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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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Writer:
Youssef Delara (writer)
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Release Date:
19 April 2013 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
A promising hip-hop rhymer from Los Angeles finds herself in a gray area when a record producer offers her a compromising shot at stardom. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
3 wins & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
How is it possible that this movie has a 2.5 rating right now? See more (11 total) »

Cast

  (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
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
 
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
Zach Rasmussen .... craft services guru
 

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Additional Details

MPAA:
Rated R for language, some drug use and violence
Runtime:
80 min
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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
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 »
Soundtrack:
ReflectionsSee more »

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27 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
How is it possible that this movie has a 2.5 rating right now?, 24 March 2012
Author: ginascoles

Having gone to Sundance with a theology class and having viewed a ton of films, this was by far a favorite of the week. When I saw the current rating I felt compelled to share a brief snippet of what I got out of the film.

Honest, Authentic, Redemptive. This is a story about a young girl whose love for her mother drives her into the hustle of the underground Latin music industry. As she catches momentum and the attention of some big names, her integrity is put to the test.

What is most inspiring about the film are the family dynamics. It really portrays commitment to family, despite the lies, manipulation, and imperfection of the human condition. Majo (Gina Rodriguez) is committed to seeing her mother's life redeemed, despite the dissuasion of her immediate family members, and the latter discovery that she was duped into financially supporting her mother's expensive drug habit.

Gina Rodriguez's performance is gritty, strong, and powerful. She truly is the driving force of the film. We found out in the interview that followed the film that the actress went through months of training to learn the craft of rap and spoken word. You would never guess she isn't a natural.

The musical score is also helps to drive the storyline. We were blessed to have gotten some insight from the directors who explained the musical journey of the film was specifically planned to mirror what could be an authentic musical journey for a Latina in the music world. Majo starts out with slam poetry, turns to underground Latin rap, gets picked up by a major label and her music becomes over produced, and eventually finds her true voice.

However, I would venture to say that the music does more than just further the plot. The music follows the hero's journey towards authenticity, as she overcomes her fear of speaking the truth and steps into her identity as a daughter, sister, and friend. It also assists in revealing her calling to be an unabashedly truthful musical artist.

I am a mid twenties white female that does not listen to rap or hip hop music or have a interest in spoken word poetry. Not only did I find myself enjoying the music itself, but I was gripped by the universal truths in this film and felt myself relating to the situations and characters on a deeper level.

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