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Film Fest at Cal State L.A. May 15-17

Los Angeles Premiere of the

American Latino Urban/Sci-Fi GB2525, Friday, May 15

Los Angeles, CA -- The 6th Annual Reel Rasquache Festival of the U.S. Latino Experience in Film & Art – a West Coast celebration of films by and about U.S. Latinos – will be held May 15-17, 2009, at the Luckman Fine Arts Complex at California State University, Los Angeles.

From the writer of Lionsgate’s acclaimed film, “Ladron Que Roba a Ladron,” comes the Los Angeles premiere of the American Latino urban/sci-fi, GB2525, at the 6th Annual Reel Rasquache Film Festival.

GB2525 recently premiered with critical acclaim at the San Diego Latino Film Festival with San Diego Examiner reviewer Robert Aguilar writing, “It’s not a Latino film. It’s just another great film.”  A Reel Rasquache Film Festival representative from Los Angeles who attended the San Diego world premiere couldn’t agree more and extended a special invitation for the film to make its Los Angeles debut at the 6th Annual Reel Rasquache Film Festival. “The Reel Rasquache Film Festival is the perfect venue for us to have our Los Angeles premiere because the festival was created to showcase and promote American Latino films,” says writer and co-director JoJo Henrickson.

In the futuristic GB2525, the only things that have changed... are the weapons.  In the dark, urban landscape of the future, a two-year gang truce is shattered when the leader of the most powerful gang, 54th Street, is brutally assassinated. Puppet (Richard Azurdia, Weeds), now in command, seeks violent retaliation. The sole obstacle to an all out war is a respected gang member known as “Supa'man” (Frank Alvarez, Kitchen Confidential), who convinces Puppet to give him time to search out those responsible and salvage the truce. Sup' and his crew Yoli “the sniper” (Jossara Jinaro, Passions), Baboso “the muscle” (Bernie Martinez, Barrio Murders), and Spider “the techie” (JoJo Henrickson, Ladron Que Roba a Ladron) must rival gangs and battle time to ultimately discover a truth far greater than they could have ever imagined.

GB2525 was written and co-directed by Jojo Henrickson (writer of the critically acclaimed film, Ladron Que Roba A Ladron from Lionsgate) and produced by John Estrada (selected as a 2009 Producing Fellow for Project: Involve, a highly competitive mentorship program by Film Independent) of New Legacy Entertainment. Co-director, cinematographer, production designer and visual effects supervisor, Kieron Estrada, conceived the special effects and look of the film.

GB2525 also features a talented and diverse supporting cast of American Latino actors. Ruben Garfias (Get Smart’s Bruce & Lloyd), Ricardo Molina (Freedom Writers), Gabe Martinez (General Hospital), Pete Pano (Robbing Peter) and Oscar Torre (Cane).

The three-day Reel Rasquache U.S. Latino Film Festival will also feature screenings in all formats and genres including webisodes from across the U.S., filmmaking workshops, multimedia/spoken-word, live music and networking receptions.

For festival information, the new and improved Reel Rasquache website will be available soon at

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