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Thirteen-year-old Sammy Ko’s family has been fractured since the recent death of her mother. She self-harms, vandalizes, and terrorizes her family with hair-trigger tantrums. All seems hopeless, until she meets an aging magician named Margot, and over time, Margot introduces her to the secretive world of sleight-of-hand magic. Their budding friendship encourages Sammy to open up to life and its magical possibilities. But, when her father decides to get remarried, Sammy embarks on a destructive bender that implodes her relationship with her family and new friendship. Ultimately, Sammy must use her newfound magic skills to bring her family back together and repair her friendship with Margot.

A coming-of-age fantasy-comedy that touches on family, grief, and how we find hope even in the darkest moments.

This film is in the Narrative Feature Competition.


Kate Tsang is an artist, filmmaker, and Emmy-nominated writer creating imaginative, offbeat stories with heart. Kate's award-winning shorts have been watched by millions online and broadcasted nationally on PBS. Her most notable works are "So You've Grown Attached" and "Welcome to Doozy”. In addition, Kate has written on the hit shows Adventure Time: Distant Lands (HBO MAX) and Steven Universe Future (Cartoon Network). Marvelous and the Black Hole is Kate's debut feature film.

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    81 minutes
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  • Director
    Kate Tsang
  • Screenwriter
    Kate Tsang
  • Producer
    Carolyn Mao
  • Cast
    Miya Cech, Rhea Perlman, Leonardo Nam, Kannon Omachi, Paulina Lule