White Rabbit is Christina Yoon’s senior thesis film (Advanced Production) at NYU Tisch School of the Arts.
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Grace, a 13-year-old aspiring journalist, attends an elite private school where she finds herself disconnected from everyone around her. After a grotesquely murdered rabbit is found near her school, Grace pursues an investigation and discovers that the killer is a rebellious student named Dylan.
A tumultuous relationship unfolds as Grace struggles to stop Dylan’s violent slaughters but begins to understand that they are more alike than she first believed. Grace is thrust into a dark and difficult journey when she realizes that she may care more for the damaged perpetrator than the murdered rabbits themselves.
White Rabbit is about the confusion and loneliness of growing up. The film explores the chaotic age when many first begin to question what was once accepted blindly - ideas of morality, relationships, happiness, self-worth, and ultimately, one’s own place in the world. It is a dark but hopeful film, showing that human connection and love can guide those who are lost in darkness to finally stumble into the light
Human connection and disconnection has always fascinated me, perhaps because it has always been one of my struggles. When I was young, I had few friends and always felt like an outsider looking in. It wasn’t until my teenage years that I became fully aware of my inability to connect. Thus began the darkest and most transformative period of my life, when for the first time, I became plagued by endless questions – how to be better, how to feel whole, how to be happy. Ultimately, this film asks: What happens when you can’t find the answers?
You’re living in the dark. Some may kick and punch through it in rebellion; others dwell and sink deeper, hoping for an escape.
This film explores this darkness and the two people whose worlds collide in it.
Early adolescence is an age that I believe is too often portrayed as one-dimensional – a major exception being The 400 Blows. I wish to bring my characters to life the way Francois Truffaut did – making them sophisticated and complicated, yet still too childish to fully understand themselves and their place in the world. Grace and Dylan experience tragedy, desperation, and yearning, but most of all, develop a deep connection that finally gives them the answers they have been looking for. What comes to life is a strange and beautiful reality, reflecting the subjective point of view of the 13-year-olds within it.
The beauty of cinema to me is the ability for the viewer to discover inner truth in new and foreign worlds. To go far and find yourself. With White Rabbit, I seek to draw from what has lived within me to create an honest, perspective-changing film about what it means to be lost. Just as Grace and Dylan begin to find answers, I hope this film will move you to search for answers of your own.
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Risks and challenges
Securing cast and locations is tough, especially since we will be working with middle schools and young actors. While there are many young students studying acting, they often specialize in theater and don't have as much experience in film acting. There are other complications with working with minors, such as additional paperwork and limits on working hours. Finding an Asian actress for Grace's character will prove especially difficult.
Fortunately, we've been blessed to have great casting and production managers on our team, so we are actively preparing contingency plans should any large obstacles arise. You can check out our team members here: http://whiterabbitnyu.com/tagged/crew
Regardless of the hurdles we will undergo, we'll be documenting our entire journey through a "making of" series. Stay tuned and help make the dream a reality!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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