MS. PURPLE is a drama about two Asian American siblings, Kasie & Carey, who grew up and are stuck in Koreatown, Los Angeles. Their mother abandoned them when they were young and they were raised by their father who is now on his death bed. They both have deep scars left from their upbringing that they are constantly trying to overcome as they struggle to navigate their own lives. Ultimately this story is about a mending of a relationship between a brother and sister and the regrouping of a family in the final days of their father’s life.
DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT - JUSTIN CHON
The passion for this story comes from my own relationship with my sister and family. I've always found the sibling dynamic fascinating and wanted to examine more closely the depths of these connections. The extreme emotions between brothers and sisters have such an amazing range, from an undeniable bond of family to knowing just the right buttons to cause the most pain. I also was particularly drawn to this project because it tells a story from a female point of view. Throughout the process I realized how misinformed I was about the female perspective and I was able to achieve a much better understanding of how women are treated in our community. Filmmaking to me is about exploring the journey of humanity and this film helped me search for that truth through our protagonist lead, Kasie.
During our festival run for Gook I noticed there's always at least one film about a family dealing with their problems and they usually happen to be white. There's nothing wrong with that but made me think that I would love to see an honest depiction of an Asian family dealing with their problems in a very human way.
I feel extremely lucky to be an Asian American filmmaker at this time where it seems like audiences finally want to see Asian faces on the big screen. The successes of Crazy Rich Asians and Searching this past year have been groundbreaking in starting the movement and I feel MS. PURPLE is significant because it represents the other half of our community, the crazy poor half. There are still so many stories left to be told and not enough time so I will continue to push forward and make films regardless of budget and resources.
WHAT WE'RE ASKING FOR
$45,000 is the absolute bare minimum we need to finish this film.
The first $30k will go towards post production which includes color correction, color grading, sound design/foley, ADR and visual effects.
The next $15k will be used for composer, music rights and composition of our score.
If we are fortunate enough to reach our goal, whatever extra we receive will help with the many other costs/expenses still needed during this process; film festivals/travel, marketing/pr, accounting/legal and much much more!
We want to thank our amazingly talented cast and crew for their countless sacrifices during production of Ms. Purple. We are also so grateful to everyone that supported our last Kickstarter, not only monetarily but with word of mouth by sharing our project to as many people as possible. This film would not have been made without each and every one of you and we are so excited to be a part of the movement with you all as we continue to strive for stronger Asian American voices in Hollywood. Thank you!
Risks and challenges
Although we finished shooting Ms. Purple there is still so much left to accomplish and that's where you guys come in to help make this a reality!
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