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Synopsis: AVAILABLE AUGUST 16th AND 24th | 10:00 AM – MIDNIGHT

Tera Wong delivers Chinese food for her mother’s struggling restaurant located in the “Low Bottoms,” an infamous Los Angeles project. And everyone around her, including her unpredictable brother (Saren), are financially trapped in this crime and violence-ridden neighborhood. That is until, Tera takes a job from the local drug Kingpin, moving his “product” inside her takeout food boxes. With the cash rolling in, Tera intends to move the family restaurant to the suburbs and go clean. But after a series of tragic events, the dream that Tera built on a foundation of lies, may crumble.

Rated

Strong Language

Language

English, Spanish, and Canotonese

Run Time

98 minutes

Starring

Hedy Wong (Tera)
Ski Carr (Lalo)
Lynna Yee (Wavy)
J. Teddy Garces (Hector)
Lorin Ly (Saren)

Directed by

Hisonni Johnson

Written by

Hedy Wong
Hisonni Johnson

Produced by

Melissa Del Rosario

Prod. Company

Premiere Pre and Post

Director's Statement

Take Out Girl is meant to bridge the gap between the “Haves” and “Have-nots” by dramatizing a situation that could motivate a person with great potential to choose a life of crime. American prisons system are full of low-level drug dealers. The general sentiment toward those prisoners is “They Broke the law and deserved the punishment they get. They’re bad people.” But is it that simple? In Take Out Girl, we depict both a family and a neighborhood in which, crime, is passed down from one generation to next via environmental influence or sheer desperation.

Director's Bio

Hisonni Mustafa Johnson is a first-generation Guyanese American Writer, Director, Actor, Cinematographer, United States Marine, and Route 91 Las Vegas Shooting Survivor. He earned a full academic scholarship to the prestigious University School of Milwaukee, a nationally renowned college preparatory high school. He further distinguished himself by receiving the Presidential Gold Seal for academics and athletics. Johnson studied acting at the University of Wisconsin in the Bachelor of Fine Arts program.
Hisonni has received nearly 100 accolades for his two original television pilots, “Fight Night Legacy” and “Olympia,” including a 2013 Streamy Award Nomination and the Grand Prize at the LAWEBFEST. His most recent pilot, “Grayson: Earth One – his take on the origins of the DC Comic hero, Nightwing – has received great reviews from the likes of Marvels’ Stan Lee, The Hollywood Reporter, Deadline Hollywood, The Collider, IGN, and countless others.
As a director, Hisonni stays sharp with Acting With Directors, an acting class he founded in 2018. Each week, he prepares a lesson plan, reads several dozen scripts, select scenes for 20 different students. Hisonni mentors these promising performers in audition technique, Cold reading, set etiquette, and text analysis. His proudest achievement in the class is The Emma Jean Johnson Scholarship Fund, a program named after his late mother that provides tuition relief to students on a rolling basis. In conjunction with the food donation program, he started in 2019, Hisonni has provided over $15,000 to actors who wouldn’t be able to afford acting class otherwise AND over 400 hot meals to the homeless of Clark County.
In 2020 it was announced that Hisonni’s second feature film Take Out Girl would have its world premiere at and Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose by The Hollywood Reporter, Billboard.com, and Film Threat. Take Out Girl was recently scored an 8/10 by Filmthreat.com and was named one of Ashland Independent Film Festival’s must-see films of 2020.

Awards

Ashland Independent Film Festival - United States - 2020

Special Jury Recognition for Cinematography (Alberto Triana and Hisonni Johnson)

Official selection

Ashland Independent Film Festival - United States - 2020

Cinequest Film Festival - United States - 2020

Quotes

Hisonni Johnson's TAKE OUT GIRL simply put, delivers a full meal. The ambitious indie thriller pops with South Central's colorful palette while capturing an original Chinese immigrant story infused with action and adventure. - Ashland Independent Film Festival 2020 -

Country of Origin

USA

Production Year

2020

Official Website

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