March 11, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
The team behind Sundance 2012 breakout film “Filly Brown” are reuniting, as Deadline reports actress Gina Rodriguez, director Youssef Delara and the “Filly Brown” producers will next tackle musically-tinged family drama “Marching Banda.” Rodriguez will play the single mother of a high school trumpet player. When the boy’s estranged father shows up, he bonds with his son and begins teaching traditional Mexican music to the school’s marching band. A summer production start is scheduled.
Rodriguez made the TV guest-starring rounds on shows like “The Mentalist”, “Happy Endings” and a recurring stint on daytime soap “The Bold and the Beautiful” before appearing in front of Sundance audiences as a young aspiring hip hop artist in “Filly Brown.” It was a breakout moment for the actress, who has since completed filming on several indies, including “Sleeping with the Fishes”, “California Winter” and “Snap,” another “Filly Brown” team collaboration.
January 23, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Cima Productions, currently basking in the glow of rave reviews at Sundance for their directorial debut “Filly Brown”, have announced their next project, a psychological thriller to star young thesps Jake Hoffman and Nikki Reed. Deadline reported the news earlier today.
“Filly Brown” helmer Youssef Delara will co-direct with producer Victor Teran, who also wrote the script. Set in the underground dubstep scene, the film follows Hoffman as a brilliant but introverted musician who falls for Reed’s young social worker. A romance blossoms then quickly withers, with “shocking and tragic results.” “We’re extremely blessed that, after our amazing experience with Gina Rodriguez on Filly, we get to continue working with more brilliant young actors like Jake and Nikki,” Delara tells Deadline. Production is slated to begin on March26, with a return to Sundance in 2013 planned for the premiere.
Reed made a splash early when she co-wrote and starred in Catherine Hardwicke’s “Thirteen”, partly based on her own life, but got her biggest break yet when Hardwicke cast her as the vampire Rosalie in “Twilight.” She’ll wrap up that role in “Breaking Dawn Part II”, which releases this November. Hoffman played a younger version of Adam Sandler in “Click” and has appeared on TV shows like “Arrested Development” and “Californiacation.”