girls who have formed their own secret society and meets in the forest after dark. When word leaks out in their small-town high school through gossip chains and social media, suspicion arises about their activities, but the girls refuse to explain themselves after having taken a vow of silence. The ensuing investigation and media coverage turns ugly, but the question remains: Who is innocent and who is guilty? Think of it as modern re-telling of the Salem witch trials, which makes a pointed statement about cyber-bullying, media/public perception, and the challenges that young people, especially teenage girls, face today. Simply put, it’s a must-see film for this generation.
Directed by Caryn Waechter, the talented ensemble cast includes Georgie Henley (The Chronicles of Narnia), Kara Hayward (Moonrise Kingdom), Laura Fraser (Breaking Bad), Olivia DeJonge, and Kal Penn (Harold & Kumar). Willa Cuthrell plays Taiwanese American Catherine Huang, one of the teen leads, which allowed Marilyn Fu to write in the story of three generations of a Taiwanese American family inspired by her own. Louis Ozawa Changchien (Predators), Hudson Yang (Fresh Off the Boat), and David Chen–all of Taiwanese heritage–give wonderful performances that will resonate with Taiwanese American audiences. Make no mistake, this film has absolutely nothing to do with race/ethnicity, but the diversity in casting rounds out the dimensions and depths of the story-telling. Plus, we love seeing images and relating to stories of ourselves on the big screen!
Read our past interview with Marilyn Fu when she and her team just started their Kickstarter campaign to raise $100,000 to fund the film: http://www.taiwaneseamerican.org/2012/02/interview-with-marilyn-fu-screenwriter-of-the-sisterhood-of-night/