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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
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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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 »
Jonathon Webber:Wes, honey, you better get dressed. Adam and Steve are going to be here soon. Or is it Steve and Adam? The top usually goes first.See more »
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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
A Classy New Coming Out Film with Emphasis on the East LA Community, 13 December 2007
Author: gradyharp from United States

Fresh young talent and a healthy dollop of enthusiasm serve as the springboard of this well written (Carlos Portugal and Charo Toledo), well directed (Carlos Portugal) and well acted exuberant story of those once perceived tightly closet doors of the East Los Angeles Hispanic community. Not that this is the first film to engage the topic of being gay in East LA - QUINCEAÑERA is another superb film on the subject - but it addresses so many other aspects of family and social life happening now that it deserves a wide audience. With a cast of newcomers coupled with some very fine veterans of the screen EAST SIDE STORY comes to life in a highly entertaining fashion.

Closeted schooled chef Diego Campos (a fine debut by René Alvarado) works as a waiter in his grandmother Sara's (elegant Irene DeBari) little Mexican restaurant where grumpy homophobic chef Don Rogelio (Luis Accinelli) presides in the kitchen. Diego dreams of opening his own restaurant but family ties keep him grounded. Diego's campy Aunt Bianca (Gladise Jimenez) returns from Monaco on one of her many expensive sojourns to find a man and changes begin to happen. Diego's equally closeted boyfriend Pablo Morales (David Berón) has been refusing to settle down in a relationship with Diego, claiming that the union is a 'passing fancy'. When Bianca enters, Pablo's attentions turn to the sexy lady and Diego is brokenhearted.

Into this mélange enters a white gay couple who buy a 'flip' house across the street, a signal to the neighborhood that gentrification is just around the corner. The couple - Wesley (Steve Callahan) and Jonathan (Cory Schneider) - meet the morose Diego and a match strikes between Diego and Wesley. Jonathan is assigned all the lines having to do with prejudice and is the one who wants out of the neighborhood as soon as their house is enhanced and their gay friends begin to visit. The white couple move apart and Wesley and Diego begin a courtship dance that is encouraged by Diego's family. How Diego handles his loss of Pablo to his Aunt Bianca and copes with the possibility of being open with Wesley forms the story line. It is all the hilarious and not so hilarious sidebars that share the space of the 'outing' that make the film so personal and successful.

Carlos Portugal is clearly a talent to watch, as are his attractive and talented cast members. EAST SIDE STORY is a fine companion piece to QUINCEAÑERA and should enjoy the same degree of popularity for all the same reasons! Grady Harp

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