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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
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 »
Diego Campos:How was Europe?
Bianca Campos:Europe? Honey, I ran out of cab fare in Riverside.
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References West Side Story (1961)See more »


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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Fun little independent film, 11 May 2007
Author: Wayne Malin ( from United States

Diego (Rene Alvaredo) is almost 30, living in east LA with his grandmother (Irene DeBari), helps run a family restaurant, has no friends and has an unhappy relationship with a VERY closeted real estate agent (David Beron). Diego also is in the closet but wants to come out. Then a gay couple move next door--and Diego falls for one of them (Steve Callahan).

This is extremely light and a little lacking in plot--but how many movies to we see about a gay Latino man falling in love and struggling to come out? It's well-directed, moves very quick and has a very good attractive cast. Alvaredo and Callahan are (to put in mildly) very handsome with nice bodies...but they also can act. Also DeBari is excellent as Diego's grandmother--her and Alvaredo play off each other perfectly. Also Gladys Jimenez (as Bianca Campos--an aunt) comes roaring out full force. She has the funniest lines ("A four way is not an orgy!") and plays them full tilt. I also have to admit more than a few moments had my audience choking up--Diego's wanting to come out is sometimes painful to watch and DeBari's total acceptance of him is very moving.

My only complaints are the plot is kind of sketchy, the ending is way too unbelievable (this one pushes for a happy one) and the two main villains in this (Pablo and Wesley's lover Jonathan) are so vicious it gets uncomfortable. And we're supposed to believe a hot young guy like Diego has NO friends??? Still this is fun, light and also includes some very passionate guy on guy kissing. Recommended.

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