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Filly Brown -- Filly Brown celebra el poder de la música y de la familia a través de la inspiradora historia de una audaz joven artista que lucha para encontrar su voz y alcanzar sus sueños sin compromisos. Filly Brown cuenta con un excepcional elenco que incluye al nominado al Globo de Oro Lou Diamond Phillips, el nominado al premio Oscar Edward James Olmos, la legendaria sensación de la música latina Jenni Rivera en su interpretación final, y la mágnetica estrella debutante Gina Rodriguez en el electrizante papel que le da el título a la película.
Filly Brown -- Maria Jose 'Majo' Tonorio is a tough LA street poet who spits from the heart. After meeting a talented DJ she cuts her first demo under the guidance of a small time hustler more interested in promoting Majo's sexuality than her lyrics. Soon a major label and its strong-arm executive come calling. Convinced that a record deal will deliver much needed money for the family, Majo is suddenly faced with some stark choices. Does she accept the deal and turn her back on the friends who got her to the precipice of success or does she let a golden opportunity slip away.
Filly Brown -- A street poet armed with a buzzing demo attract attention from an influential music-business executive faces some stark choices about her and her family's future.


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  (in credits order)

Gina Rodriguez ... Majo Tonorio
Khool-Aid Rios ... Khool-Aid

Jenni Rivera ... Maria Tonorio

Lou Diamond Phillips ... Jose Tonorio
Lala Romero ... Lala

Jorge Diaz ... Eddie Vargas

Edward James Olmos ... Leandro

Emilio Rivera ... Mani

Noel Gugliemi ... Big Cee
Francine Hinostrow ... Female Corrections Officer
Albert F. Herrera ... Male Corrections Officer

Resmine Atis ... Linda

Cuete Yeska ... Chuy

Daniel Edward Mora ... Memo
Michelle Milan ... Tattoo Girl #1

Joseph Julian Soria ... MC Wyatt

Braxton Millz ... DJ Santa
Chino Brown ... MC Wyatt's Bodyguard #1

Rene Rosado ... Ralphy

Chrissie Fit ... Lupe Tonorio
O. Brown ... Pocos Pero Locos Crew #1
Alex Puente ... Pocos Pero Locos Crew #2
Nikki Diaz ... Pocos Pero Locos Crew #3
Jesse Garcia ... Pocos Pero Locos Crew #4
Concrete ... Pocos Pero Locos Crew #5
Daniel Olmos ... Pocos Pero Locos Crew #6
Pete Chingo Bling Harrera ... Rayborn Esparza

Kerry Norton ... Amanda Hutchinson
Juan Cervin ... Tito
Brandon Martinez ... Nestor
Greg Paguin ... Dance Crew #1
Yury Mejia ... Dance Crew #2
Nick Rodriguez ... Dance Crew #3
Vernard Taylor ... Dance Crew #4
David Talavera ... Dance Crew #5
Sina Zivari ... Dance Crew #6
Walter Artiga ... Dance Crew #7
Lacy Keiko Omon ... Dance Crew #8
Ricky Lopez ... Dance Crew #9

Dominique Hinestrosa ... Neighbor #1
Joseph Zapata ... Neighbor #2
Dezi B. ... Himself

David Bianchi ... Delivery Man
Midget Loco ... Lupe's Interviewee
Frutoso Mendoza ... Tattoo Artist

Baby Bash ... Caeser
Nino Brown ... Caeser's Homie

Jamie Bamber ... Sam
Mico Olmos ... Big Cee's Engineer

Damon Whitaker ... Majo's Groupie #1
M. Celeste Williams ... Majo's Groupie #2
Shirin Delara ... Spanish TV Interviewer
Mariel Perez ... Filly Brown Music Video Dancer #1
Leo Leon ... Filly Brown Music Video Dancer #2
Edub ... Himself

Vida Guerra ... Wyatt's Groupie
Martin Buelna ... Wyatt's Enforcer
Jordan Rio ... Wyatt's Driver
Lauren Rodriguez ... Hospital Nurse
The Dirty Mexican Zoe ... Himself
Fletcher Buelna ... Big Cee Enforcer #1
Malik Henderson ... Big Cee Enforcer #2
Ruby Wendell ... Prison Guard Harmon
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chingo Bling ... Rayborn
Marie 'Pandora' Medina ... Karla
Michelle Millan ... Tattooed girl #1

Joe Ochman ... Attorney (uncredited)

Directed by
Youssef Delara 
Michael D. Olmos 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Youssef Delara  writer

Produced by
Amir Delara .... producer
Youssef Delara .... producer
Edward James Olmos .... executive producer
Michael D. Olmos .... producer
Mico Olmos .... producer
Edward Rios .... producer
Khoolaid Rios .... producer
Kevin Smith .... executive producer
Homa Soroor .... executive producer
Victor Teran .... producer
Original Music by
Reza Safinia 
Cinematography by
Ben Kufrin 
Film Editing by
Eric R. Brodeur 
Youssef Delara 
Casting by
Tracy 'Twinkie' Bird  (as Twinkie Byrd)
Production Design by
Krystyna Loboda 
Art Direction by
Jeffrey D. Simon 
Set Decoration by
Michelle Daniels 
Costume Design by
Jill Machlis 
Makeup Department
Christina Chilcote .... makeup artist
Alexis Williams .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Sandra Varona .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Grimm December .... first assistant director
Trent Dempsey .... first assistant director
Bri Hervey .... second assistant director
Buzz Hughes .... second assistant director
Brooke Lemke .... first assistant director
Art Department
Naoko Inada .... set dresser
Adam Strasser .... art department production assistant
Sound Department
Steven Avila .... sound effects editor
Trip Brock .... sound re-recording mixer
Trip Brock .... supervising sound editor
Lorita de la Cerna .... foley artist
Paul Gonzales .... boom operator
Jackie Johnson .... dialogue editor
Martin Kittappa .... sound mixer
Peter D. Lago .... sound effects editor
Greg Mauer .... foley mixer
Brandon Pert .... boom operator
Owen Peterson .... assistant sound editor
Alexander Pugh .... sound effects editor
Ian Shedd .... foley editor
Bryon Speller .... dialogue editor
Steven Utt .... sound recordist
Ben Whitver .... adr mixer
Ben Whitver .... dialogue editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Ivan Acero .... assistant camera
Monty Bass .... digital imaging technician
Victor Bruno .... first assistant camera
Sebastian Bueno .... grip
Derek Hoffman .... best boy electric
Tyler Manning .... electrician
Marlow Nunez .... grip
Raul Rivera .... best boy grip
Peter Schmitt .... camera operator
Sonoko Shimoyama .... gaffer
J. Aaron Stinde .... key grip
Igor Tochilnikov .... grip
Cameron Zetty .... lighting designer: concert lighting
Casting Department
Germán Legarreta .... casting associate
Natasha Ward .... casting associate
Editorial Department
Monty Bass .... assistant editor
Michael Eaves .... colorist: Local Hero Post
Ryan Gee .... digital intermediate editor
Lee Hultman .... digital intermediate editor
Leandro Marini .... digital intermediate supervisor
Rain Valdez .... digital intermediate producer
Andrew J. Wahlquist .... digital intermediate technical supervisor
Donovan Kosters .... dcp mastering (uncredited)
Music Department
Diamonique .... songwriter
Transportation Department
Paul White .... transportation captain
Other crew
Brenda Alvarado .... production assistant
Laura Jean Bransky .... script supervisor
Tish Carey .... production assistant
Adrian Cazares .... production assistant
Marisol Doblado .... loop group
Julianna Esparza .... production assistant
Kirsten Gunnarshaug .... production assistant
Dan Keston .... marketing consultant
Leo Leon .... dancer choreographer
Sara Monacelli .... sales promotion manager
Tony Peluce .... title design
Zach Rasmussen .... craft services guru

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Additional Details

Rated R for language, some drug use and violence
80 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »

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Singer Jenni Rivera's film debut and final film. She tragically perished in airplane crash in Mexico on December 9, 2012, months before the film's release.See more »
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13 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
A story that feels truly L.A. I know. I live here. I feel like this could be the story of people I know., 20 April 2013
Author: public-665-435985 from Hollywood

A strong story, beautifully, naturally, and powerfully acted. The filmmakers avoid over-dramatization and stereotypical archetypes except for a few instances for the sake of humor. It is beautifully shot, I think with a Red camera. Lighting is deftly natural. Excellent sound. Really good beats and lyrics. I was lucky to be at the ArcLight for a Q&A with the cast and crew. Gina Rodriquez (Filly Brown)threw a rap at us!

I knew nothing about this movie before I saw it, except that the singer Jenni Rivera, who died recently in a accident, had a role in it. Her role, though relatively small, is essential to the story and her performance was raw and powerful. I don't know her music...but she was excellent in this role.

While the entire cast was excellent...stand outs for me were: Rodriguez: Filly Brown...just an amazing multifaceted breakout effort. I wont say anything more about her because you need to see the movie to know how good she is.

Lou Diamond Phillips: In what I think is his best role in many years as Fillys father. I really feel like I know this character. He lives down the street from me over near Vermont. A little older, a little beaten- up by life, maybe spent some time inside...but proud, honest, ambitious, and hard as stone when life pokes him.

Chingo Bling: I cannot remember the characters name...but this is a cool cat. I swear I know this guy too. Everyone in LA who buys or sells anything knows a guy like this. His lines are so naturally (you might even say viscerally)delivered...that he feels real. You want to follow him around just to hear what he has to say. Really.

Chrissie Fit: Fillys little sister. Sexy, naive, vulnerable, Latina. Don't you just love that combo?

In the interest of full disclosure I want to say that I am an Anglo who loves Mexicans. I like the fire and the complications and the pride and the big laughs and the food. The Mexican Americans in my life have elevated it. Made it happier and more complex... and louder. L.A. is my home and my people are of all backgrounds...but the beat of this cities heart is a Latin beat and this movie lets you feel it. matter where you live, if you want to know a little bit about what if feels like to stay up late dancing and drinking on the east side....Filly Brown will show you around. Just don't #*%@ with her because that chick will mess you up.

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