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raymac Written by raymac
Dec. 30, 2010 | 9:33 AM

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Every once in a while you go into a film with no expectations and then halfway through realize that you are watching something truly amazing. A FOUNDLING is just such a film. A western with a sci-fi twist starring two Asian female leads, it is one of the most unique independent films to come along in a while.

Virginia (CINDY CHIU) - a young Chinese woman in the Old West - rescues her long lost sister, Mattie (NORA JESSE), from a brothel in Arizona. On their journey home to San Bernardino, they discover the strange, steaming wreckage of an otherworldly craft. Inside the vehicle, Mattie finds a very mysterious baby. Although the sci-fi element plays a pivotal role, the heart of the story is the reunion of these long lost siblings and their bonding over this treacherous journey. The two leads give outstanding nuanced performances that convey loss, fear, joy and fierce determination and draw the viewer deep into the story.

The cinematography of the desert terrain is breathtaking and director Carly Lyn makes full use of it to convey the desolation and danger involved in cross country travel back in the old West especially for two unescorted Asian women. The musical score is a treat and helps underscore those dangers.

Carly Lyn is aided by her strong script that touches on themes such as a woman’s role in society and racism without coming off as preachy and still manages to tell a complete, entertaining and emotionally satisfying story.

A FOUNDLING will be shown on Sunday, January 2nd at 11:30am as part of BLEEDFEST. Come check it out. It is well worth the price of admission.


  1. Fabulous! I’ve been watching the progress of this film for nearly two years and am so excited to see it reach fruition. Carly Lyn is such a multi-talented artist, designer, painter and teacher. It seems there’s nothing she can’t accomplish. I wish her all the best with the debut of The Foundling. I can’t wait to see it in it’s entirety. The artistry, the scenery, the imagery and the realism are sure to make this film a success. While likely one of her largest endeavors to date, Carly Lyn’s modesty inspires me personally and has me cheering from the sidelines. I am so excited for the rest of the world to see this young woman’s incredible talent on display in this tough medium. Everyone is bound to fall in love with this film.

    Posted by Mary McNeil on 03/01 at 02:14 PM