Parallel stories of broken relationships between parents and their children striving for
Confused and frustrated by his rejection from the US Marines, 19-year-old Dylan clashes with his older sister, Rose. Meanwhile, driven by guilt and loneliness, 43-year-old fast food worker Celine tries in vain to convince her far-away son that she’s becoming successful in America. 21-year-old Sean grapples with his aimlessness, turning to the comforts of drugs and alcohol.
Unbeknownst to them, these four lives will soon come together in a violent clash at the Sunny Meals drive-thru when Sean’s drug-bender takes a sinister turn, forever changing the trajectories of their lives, their careers, and their relationships.
The film explores the desires for control, identity and family, as we intimately follow these characters during the day leading up to the incident.
CAST + CREW
Doan will next be seen starring in Cinemax’s upcoming series “Warrior,” premiering in the spring of 2019. The show, co-created by Jonathan Tropper (Banshee) and Shannon Lee, is a period piece led by British actor Andrew Koji, and is inspired by the writings and work of Bruce Lee. It is a period crime drama set against the backdrop of the brutal Tong Wars in San Francisco’s Chinatown in the late 1800s.
Doan’s past film and television credits consists of the critically acclaimed History Channel series “Vikings” the Disney Channel Original Movie “Descendants” which garnered more than 12 million total viewers, ABC’s “Once Upon A Time,” TV Land’s “Impostor,” and Cartoon Network’s “Tower Prep.” On the film front, credits include the short film “When I Saw You,” and indie film “Last Night in Suburbia.” Aside from acting, Doan also has a background in dance and was a professional contemporary dancer early on in her career.
Born and raised in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Doan currently splits her time between Vancouver and Los Angeles.
Raquenel is best known for her portrayal of Transito Carvajal on Telemundo’s “Santa Diabla,” where she earned a 2013 Premio Tu Mundo. She also starred in numberous other Telenovelas in Mexico and the US. Raquenel has hosted TV’s “Estudio 2” and “Buscandote Un Angel” and in 2011, she was a fan favorite contestant on “Mi Sueno Es Baliar", Mexico’s version of “Dancing with the Stars.” Theater: The Diary of Anne Frank, Princesas Desesperadas (Snow White), Monologos De La Vagina (The Vagina Monologues) and Vaselina (Grease), which she also directed. She speaks Spanish, English, and Portuguese. Film: “El Dinero o La Vida” “Cowboys: Gang Life 4 Ever” and “Blue Line Station” and next “Prescience” with Eric Roberts. She recently starred in the WE series, “My Life is Telenovela.”
Angela was born and raised in the heart of Texas with family roots in Taiwan and China. She studied Film at the University of Texas at Austin and is a current Directing Fellow at the American Film Institute Conservatory in Los Angeles.
Angela’s films have won numerous awards and premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, SXSW, Austin Film Festival, and more.
In 2016, she was contracted as a writer/director with Super Deluxe and formerly as a producer/director at BAMM.tv. Angela has worked as a professional freelance director, producer and 1st AD for the past 13 years on features, documentaries, and commercials with companies such as Audi, Sony, CW, MTV and Google while teaching film to marginalized communities at various programs across California. [full bio]
BRANDON SOO HOO
Brandon Soo Hoo (born November 2, 1995) is an Asian American actor, known for playing Tran in the 2008 film Tropic Thunder Recently, you can catch him on Hulu’s Pen15 and the new Sci-Fi Action Adventure Epic Qi: Spacetime Warriors. Soo Hoo was also a series regular on the Cartoon Network sketch comedy series Incredible Crew and he played Scott Fuller on the El Rey Network horror-drama series From Dusk till Dawn: The Series, based on the film of the same name from Director Robert Rodriguez.
Brandon currently resides in Los Angeles, where he continues to build his acting career, as well as his training in martial arts.
Originally from Fargo, North Dakota, Nick Fink landed in Los Angeles only a few years ago by way of Arizona, when he sang his heart out on American Idol, making it through to the Hollywood callbacks. Since Idol, he has racked up some nice credits including a series regular role for Legacies as Ryan Clarke and MTV’s Sweet/Vicious, a regular on the hit Awesomeness TV web series Tagged, recurring on FOX’s hit series “Glee”, a guest starring role on CBS’s “The Mentalist” and “Criminal Minds” recurring on The Fosters, a co-starring role on FX’s “Justified”, six test deals, several national commercials (Apple, Microsoft & Shoe Dazzle) and all sorts of internet projects. He was a regular cast member on the Disney Online series 'Explored' and is a favorite on “Funny Or Die.”
Nick has also had time to fit in starring in several recently released feature films: Ostrichland, The Turner Risk, "Ghost Squad" and "Trace" and keep an eye out for Nick in the upcoming indie flick, “Loserville” and as the lead in the independent film, “The Great and The Small”,which has been garnering acclaim on the festival circuit”.
Born in Tokyo, Yumiko moved to Johannesburg at the young age of two, to Mexico City at nine, to Rome at 15, to New York at 18. She is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, where she received a Bachelor of Liberal Arts with concentrations in Screenwriting and Visual Arts. Much of her work revolves around tranquil and still qualities that are often unseen, drowned out in bustling urban environments. Yumiko is currently pursuing an MFA in screenwriting at the AFI Conservatory. Professionally, she has written for a variety of formats in the film medium, including music videos, art videos, short films, pilots and promotional web films.
From Russia, Elena Aksenova is a graduate of UCLA, where she studied Film Producing and Business and Management of Entertainment. She has produced near a dozen short films that have played at film festivals throughout the world and won numerous awards.
Ben Tolentino is a Filipino editor who attended the Berlinale Talent Campus with the support of the Berlin International Film Festival. He's edited features that have premiered in festivals such as Festival de Cannes (Death March, Official Selection 2013), Venice Film Festival (Blanka, La Biennale di Venezia 2015), and also edited Transit, the 2014 Academy Awards Foreign Language entry of the Philippines. He edited his first feature back in 2011 and has since won multiple awards in the Philippines and abroad.
SUMMER XINLEI YANG
A UCLA alumnus, who recently completed her master degree in producing at AFI Conservatory. Summer served as a consultant for the Amazon Studios series Bosch as well as feature development at Blumhouse Productions. Summer has produced American Advertising Award winning commercials, TV series, independent features and numerous shorts. Currently, she’s funding a non-profit dedicated to empowering young minority filmmakers.
Sebastian Sarinana is from Mexico City and graduated from Universidad Iberoamericana with a BA in Communication Sciences and a minor in Film. He attended the Vancouver Film School for film production. As a Director, Sebastian worked with major advertising production companies directing big-budget commercials for the likes of Coca Cola, CEMEX and the Mexican Armed Navy. He produced and directed multiple music videos for Warner Music and wrote, produced and directed three short films with his production company, Lahouse Films. Sebastian moved back to Los Angeles to pursue an MFA in Screenwriting at the American Film Institute Conservatory.
MICHAL WRONSKI Cinematographer
Born in Warsaw, Poland. Michał studied at Warsaw Film School, where he had a chance to study under great Polish cinematographers, Andrzej Jaroszewicz, Adam Bajerski and Arkadiusz Tomiak. Before coming to USA to study cinematography at AFI, Michał shot numerous music videos and short film.
Hanan Townshend is an acclaimed film composer based in Seattle, Washington from New Zealand. Townshend has composed music for some of the most iconic films and commercials of the last 10 years, including frequent collaborations with Palme d’Or winning director Terrence Malick and three time Oscar-winning DP/director Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki. He has scored over a dozen feature films starring some of the most established names in Hollywood. He has also written music for numerous domestic and international commercials for companies such as Apple, Volvo, Google and American Express.
Storyboards by Austin Jose. Trailer Edited by Taylor Chan
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