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East Side Story (2006)

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The arrival of Anglo newcomers to an East L.A. Latino neighborhood rocks the quiet world of a handsome young local who is torn between the family restaurant and life as a big city chef.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bianca Campos (as Gladise Jimenez)
Jonathan Webber (as Cory Alan Schneider)
Sara Campos (as Irene DeBari)
Luis Accinelli ...
Luis Raul ...
Jason Kordelos ...
Efrain Morales
Andrea Zafra ...
Janice Morales (as Andrea Levin Zafra)
Michael Cassidy ...
Michael Cormier ...
Mr. Martinez


East Side Story is the story of Diego (René Alvarado), a young, closeted Latino, who helps his grandmother (Irene DeBari) run the family restaurant while carrying on a relationship with equally closeted Pablo (David Berón). Diego has long felt trapped by the conservative culture of East LA and plans to move away and open an upscale restaurant, hopefully with his lover, but Pablo views their relationship very differently - a point driven home when he begins dating Diego's Aunt Bianca (Gladise Jimenez). At the same time, Wesley and his boyfriend move in, gentrifying the neighborhood. The attraction between Wesley and Diego is immediate and electric, forcing both men to reexamine their state of affairs. Written by Anonymous

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Love Thy Neighbor...Just Don't Get Caught.


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Release Date:

7 June 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Del otro lado de la historia  »

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$500,000 (estimated)

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The restaurant in the movie Tio Pepe's is the same restaurant featured on the show East Los High. Since the director for both is Carlos Portugal. See more »


Sara Campos: What's happened around here? I'm gone for a month, the chef dies, the restaurant is bankrupt, your ex-boyfriend is now engaged to my daughter, and I find you in bed with the gringo from across the street!
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References West Side Story (1961) See more »

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Best LGBT-focused story in film we've seen in the past couple of years
13 June 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

My partner & I saw "East Side Story" at NYC's NewFest in June 2006.

The movie is a well constructed take-off on the Italian-Puerto Rican ethnic conflict in the musical "West Side Story". Instead of the historical focus on those two ethnic groups in NYC, ESS dramatizes the current fault line between middle class Latino residents in LA's Echo Park neighborhood and well-off gays & lesbians who are buying up their homes, gentrifying their area, and threatening to displace them. The specific characters and basic storyline are believable and the movie entertains you throughout the movie.

Of the 15 or so films we screened at that NYC LGBT festival last year & this month, "East Side Story" was by far our favorite (We also liked "Forgiving the Franklins", "Coffee Date", "Outing Riley" and "Bubble", a gripping but HEAVY film by the Israeli director of "Yossi & Jagger".).

Question: does anyone have an idea of when / if "East Side Story" will appear in (art) theaters OR be released on DVD? We'd really like to see it again and, if possible, purchase a copy.

If not, I'll contact the NewFest organizers to see if they can answer this question.

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