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An adopted girl's only wish on her 16th b-day quickly turns into a nightmare. In search for her loved ones, she uncovers a 16-year old secret.
Qian Qian
971 Facebook Friends
New York, New York
United States
1 Team Member

【Update】We made it! Thanks for supporting!

We've made it to our goal! Thanks to all who supported us, donated for us, shared our campaign for us....Without any of you, we won't make it! Thank you all so much!!!!!!!!

In the CityVisions Film Festival on May 30, #SweetSixteen won Best Editing Award; Yung-Jen Yang won Best Value Person Award! Congratulations! 

Story Synopsis

Haley, an adopted Chinese American girl wants to find out about her biological family in China. She made a wish to meet her biological mother on her 16th birthday, however, her only wish quickly turns into a nightmare. In search for her loved ones, she uncovers a 16-year old secret.

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3763828/?ref_=ttfc_fc_tt

Story Inspiration

“The story inspiration came from documentaries about American adopted Chinese children and their disturbed childhood. I was touched by their anxiety and insecurity when they returned to their home country. I could easily feel their fear inside - identity crisis. During script writing, I tried very hard to deliver this fear and anxiety to the audience, and transformed it into a nice short thriller within my budgetary limits.

Since coming to the US, I am always looking for new movie ideas, especially how to compile a story about life here from an Asian’s point of view. One day in Dunkin Donuts, I saw a little girl, who has the same skin color as mine, calling a Caucasian couple "mom" and "dad". This scene stayed in my mind for long and eventually became my original inspiration for this project.

Some people say that horror movies are nothing but using bloody scenes and sound effects to scare the audience. My dream is to prove those ideas wrong. More than just scaring people, horror movies can portray humanity and social issues.”  

——Yung-Jen Yang

Writer, Director and Editor of Sweet Sixteen

We Need Your Help!

Our Director is an experienced thriller filmmaker who directed The Trap,Long Vacation,The Last Words and many others. We have a great crew and fantastic casts, including Sue Lee, the AMC Walking Dead promo Makeup Artist, and  Warut Sindvongs, the 2012 Paul Robertson Awards and National Board of Review Student Film Grant winner. The movie shooting was suspenseful on one hand and spine-chilling on the other. Now what we need is only the very last $2000 for post-production including the following:

  • Color Correction
  • Sound Mixing
  • Composing 
  • Online and offline Marketing
  • Indiegogo 4% fee and Perks
  • If we get beyond budget: All extra funding will be used for movie festival applications and compensate 3rd party organizations for the help of promotion

We are determined to conduct the post-production no matter what, but if we don't meet our target budget, we will unfortunately be unable to pay the top candidates we have on our list (yes we talked to them and they agreed to help us at a discounted price). It may also compromise the final effect of the movie we would like to have. In short, we need your help to make this film BLOODY GOOD!

On the right column of the page you can see some great innovative perks including limited time surprises for all our contributors (they are coming soon at unexpected time).  

We are not greedy and we don't ask for much. $1 may not dramatically increase your dinner quality, but it could change the fate of future Alfred Hitchcock.....and the choice is in your hand.

Money is not the only way...

We understand everyone has lots of things in life, and most of those need money. If you happen not to have the capacity to support us financially now, there is always another way. Everybody knows lots of people, at least one thousand I would say. If you help to spread the word out, one thousand multiples one thousand people would know about our urgent need. With 1 million people knowing our project, I'm sure the kindness of human heart will help us cover $2000 easily.

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Key Crew & Cast Profiles:

Yung-Jen Yang (Writer/Director) :

Originally from Taiwan, Yung-Jen Yang is a narrative filmmaker, with a love for making horror and thriller films. After receiving his Bachelors of Art from Shih Hsin University in Taipei, he worked in many facets of productions, before coming to America to pursue his MFA from City College. He has traveled all around the United States and Mexico embracing new cultures and people since being in school. He looks forward to making feature films!!!



    The Trap

    The Last Words

    Night Duty

    Ouija Broad

    Long Vacation

    Sweet Sixteen (Currently under post-production stage)

Profile: http://www.yungjenyang.com

Warut Snidvongs (Director of Photography):

A Bangkok native who now resides in Woodside, New York. Warut’s short film projects include 2012 Paul Robertson Awards: Best Short Documentary, First & 4ever (directed by Samein Priester) and director Ougie Pak’s National Board of Review Student Film Grant winner Railroad & Bedford. His recent projects range from a documentary about a non-profit organization Engineer Without Boarders in Honduras to a cyberpunk fashion flick, Margarita.

​Warut’s personal projects explore the theme of revenge, disillusion, and karma. During his off time, Warut enjoy street photography and aquatic gardening.

Profile: http://www.warutsnidvongs.com/

Felicia Harden-Bradford (Producer):

Originally from Motown, Detroit Michigan, Felicia has always been drawn to the arts. Playing multiple instruments as child, studying acting, voice and dance as a young adult and now making films as a 44 year-old woman. Felicia wants to make films that give more opportunities to people of color and women both in front of and behind the camera in the spirit of Oscar Micheaux, Haile Gerima and Spike Lee. Winner of the prestigious Bert Saperstein Award, Felicia is elated to be living in New York City with her husband and two sons.

Profile: http://offtheshoulderproductions.com

Julianne Irene (Production Designer):

Brooklyn based designer, Julianne Irene, graduated with a BFA in Communication Design and Illustration from Pratt Institute. She has studied 2D and 3D communications, prop mastery, and set design. Julianne has worked in music and film creating elaborate and whimsical sets.

With homegrown and found objects, Julianne fabricates classical and enchanting structures, sensory and cerebral spaces, creative constructives, lighting, and wonderland.

Profile: http://www.julianneirenedesign.com/

Sue Lee (Makeup Artist):

Sue has gone on to work with AMC on a Walking Dead Promo, which was filled with zombies styled with her signature urban-pop flare.  A huge success, it gained a lot of press and 20+ million views on Youtube.  Soon enough, her work was on subsequent viral videos, such as the Pepsi Kyrie Irving disguise video and the Last Exorcism II promo. Sue now owns and operates Sue Lee Studios. The studio focuses on fine arts and special effects fabrication. 

Profile: http://sueleesfx.wix.com/home

Alison T. Chi (Haley):

Currently residing in NYC, Alison was last seen on stage inThe 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee(Marcy Park). Her other stage credits includeA Chorus Line (Connie),Reasons to Be Pretty (Carly),Pippin, andMerrily We Roll Along. She is a company member ofOnce Upon A Time Theatre Company, whose repertoire includesPeter Pan,Pinocchio,A Christmas Carol,Cinderella,Ballet Highlights, etc. Alison's choreography work ranges from full-scale musicals to jazz and contemporary pieces, includingGypsy,The King and I,My Fair Lady, and the Chinese folktaleLiang Zhu.

Her most recent directing work is Music in the Airat the Paramount Grand Theatre in Hefei, China.

Profile: http://www.alisontchi.com/

Joelene Wolfe (Michelle):

Joelene Wolfe, playing the part of Michelle, has appeared in various short films including "Smile", Don't Forget the Corsage" and "Fate". She has also been featured on several television shows and pilots including Elder Skelter, Stalked, Taking ENY and Math Warriors. When she is not filming or pounding the pavement, Joelene can be found enjoying time with her husband and children.

Profile: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm6146974/?ref_=rvi_nm



Writer/Director: Yung-Jen Yang


Haley: Alison Chi

Michelle: Joelene Wolfe

Pei-ning: Lucy Zhou

Edward: Larry Shagawat

Shao-an/Official: Ray Sheen


Producer: Felicia Bradford

Director of Photography: Warut Snidvongs

Assistant Director: Sarah Kim

Script Supervisor: Kanchalee Wijakpaisarn

Co-Producer: Fan He

Production Assistants: Cathy Jiang, Ying-Chih Chang

1st Assistant Camera: Jeanette Sears

Gaffers: Jesse Deganis Librera, Xaisongkham Induangchanthy

Production Designer: Julianne Irene

Assistant of Art Dept: Sabrina Colie, Hye-Young Choi

Makeup artist: Sue Lee, Ariel Ruiz

Wardrobe: Natasha Soto

Sound Recorder: Sungting Yang

Boom Operator: Youngki Jin, Ai Li

Still Photographer: Kjerstin Rossi

Editor: Yung-Jen Yang


Little Haley: Bai-Cheng Chen

Official: Eric Yu

Party Crowd: Ricardo A. Aguirre Jr.; Ariel Ruiz; Jesse Deganis Librera; Kjerstin Rossi; Molly Beauchemin; Divine Element

Special Thanks:

Priuz Alemi, Kevin Bradford, Xiao Lu, Ting-Lin Hou, Heo Jin, Lucia Haung, Benjamin Liu, Chih-Ting Yang

Antonio Tibaldi Chantal Akerman Melissa Hacker David Briggs Andrzej Krakowski

You-Er Kindergarten Teachers Yo Yo & Mindy

My Parents Pi-Jung Lin & Kuei-Lin Yang

My Lovely family

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