‘A MIAMI LOVE STORY’ – THE NEXT ADDITION TO FILMS FAVORITES MADE FOR MIAMI, BY MIAMI: VIOLENCE, DRUGS, AND ITS STREETS

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Grullon’s raw and gritty tale, ‘A MIAMI LOVE STORY’, comes to VOD platforms next week, April 16th, 2018.

Los Angeles, CA – April 14, 2018 – TriCoast Entertainment and Florida Film House are thrilled to release Blademil Grullon’s (‘Love and Reality’, ‘Fade Away’) ‘A MIAMI LOVE STORY’ to VOD platforms today as the next addition to “Films Favorites Made for Miami, by Miami: Violence, Drugs and its Streets.”

‘A MIAMI LOVE STORY’ is a the modern day West Side Story meets “Romeo & Juliet”, where two Miami teens find themselves on the gritty, raw Miami streets battling their longtime conflicting cultures, as a Haitian (‘Flo’ Lexi Delarosa) and a Dominican (‘Sandy’ Miguel “Fuego” Duran), who are forced to separate to balance their ethnic loyalties against their personal, romantic aspirations. As the first-ever film to be released as a national theatrical with the collaboration of Haitians and Dominicans, ‘A MIAMI LOVE STORY’ takes place on the urban, art streets of Miami, whose inhabitants are heavily influenced from the Caribbean Sea’s powerful cultural divide between the Haitians and Dominicans.

Produced by Marco Mall, ‘A MIAMI LOVE STORY’ is gritty, raw and truthful, as it portrays Mall’s experiences growing up in the midst of Miami’s ongoing feud between the Haitian and Dominican cultures while bringing to light Miami’s urban street culture.

‘A MIAMI LOVE STORY’ continues with its noteworthy and diverse soundtrack, featuring Pitbull and Fuego. Armando “Pitbull” Perez, Cuban and Miami-born global sensation, is noted as a bilingual phenomenon for selling over 70 million singles, performing in over 50 countries, and creating several chart-climbing songs, including ‘Timber’ and ‘Time of Our Lives’ featuring Ne-Yo. The ‘A MIAMI LOVE STORY’ star has referenced several films including ‘Miami Vice’ as ones that embody his life growing up and experiencing the drugs, violence and urban streets of Miami. Miguel A. Duran, Jr., a.k.a. “Fuego”, the lead of Sandy, is a Dominican Republican rapper signed to Pitbull’s record label, Mr. 305 Inc. Similar to Pitbull, Fuego has continued to bridge between American hip-hop and Latino music, especially since his move to downtown Miami.

With the film’s score by well-known Haitian Actor / Composer / Soundtrack artist, Wyclef Jean, ‘A MIAMI LOVE STORY’ spreads the message of peace between Haitian and Dominican cultures, as well as peace within the Miami streets. An extremely talented artist, Jean has received several Grammy Awards, and has reached eight nominations, including those received at the Golden Globes Awards. Jean is world-known for soundtracks on ‘Hotel Rwanda’ (2004), ‘The Manchurian Candidate’ (2004), and James Bond film, ‘Quantum of Solace’ (2008). 

‘A MIAMI LOVE STORY’ displays how Mall, Pitbull, Fuego and Jean were able to capture their previous lives growing up in Miami and turn it into film – an artwork. As it instills hope that longtime cultural conflicts can be conquered, ‘A MIAMI LOVE STORY’ touches on the common movie theme: Miami urban culture and street crime. And the best of the best are the always the ones made in Miami themselves. ‘A MIAMI LOVE STORY’ will be next addition to “Films Favorites Made for Miami, by Miami: Violence, Drugs and its Streets.”

1. ‘Shottas’ (2002) – Written and directed by Cess Silvera

A Jamaican crime film about two young men, Biggs (Errol) (Ky-Mani Marley) and Wayne (Spragga Benz), who become involved in organized crime on the streets of Kingston, Jamaica and Miami, Florida. Released in the U.S. by Triumph Films and Destination Films in 2006, ‘Shottas’ has been a longtime cult favorite since its unfinished bootleg was released. ‘Shottas’ stars music sensation, Wyclef Jean (as Richie Effs), and worldwide music celebrity, DJ Khaled.

2. ‘Bad Boys II’ (2003) – Directed by Michael Bay

From the ‘Transformers’ franchise director comes ‘Bad Boys II’, a story about two police detectives, Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) and his partner, Mike Lowrey (Will Smith), who are determined to stop the huge drug ecstasy flow into the Miami streets. 

3. ‘Miami Vice’ (2006) – Directed by Michael Mann

Taking place in South Florida, two undercover detectives Sonny Crockett (Colin Farrell) and Ricardo Tubbs (Jamie Foxx) become involved in a drug lord/murder case. Crockett gets involved romantically with the Chinese-Cuban wife of a trafficker of arms and drugs, while Tubbs deals with an assault on those he loves.

‘A MIAMI LOVE STORY’ will be available on VOD platforms beginning April 16th Watch the trailer for ‘A MIAMI LOVE STORY’ here: https://vimeo.com/215912020 and for more information, please visit: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3727362/.

The film stars a wonderful cast, including Miguel “Fuego” Duran (Soundtrack of ‘Puerto Ricans in Paris’, written/ performed ‘Mami Mami’), Lexi Delarosa (‘Love and Reality’, ‘Zoe911’, ‘Mattie: The Discovery’), Paul Antoine (‘Love and Reality’), and Mitch Lemos (director of ‘A Haunting Expense’, ‘Fearless Heart’, ‘Fade Away’). Producer Marco Mall is the founder of the Urban Film Festival in Miami and runner of full-service production company based in the Wynwood section of Miami, Florida Film House and is credited for ‘Zoe911’, ‘Kevin Gates Short Film’, ‘Swingers Anonymous’.

A MIAMI LOVE STORY (2017, 80 min.) Written and Directed by Blademil Grullon. Editors: Tony Ciccone, Blademil Grullon, Jokes Yanes. Cinematographer: Luis Valverde. Original Music: Wyclef Jean and Alberto Vaccarino. US, English. Florida Film House, TriCoast Entertainment.

PRODUCTION COMPANY: Florida Film House.

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