On March 31st, The NYU Tisch School kicked off their First Run Film Festival. The Graduate Feature Spotlight was on Rashaad Ernesto Green and his film Gun Hill Road.   When I heard about the event, I immediately knew I had to be there.  I’ve heard such great things about the film, and being a Latina Bronx Native, this film was a must see. Gun Hill Road made quite a buzz at Sundance this past January and when I arrived at the NYU Cantor Film Center for the screening there was a line around the block .  For the following 87 minutes, I experienced an emotional roller coaster.  I was so happy to stay for the Q&A after the film.  I was so eager to hear how Gun Hill Road came about. Rashaad, some of the cast and crew got up on the stage and spoke to us about the production process. There were many film students in the room and they had all sorts of questions down to how long the editing took. The film was shot in 22 days! Everyone in the cast raved on how as a director, Rashaad was such a pleasure to work with.  I was beaming with pride to see a Bronx Latino making strides and breaking down doors. After the panel, I made my way to the front and introduced myself to Rashaad and several other film makers. Now my friend on Facebook, I’m so happy to see his recent post, “GUN HILL ROAD World Tour begins today! Dallas, Denver, Oregon, San Francisco, Poland, Italy, Singapore, Malaysia, see you soon..” -Rashaad Ernesto Green. I wish Gun Hill Road and all those involved continued success.   More information on the film below.

GUN HILL ROAD (www.gunhillroad.com)

After three years in prison, Enrique returns to the Bronx to find his wife estranged and his teenage son stumbling towards a sexual transformation that will put the fragile bonds of their family to the test.

CHECK OUT THE TRAILER: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IBTUwpAZh60

ENRIQUE is a true product of the Bronx, its flavor and its pitfalls have shaped his understanding of the world and defined his sense of manhood.

After serving three years in prison, Enrique comes home to find that his son has changed. 16 year-old MICHAEL, is not the same boy he left behind when he went to prison. Michael is beginning to explore a sexual transformation that tears at the very core of who Enrique believes himself to be.

The street-hardened father is incensed, but his questions are only met with protective silence from wife ANGELA, who finds herself caught in the middle of the ensuing battle of wills between the two people she loves most in the world. She is desperately clinging to the love she once had for Enrique while trying to protect her son from his father’s unrelenting campaign to force him into the kind of man men are supposed to be.

If Enrique makes one false move, he will be back in the system, but his inability to control his money, the love of his wife or the life of his son have built up a sweltering frustration inside him that results in his breaking the law again. And even though stealing from his wife’s former lover, and assaulting an old enemy may brand him a man in the eyes of the street, it will not be enough to Enrique until he can learn to be a father to his son.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               -Gun Hill Road.com


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