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‘Y Tu Mama Tambien’ Producer Jorge Vergara Boards ‘Bonded’ from Lucas Akoskin’s Aliwen Entertainment (Exclusive)

16 May 2017 6:37 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Y Tu Mama tambien” producer Jorge Vergara, who co-founded Anhelo Prods. with Alfonso Cuaron, is boarding the drama “Bonded” from Aliwen Entertainment, the new Santa Monica-based shingle founded by Lucas Akoskin (“Nightingale,” “Captive,” “Desierto”) last year.

“Bonded” marks the return to film producing of Vergara who last backed the 2004 crime drama “The Assassination of Richard Nixon.”

Shooting this fall in Guadalajara, Mexico City and Los Angeles, “Bonded” is based on true events about the sweatshops of Los Angeles. Casting is underway for the mostly English-language drama about a Mexican teenager whose dreams of becoming a soccer star are disrupted when his mother dies. He’s smuggled across the border with the promise of a better life but is instead sold to a sweatshop in downtown La.

With a budget projected for under $5 million, “Bonded” is the directorial debut of producer-scribe Mohit Ramchandani. Project was previously set up at Irish Dreamtime, »

- Anna Marie de la Fuente

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Shout! Factory picks up 'The Tiger Hunter'

25 April 2017 10:02 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Red Sea Media handles international sales.

Shout! Factory has acquired North American rights from Red Sea Media to writer-director Lena Khan’s comedy The Tiger Hunter.

The film centres on Sami Malik, a young Indian who travels to America in the 1970s to become an engineer. 

When Sami’s plans fall through, he takes a low-end job and joins a gang of oddball friends in the hopes of convincing his childhood sweetheart that he is more successful than he truly is, or perhaps ever could be. 

Danny Pudi, Jon Heder, Rizwan Manji, Karen David, Sam Page, Iqbal Theba, and Parvesh Cheena star with Michael McMillan and Kevin Pollak.  

Khan and Sameer Gardezi wrote the screenplay and the The Red Sea Media production premiered at last year’s 32nd Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. Red Sea Media handles international sales.

Megha Kadakia, Khan and Nazia Khan produced, while Alan Pao, Pudi and [link »

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Danny Pudi Comedy ‘Tiger Hunter’ Gets Fall Release

25 April 2017 8:30 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Shout! Factory has acquired North American rights to Lena Khan’s immigrant comedy “The Tiger Hunter,” starring Danny Pudi, from Red Sea Media.

Shout! Factory plans a strategic rollout across multiple platforms, beginning with a theatrical launch this fall. The film had its world premiere at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival on April 21, 2016, and won the grand jury prize for narrative feature.

Pudi stars as clever young Indian who travels to 1970s America to become an engineer in order to impress his childhood crush and live up to the legacy of his father — a legendary tiger hunter back home. When his job falls through, he takes a low-end job and joins with a gang of oddball friends in hopes of convincing his childhood sweetheart that he’s far more successful than he truly is.

Khan directed from a script she wrote with Sameer Gardezi (“Modern Family”). Producers are Megha Kadakia, »

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Samuel Goldwyn Films picks up Sundance winner 'Gook'

19 April 2017 10:38 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Drama set during 1992 Los Angeles Riots won this year’s Sundance Audience Award.

Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired North American rights to Gook, writer-director Justin Chon’s drama set during the 1992 Los Angeles Riots.

The company is planning an August theatrical release. 

The film, which stars Chon, David So and newcomer Simone Baker, centres on two Korean American brothers that run their late father’s shoe store in a predominantly African American community of Los Angeles. 

The brothers strike up a friendship with an 11-year-old African American girl. As one brother dreams of becoming a recording artist and the other struggles to keep the store afloat, racial tensions build to a breaking point as the La Riots break out.

“After we saw Gook at Sundance, we were truly impressed by the incredible vision Justin projected as well as the caliber of the actor’s performances in creating such an authentic kinship between two brothers and Kamilla (Baker »

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Sundance Next Audience Award Winner ‘Gook’ Picked up by Samuel Goldwyn

19 April 2017 8:14 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired North American rights to Justin Chon’s “Gook,” winner of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival’s Next Audience Award.

Chon directed from his own script and stars along David So (YouTube’s DavidSoComedy) and newcomer Simone Baker. The company plans to release the film in theaters in August.

Chon and So portray Korean American brothers who run their late father’s shoe store in a predominantly African American community of Los Angeles. The brothers strike up a unique and unlikely friendship with an 11-year-old African American girl, played by Baker, while racial tensions build to a breaking point as the 1992 Los Angeles riots break out.

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Guy Lodge said in his review for Variety that the film was “compellingly immediate.”

“After we saw ‘Gook’ at Sundance, we were truly impressed by the incredible »

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