Premiering at the Castro Theatre as part of CAAMFest-formerly the SF Int’l Asian American Film Festival, SUNSET STORIES is a true labor of love.
Set in the East Los Angeles neighborhoods of Silver Lake and Echo Park, it could just as easily be set in SF with a cast and crew who will be familiar to any savvy Castro audience.
Directors Silas Howard (By Hook or By Crook, seminal SF Punk band Tribe 8), Ernetso Foronda (Wildness and The Owls) and writer Valerie Stadler (For the Love of Dolly) begin their film with the wonderful promise of a princess story for a couple of kids in a cancer ward.
Our unlucky Princess is May (Monique Gabriela Curnen, CSI, Lie to Me, Fast & Furious), a hyper active pediatric Nurse who must travel to her hometown LA to pick up a cooler full of bone marrow needed for a transplant.
Soon after her trip begins, her world turns upside down when past and present collide and she runs smack into JP Sung Kang ( Fast Five, Live Free or Die Hard, Fast & Furious), the man she left behind five years ago. Thrown off by this chance encounter, she looses the cooler and her anything-but-fairytale adventure begins. JP reluctantly agrees to help May, as they search up and down Sunset Boulevard.
They come across an enchanting cast of characters as they wander about bouncing amid the madness that can be LA including a Punk Rock Latina who leaves them graffiti clues about the cooler, a cranky old dyke who fixes motorcycles, a bag lady who’s Kevin Bacon’s biggest fan, and a lovelorn transgender chanteuse played by San Francisco favorite Justin Vivian Bond.
As the cooler travels from dumpster to taco truck, we are treated to a very alternative princess story that will satisfy both the incurable romantic and the bitter cynic alike.
Highest praise for this picture playing Sunday, March 17th, at 9:45PM. You can purchase tickets HERE.