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Non-union student film “Miss Fortune Cookie”
Biola University undergraduate thesis film
Writer-Director: Alyssa Iwata
Shoots May 2009
credit/copy/meals in Los Angles/La Mirada
STORY LINE: In the whimsical ‘Miss Fortune Cookie,’ Cherry Crane, an Asian girl who was raised white, enters an Asian-American beauty pageant in a harebrained attempt to find herself and annoy her whitebread parents. When her new friend Charlie Chin, a white guy who was raised Asian, begins to see right through her, Cherry must choose to play a part or to see herself for who she really is.
CHERRY CRANE: Lead / FEMALE / 18 TO 25 / Asian
Helpful Skills – Must speak perfect, unaccented English and look 21.
Cherry Crane’s quick-witted, fast-talking pessimistic exterior conceals a vulnerable lost soul looking for a sense of belonging. Cherry appears Asian, but in reality she thinks and acts like a nice twenty-one-year- old white girl. She gets a chip on her shoulder when her white parents tell her she’s adopted and push her into discovering her Asian roots, launching her into an identity crisis. She’s pretty enough and poised enough to do well in a beauty pageant, but smart enough to see it for what it is.
CHARLIE CHIN: Lead / MALE / 22 TO 25 / Caucasian
Charlie Chin, in his early twenties and comfortable in his own skin, is cheerful, confident, and Caucasian. He was also raised by Chinese parents. He’s relatively tall and good-looking, but still approachable and down-to-earth. College educated, Charlie chooses instead to bartend and just take life as it comes. Having dealt with discrimination, Charlie has learned to embrace his unique upbringing, yet his heart still yearns for a girl who understands what it’s like to not fit in with anybody. Ability to speak Chinese is a plus, but not mandatory.
CALISTA CRANE: Supporting / FEMALE / 40 TO 50 / Caucasian
Cherry’s mother, middle-aged Calista Crane, is as whitebread as they come. Incredibly fastidious and pragmatic, she’s the type of person who always wears rubber gloves when cleaning and who does not believe in family pets or beauty pageants. She isn’t a particularly warm person, but she does have the capacity to be deeply loving. She is also very ignorant of anything outside her white, upper middle class culture.
MR. CHIN: Supporting / MALE / 55 TO 70 / Asian, Chinese
Required Skills – Dialects: Chinese; Languages: Chinese, English
Mr. Chin is the ancient, paper-thin owner of The Gin of the Sixth Happiness. He does not drink because he invariably prefers tea. He lives by the fortune cookie, and is convinced they contain truth, which makes him decidedly eccentric. He is very proud of being Asian, but he raised his adopted white son, Charlie, to embrace diversity.
CURTIS CRANE: Supporting / MALE / 45 TO 55 / Caucasian
Curtis Crane, Cherry’s father, is well-educated and practical, but utterly clueless. He enjoys his middle-of-the- road, suburban existence, and doesn’t like to make waves. Like his wife, Calista, he knows nothing outside his conservative, Caucasian culture.
KATIE KATO: Supporting / FEMALE / 28 TO 35 / Asian
A former beauty queen, Katie Kato is an effervescent, well-put-together Japanese-American woman in her early thirties. Completely wrapped up in her own delightful world, Katie sees things as she thinks they should be.
YOUNG CHERRY CRANE: Supporting / FEMALE / 5 TO 9 / Asian
We see Young Cherry Crane in a series of flashbacks. Carefree and innocent, Young Cherry is a good little girl who sees the world through eyes of wonderment. It is a non-speaking role, so the ability to take direction about facial expression and body language is important.
MAGICIAN: Featured / MALE / 18 TO 40
Required Skills – Must be able to perform real slight of hand tricks.
The magician appears in an imagination sequence and performs a slight of hand trick in which a fortune cookie ‘disappears’ from one of his outstretched fists. Showmanship and grace is essential!
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