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East Side Story -- A "coming out" story that avoids all the tired cliches and stays committed to telling the stories of these characters, "East Side Story" examines bias of all kinds and features stirring performances by incredibly attractive actors.
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  (in credits order)

René Alvarado ... Diego Campos

David Berón ... Pablo Morales

Gladise Jiminez ... Bianca Campos (as Gladise Jimenez)

Steve Callahan ... Wesley Henderson

Cory Schneider ... Jonathan Webber (as Cory Alan Schneider)

Irene DeBari ... Sara Campos (as Irene DeBari)
Luis Accinelli ... Don Rogelio

Yelyna De Leon ... Tiffany
Luis Raul ... Salvador
Jason Kordelos ... Lowell

Ruben Rabasa ... Efrain Morales
Andrea Zafra ... Janice Morales (as Andrea Levin Zafra)
Michael Cassidy ... Dennis
Michael Cormier ... Dan

Cris Franco ... Mr. Martinez
Rob Hudson ... Neighbor #1
Clark McCown ... Neighbor #2
Dan Hess ... Neighbor #3
Dana Dukelow ... Neighbor #4
Shannon Kemp ... Adam
Dominic Ceci ... Steve

Daniel Edward Mora ... Husband Customer
Jaimie Rodriguez ... Wife Customer

Martin Morales ... Luis
Vinni Ali'i Mesa ... AA Guest #1 (as Vinni Ali'Mesa)

Carl Donelson ... AA Guest #2
Alexander Coss ... AA Guest #3 (as Alex Coss)
Camilla Bastidas ... Marisol (as Camila Bastidas)

Blanca Araceli ... Housekeeper
Alyssa Ho ... Ling-Ling
Tim Sommerfield ... Married Man
Darlene Mann ... Married Woman
Ciro Suarez ... Mover
Armando Heredia ... Hector
Christopher Isaacson ... Sebastian (as Christopher Issacson)
Richard Gioria ... Cory
Render ... Bimbo

Directed by
Carlos Portugal 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Carlos Portugal 
Charo Toledo 

Produced by
Alexander Coss .... associate producer
Mary Feuer .... producer
David Melito .... associate producer
Richard Perez-Feria .... executive producer
Carlos Portugal .... producer
David Quantic .... associate producer
Steven Ritchie .... line producer
Charo Toledo .... producer
Blanca Valdez .... producer
Original Music by
Steven Cahill 
Cinematography by
Neil De La Pena 
Film Editing by
Mary Feuer 
Casting by
Blanca Valdez 
Production Design by
Abbe Thorner 
Art Direction by
Logan Prather 
Costume Design by
Jerry Carnevale 
Makeup Department
Sonia Chavez .... assistant makeup artist
Elizabeth Fox .... hair stylist
Elizabeth Fox .... makeup artist
Liset Garza .... additional hair stylist
Liset Garza .... additional makeup artist
Richard Miranda .... hair stylist
Richard Miranda .... makeup artist
Production Management
Kevin Carraway .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lawrence Sara .... first assistant director
Kasia Skorynkiewicz .... second assistant director
Art Department
Katriel Rotramel .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Steven Cahill .... sound designer
Saravoot Kaitkalang .... boom operator
Brad Kalpakov .... sound mixer
Dana Kopetzky .... sound mixer
Karl W. Lohninger .... sound mixer
Barry Shea .... boom operator
Camera and Electrical Department
Benjamin Agee .... best boy grip
Eduardo Barraza .... best boy grip
Dominic Ceci .... grip
Shannon Davis .... key grip (as Shannon Phillip Davis)
Matthew Kistenmacher .... electrician
Conan Mastrangelo .... electrician
Lance Oyabu .... best boy electric
Nicholas Rini .... additional key grip
Matthew P. Wilton .... camera operator: "b" camera
Nathaniel Yolles .... gaffer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Paul Allan Brunotto .... wardrobe supervisor
Sonia Woodfield .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Albert Cantu .... on-line editor
David Quantic .... assistant editor
Music Department
Lisa Y. Garibay .... music supervisor
Other crew
Dominique N. Butler .... insurance broker
Liz Quillinn .... script supervisor
James Streeter .... craft service

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USA:88 min

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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!See more »
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References West Side Story (1961)See more »


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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
As gay films go, this one is a winner!, 23 November 2008
Author: irving-baby from Australia

Gay movies very often suffer a lack of funding and subsequent underdevelopment. East Side Story bears no sign of this; the production values are good and the acting is mostly great (the lead actor is particularly good).

Diego is approaching 30, yet his life has consisted of very little outside of working at his family's restaurant in East Los Angeles. After being dumped by his "boyfriend", rather than face the ensuing fall-out over his homosexuality, he resolves to leave LA and make a life for himself in Phoenix. But a brief meeting with his openly gay new neighbours begins opening his mind to the possibilities of life - if he can only have the courage to be who he is.

The blurb for this film claims that it avoids all the clichés, and that is actually true. Just about everything works perfectly in East Side Story, a welcome fact that ensures you concentrate on the emotional journey playing out on the screen. Those who saw "Mambo Italiano" another gay film of high production values (from Canada) may notice some story similarities, but every element is still very valid. Anyone looking for a good gay movie should certainly give East Side Story a go.

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