Showcasing the best of female talent. Filmmakers and Screenwriters
Short Film: NIGHT-BLOOMING CEREUS, 16min., USA, Crime/Thriller
Directed by Lana Wang Night-blooming Cereus is a crime short film. A young Broadway actress becomes a lead star after witnessing a secretive death of the main actor. Withholding the truth from others, she seems to have an acting career better than ever…
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Director Biography – Lana Wang
Growing up in a small town in 1990s China, my biggest pleasure of all would be watching American Gangster films and Thrillers with my dad every Friday night. Those films were an eye-opener for me and I started collecting inspiration from names like Martin Scorsese and Billy Wilder.
The first film I written and directed, Nana, won awards and became the official selection of more than twenty international film festivals. Most recently, the documentary I co-produced, Like the Dyer’s Hand, was nominated Best Documentary at the 2020 Shanghai International Film Festival.
When I visited New York City, I was fascinated by the city’s history and the stories of gangsters that existed and thrived. During my whole life, I’ve watched many brilliant gangster films and Film-Noirs. As a female filmmaker, I want to create a film about a crime story that hasn’t been told, while bringing the audience back to the golden age of Film-Noir using iconic sound and visuals.
The irony of this festival is that its goal is to not be around in 5 years time. To eventually not be relevant because there is zero need to have a festival geared for female talent and female stories because the stories presented in Hollywood and around the world are a balanced showcase of the human experience from both sexes.
Our goal is to achieve a lot of success and then fold into oblivion simply because there is no need for this festival.
This festival was created by the FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival as a simple reaction to a strong need to showcase female talent from around the world in a more profound way.
When putting together the weekly festival, the administration noticed a lack of a female presence in the stories being shown at the festival.
A classic example and analogy to the frustration is how the festival noticed that even the smaller roles in a screenplay were written for a man to play. There was zero reason for this in many stories. How a police officer, or a political campaign manager, for example with 3-4 lines in a screenplay was a "HE" character. Why? And these are the screenplays written by the winners! The talented one who have obtained agents and have began/beginning their careers as a writer.