Film spotlight: “Soledad” Arrives in Style for its West Coast Premiere, Sunday, May 31th 9:30PM at the World Famous TCL Chinese Theatres
This film stars the critically acclaimed newcomer Jesse Celedon, and will have its West Coast premiere Sunday, May 31st at 9:30pm at the TCL Chinese Theatres in Hollywood.
“Soledad” will be in competition for the Narrative Film Feature award as part of the “Dances with Films” Festival. There will be a Q & A with co-writers/directors/producers Eduardo Maytorena & Wayne Mitchell, executive producer Douglas Bravo and the stars of the film, Jesse Celedon, Montanna Gillis, Chase Austin, Chris Petrovski and Natt Leone immediately following the screening.
This film tells the story of an unlikely friendship that develops after an act of compassion sets off a series of events—destined to change the lives of everyone involved. Iconic landmarks including the Hollywood Bowl Overlook, Midnight Rollerway in Glendale, The Odyssey and A Mi Hacienda restaurants, as well as Mulholland Drive, Ventura Boulevard, Griffith Park, Echo Park and Silverlake serve as backdrops for a road-trip adventure through the heart of Los Angeles that reminds us that the thing about memories is, you have to have the experiences first.
17 years after moving to Los Angeles, Celedon makes his acting debut in SOLEDAD. After living in Hollywood during the late 90’s, Jesse made the decision to move to Bakersﬁeld and commit his life to helping disadvantaged kids abandoned by their parents and supported by the state. Currently he owns and operates a group home for boys. Jesse’s desire to act never dissipated throughout the years and inspired Eduardo & Wayne to write SOLEDAD as a testament to his talents, and as a love letter to one of their coolest friends. Prior to ﬁlming, Jesse studied at the Stella Adler Academy.
Victor (Jesse Celedon) has a past that he’d like to leave behind. Fortunately, in Los Angeles, anonymity isn’t hard to come by. In this town if you’re not a celebrity then it’s easy to be ignored. This is where we find Victor, a lonely limousine driver who spends his life ferrying clients. Like those employed in LA’s service industry—he services the well heeled while remaining virtually invisible.
“When some lines get crossed, they can’t be uncrossed”
Tonight becomes something different as Victor picks up Raquel (Montanna Gillis) dressed for the ball. A breath of fresh air compared to Victor’s usual stale clientele, he is intrigued. The only problem is her prom date, Preston. This is Victor’s employer…an affected spoiled child whose ghetto banter is meant to give him some sort of hip, street cred. Limos and douchebags go together like nightclubs and roofies. When people get in the back seats of limousines, their true nature comes out, and some people only feel like Kings when they’re stepping on Pawns. Events are set in motion that will change Victor’s destiny
Created and Produced by a team of first-time film-makers; the cast and crew came together to make the type of independent feature film they’ve always dreamed of. Shot throughout the city of Los Angeles with the RED Mysterium, over 14 nights and 3 days; Soledad is a testament to a lifelong friendship between the star, (Jesse Celedon) and film-makers (Eduardo Maytorena & Wayne Mitchell) culminating into an original movie experience only the three of them could have made.
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