Sunflower Girl

Short Narrative Film

Instead of delivering her little sister's forgotten lunchbox, a 13-year-old, Chinese-American girl, joins two boys for a skateboarding escapade on the streets of New York.
Sunflower Girl Proof-of-Concept Stills
Actor: Lily Buchanan
Synopsis
On an afternoon when ROSIE is skateboarding, she drops into her mother, KIM's dry-cleaners and is tasked with delivering her 6-year-old sister, AMY's forgotten lunchbox.
When Rosie arrives at school to pick up her sister, she runs into two skater boys: her cool crush SKYLAR, and his rambunctious best friend COOPER.  
Trouble ensues when Rosie joins up with the boys, as they express their hunger, Rosie must choose between her family responsibilities or her new skate crew.
Tone References:
Boy (2010)
Boy (2010)
A Summer At Grandpa's (1984)
A Summer At Grandpa's (1984)
mid90s (2018)
mid90s (2018)
Shirkers (2018)
Shirkers (2018)
Skate Kitchen (2018)
Skate Kitchen (2018)
Skate Kitchen (2018)
Skate Kitchen (2018)
Paranoid Park (2007)
Paranoid Park (2007)
Boy (2010), A Summer At Grandpa's (1984), mid90s (2018), Shirkers (2018), Skate Kitchen (2018)​​​​​​​, Paranoid Park (2007)​​​​​​​
Director's Statement
Innocence, young love, complicated beliefs about oneself, and relationships with family are all budding issues that tend to feel larger than life growing up.  When writing Sunflower Girl, I drew direct inspiration from tapping into buried memories of my past as a young teen growing up in New York City, and from my own family’s history as Cantonese immigrants who owned a Chinese laundry storefront in Brooklyn. 
When the COVID-19 pandemic swept the country, American news media became inundated with stories of discrimination and violence against Asians.  Wanting to steer clear of showcasing hate and suffering, I felt moved to tell an uplifting and personal coming-of-age story that explored the universal experience of growing pains from the perspective of a young Chinese-American girl in New York City.
Americanism coming in contact with the Asian American experience is the greater theme that I’m exploring.  Where Americanism seeks to devour the other, Sunflower Girl offers a tender, yet complex slice of Asian American life through the lens of the female gaze.
- Holly M. Kaplan

Producer Seika Paradeis with Writer/Director Holly at Age 7.

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