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[Premiere Screening: Monday, Jan. 24, 5:30 pm -- Library Center Theatre]

The biggest surprise for me was how hard it was to cast the role of Michael. During the months of writing and toiling over every beat, I never imagined that the success of our film would come down to finding a miracle child who would wow audiences the world over. Gun Hill Road is the story of a Latino father who returns home after three years in prison to discover his teenage child Michael exploring sexual identity and an alternative lifestyle in ways he can’t possibly comprehend. Casting the other two leads proved effortless. Esai Morales (La Bamba, NYPD Blue) and Judy Reyes (Scrubs) loved the script and signed on right away. As for the role of Michael, we spent months scouring the streets of New York City on a search that would eventually have a favorable ending, but the process itself was absolutely grueling.

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