MIAMI, June 2 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Spanish Broadcasting System (NASDAQ: SBSA) (SBS) announced today that Mega Films, the SBS film division that brought the hit Mega TV series Gabriel: Amor Inmortal to Latino audiences nationwide on Mega TV and DirecTV, is releasing its first English-language film, Falling Awake. The movie will be released in select theaters in New York City, Miami and Puerto Rico in September and will be part of this year’s Brooklyn International Film Festival with screenings Sunday, June 7 and Monday, June 8 at 6pm at the Brooklyn Heights Cinema.
Falling Awake is directed by Agustin and produced by Andrew Adelson. The movie stars Jenna Dewan, who starred in Step Up with Channing Tatum, as well as comedies The Six Wives of Henry Lefay and The Jerk Theory. It also introduces the talented Mexican-American actor/singer/songwriter Andrew Cisneros. Other notable cast members include Nestor Serrano (Bad Boys, 24), Julie Carmen (The Milagro Beanfield War), Nicholas Gonzalez (Resurrection Boulevard), Flaco Navaja (Fighting), Michael Rivera (Fighting) and rap artist Kazi Rolle.
“The evolution of Mega Films from television production to film production reflects Spanish Broadcasting System’s ongoing commitment to deliver compelling content across platforms for Latino audiences that is based on Latino themes and experiences,” said Agustin. “As part of Mega Films’ push into film, we are actively recruiting and training new talent to ensure a full pipeline of films that give talented Hispanic artists and filmmakers a platform for their work.”
Falling Awake tells the powerful story of Jay (Andrew Cisneros), a young Latino musician in the Bronx who struggles to find his identity in a home crowded with family members and a neighborhood of loyal friends and dangerous enemies. After he meets the beautiful Brooklynite Alessandra (Jenna Dewan), his determination to reach toward a wider world and realize his musical dreams becomes even stronger. But he is tied by loyalty to his friends and to his brother (Nicholas Gonzalez), who recently returned home from the war, and by the expectations of his frustrated, angry father (Nestor Serrano). As Jay fights to break free of the cycles of anger and violence that grip his life and his neighborhood, he learns that only love can help him grasp his elusive chance at happiness and comes to a new understanding that helps him take the long, uncertain leap into his future.
“This film is about real people, real everyday struggles, and real love,” said Agustin. “I knew the Bronx would be a natural setting that speaks to people no matter where they’re from. We had an amazing experience making this movie and I hope audiences will feel the emotion and truth in it when they see the film.”
Filmmaker Agustin previously directed the highly profitable 2005 Spanish-language film, El Vacilon.
Andrew Adelson is an award-winning producer of such projects as Gulag, Hiroshima, The Hunley and Max Headroom.
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SOURCE Spanish Broadcasting System