Midnight Carnival tells the story of Andrea Lin, a confused Taiwanese girl in her late teens struggling to find her place in the world. In search of the adventure that is missing from her life, she takes a summer job in America working for a traveling carnival, where she is confronted with the harsh realities of life as a migrant worker. After struggling to connect with her “carney” co-workers, including Julio, a young, free-spirited Mexican man, she must come to terms with her feelings of wanting to belong, yet never feeling at home.
Writer/Director: Chung-Wei Huang
Chung-Wei Huang is a Taiwanese writer-director based in Baltimore, Maryland. Her creative work focuses primarily on marginalized voices - either from the result of conflicts between race, gender, class, or nationality—with a particular interest in character-driven stories. She received her Master of Fine Arts degree in Film and Media Arts from Temple University. Her thesis film, Midnight Carnival (2018), premiered at the 41st Asian American International Film Festival in New York and has been selected by film festivals across the nation. She was a semifinalist for the Sondheim Artscape Prize in 2018 and selected as a finalist for the Baker Artist Awards in 2020. Currently, she teaches filmmaking at Towson University.