Tuesday, June 23, 2009
UM film grad Jaydee Freixas is the producer of Magic City Memoirs, a coming-of-age drama that tells the story of three teenage best friends as they struggle to balance their lives amidst the temptations of everyday life in Miami. The film is directed by Aaron Salgado and stars former child actor JR Villareal (Akeelah and the Bee), Natalie Martinez (of the new Fox series Sons of Tuscon) and Dominik Garcia-Lorido, daughter of actor Andy Garcia. Freixas tells us that to keep the authenticity of Miami, they have shot at various locations, including Icon Brickell, Miami Marine Stadium, Pace High School and SET nightclub. Freixas and Salgado's Enlight Films also produced the controversial short film Jamaica Motel in 2006. The filmmakers hope to complete post-production in late August or early September
Picks up rights to the dramedy from Raymond De Felitta
By Steven Zeitchik
June 18, 2009, 09:32 PM ET
The Overture sister company has picked up all rights in the U.S., U.K., Australia and New Zealand to the Tribeca Film Festival breakout from writer-director Raymond De Felitta.
Paradigm packaged and repped rights to the pic, which stars Andy Garcia, Julianna Margulies and Emily Mortimer in a dramedy about a family on the quiet island off the New York coast.
The movie centers on a repressed corrections officer (Garcia) who harbors acting dreams but who gets caught in a series of misunderstandings when he brings home his secret adult son from a previous marriage to live with his family. The film's centerpiece is a riff from Garcia in which he auditions for a role in a Martin Scorsese movie.
Drawing the tag of a New York "Little Miss Sunshine" from media at Tribeca, "Island" was a crowd-pleaser at the festival, scoring its audience award.
De Felitta and Garcia also produced the movie, while the actor's real-life daughter Dominik Garcia-Lorido starred as his onscreen progeny. Lucky Monkey Pictures' Lauren Versel and FilmSmith's Zachary Matz also produced, while Paradigm's Andrew Ruf negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers.
Anchor Bay plans on a platform release in late '09 or early '10, with a wider rollout to follow.
"We're definitely going to take risks with it, start small and grow it wide," Anchor Bay president Bill Clark said. "Everyone who sees the film loves it, so we think we can capture a broad audience."
Anchor Bay, which is a division of Liberty Media's Starz unit, recently launched a theatrical unit to complement its home video business. The company also has picked up the Ashton Kutcher Sundance drama "Spread," which it plans on releasing in August, and overall aims to release eight to 10 theatrical movies a year
Friday, June 19, 2009
Tomorrow we will be Shooting at SET nightclub in Miami Beach. Please come before, during, and after filming. We would love for you all to be present during filming as the scene calls for a packed club. If you choose to be present during the filming please arrive between 5:00pm and 7:00pm. Camera's start rolling at 7:30pm. We will be offering complimentary cocktails for those that come for the filming. After filming, we will be celebrating at SET till the break of dawn. So come by and check us out. Thank you, and hope to see you tomorrow!!
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Friday, June 5, 2009
After our first week of shooting, things cannot be going better. We have an amazing cast and crew that are all having a blast seeing this script come to life. Below are a couple still shots from the different sets we have been on this week. Stay tuned for better pictures once I get my hands on the dvd from the still photographer. We are always looking for extras, so please contact me if interested. Thanks.