Inspired by true events…
It’s 1984, and a gorgeous, young, working-class woman, Angie Wang (Annie Q.) from Newark, NJ, is about to start her freshman year at a prestigious San Francisco university. On her first day, she meets her new roommate, a rich girl named Jeanine Rockwell (Francesca Eastwood), and the two bond over booze, boys, and their first taste of freedom!
Raised by her strict father in an urban neighborhood, the sudden jolt from hardship to privileged campus life proves to be a challenge for Angie Wang. When her financial aid is cut, she uses her book and street smarts, along with school resources to synthesize the growing popular drug, Ecstasy. Angie becomes one of the west coast's largest distributors of 'X," cutting deals on campus and in posh nightclubs. Her dual life as the Asian 'model minority' coed and profit-driven drug dealer is further complicated by her desire to help Bree, a girl from one of the bay area's most infamous ghettos who reminds her of her own dark past. Angie lives the high life until her recklessness instigates a sudden tragedy from which she may not recover.
Written and directed by Angie Wang, MDMA (formally known as Cardinal X) is a provocative, crime thriller inspired by true events of Wang’s gritty past as one of the major players in the party-drug business. Produced by Wang and Rick Bosner (Fruitvale Station) with Cassian Elwes (Dallas Buyers Club) and Lawrence Braitman serving as executive producers, the film stars Annie Q. (The Leftovers, Alex Strangelove), Francesca Eastwood (M.F.A., Outlaws and Angels), Pierson Fodé (CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful, Kill Game), Scott Keiji Takeda (Carrie Pilby), Aalyrah Caldwell (Code Black), Yetide Badaki (American Gods), Noah Segan (Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Looper) with Elisa Donovan (Clueless) and Ron Yuan (Disney’s upcoming live-action remake of Mulan, Netflix’s Marco Polo).