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“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.
- Anna Marie de la Fuente
Red Sea Media handles international sales.
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.
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.
- Dave McNary
Drama set during 1992 Los Angeles Riots won this year’s Sundance Audience Award.
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 »
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.
Review: Five L.A. Riots Documentaries Chronicle History, Impact and Effects 25 Years Later
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 »
- Dave McNary
5 items from 2017
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