MARVELOUS AND THE BLACK HOLE focuses on a teenage delinquent, Sammy, played by newcomer Miya Cech, (Always Be My Maybe) as she attempts to befriend a surly magician Margot played by Rhea Perlman, (“Cheers,” Matilda) who may or may not be able to help her navigate her inner demons and dysfunctional family with sleight of hand magic. A coming-of- age comedy that touches on unlikely friendships, grief, and finding hope in the darkest moments. Director Kate Tsang joins us for a conversation on the importance of telling a story that did not talk down to a younger audience, that gave voice to the character of Sammy that embraced her volatile behavior and voice to her anger at the loss of a loved one as well as navigating a story that swings between light-hearted comedy and mournful ire and working with the great Rhea Perlman.
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About the filmmaker – Kate Tsang is an artist, filmmaker, and Emmy-nominated writer creating imaginative, offbeat stories with heart. Her award-winning live action and animated shorts (“SO YOU’VE GROWN ATTACHED” and “WELCOME TO DOOZY”) have been watched by millions online and broadcasted nationally on PBS. In addition, Kate has written on the hit shows ADVENTURE TIME: DISTANT LANDS (HBO MAX) and STEVEN UNIVERSE FUTURE (Cartoon Network).
About the filmmaker – Rhea Perlman has starred on television, stage and film for more than 30 years. A four-time Emmy winner for her role on the NBC TV show “Cheers,” she was nominated an unprecedented 10 times during the 11-year series and appeared in all 273 episodes.Other television credits include, “Kirstie,” “The Neighbors,” “Hung,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Kate Brasher,” “Hot in Cleveland” and “Pearl,” in which she both starred and served as executive producer.A fan favorite, Perlman played Mrs. Wormwood to Danny DeVito’s Mr. Wormwood in the film MATILDA, which was directed by DeVito. The pair also worked together on the acclaimed TV series “Taxi,” in which Perlman played DeVito’s Louie DePalma’s love interest, Zena.
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“Marvelous and the Black Hole is quirky and a little punky and a lot of fun, a movie that treats teen girls – even the angry ones – as deserving of respect.” – Alissa Wilkinson, Vox
“Funny without being forced, and sincere without being schlocky, Marvelous is guaranteed to warm the hearts of wannabe baby goths everywhere.” – Sheri Flanders, Chicago Reader
“Marvelous is enchanting and quirky. It’s a decent show for Tsang’s debut feature film and a strong performance from the lead Mia Cech.” – Therese Lacson. The Beat
“Sammy and Patricia tussle and yell with sheer physicality, occupying space in a way that young Chinese American women aren’t normally afforded in American media.” – Li Lai, Mediaversity Reviews