Los Angeles, CA – May 1, 2018 – TriCoast Entertainment and Florida Film House presents Blademil Grullon’s (‘Love and Reality’, ‘Fade Away’) ‘A MIAMI LOVE STORY’ – a provocative, urban street crime tale showcasing the raw, gritty Miami streets that are filled murals and street art, and its longtime cultural conflict between Haitians and Dominicans.
The tough, urban street tale of ‘A MIAMI LOVE STORY’ begins with Patrick (Paul Antoine), Miami’s Haitian top dog, who fists battle Dominican Felipe (Mitch Lemos), for full authority of the Miami street drug markets. But, when the boys realize Patrick’s younger sister is Flo, and Felipe’s nephew is Sandy, the high-intensity cultural feud only intensifies. ‘A MIAMI LOVE STORY’ shows smart, Haitian good-girl ‘Flo’ (Lexi Delarosa) and artistic, yet violent, Dominican, ‘Sandy’ (Miguel “Fuego” Duran) are separated and forced 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. The longtime cultural conflict is built upon the region’s land and its history, once called Hispaniola, which was under Spanish rule until 1697 until the region was given to the island of France. Then called “Saint-Domingue”, the region became France’s wealthiest colony by the thousands of African slaves who helped produce coco, sugar, cotton and coffee. Saint-Domingue experienced a slave rebellion in 1791, shortly before slavery was abolished. Following a brutal and bloody war for liberation, the region gained independence in 1804 with the region re-named as what we know of today, Haiti.
The streets of Miami have become a battlefield between their families, their cultural differences of Haitian and Dominican are working against them – Will Sandy and Flo finally find love? Or will it result in an intense climax similar to “Romeo and Juliet”?
Though rough and real, ‘A MIAMI LOVE STORY’ is a romantic street-art film. As a loosely inspired and provocative “Romeo & Juliet” tale, they two battle cultural barriers but find an escape through Miami’s longtime art-street scene. Sandy takes Flo to his sacred space, his studio, revealing his true passion for art with a beautifully depicted painted rose that hasn’t blossomed yet, which expresses his feelings for Flo. Describing his unique artistic style as “fine art meets street art”, Flo encourages Sandy to pursue his dreams as ‘A MIAMI LOVE STORY’ often shows the couple hand-in-hand, walking through Miami’s art district, the Wynwood Art District, admiring the colorful murals and graffiti street-art. With art’s ability to unite the couple, creating their bond and love to become stronger, Sandy finds the strength to be vulnerable with Flo by sharing fond memories of his father taking him to art galleries as a child, and how ultimately it was his father and Miami’s art that truly inspired Sandy.
The Wynwood Art District was once a run-down warehouse district from the mid-to-late 1990s, home to Miami’s Garment District and a top location for Caribbean immigrants. Since, the area has transformed into a hub of innovative and eclectic restaurants, bars, trendy shops, art installations / galleries / complexes and the most famous, the “Wynwood Walls” – the largest collection of street art murals in the world.
‘A MIAMI LOVE STORY’ is a story is about forgiving the past and moving into the future. Even though you see a little bit of violence – that’s reality – at the end of the day we make sure that we have a positive message, said Mall. ‘A MIAMI LOVE STORY’ is now available on VOD platforms, including Amazon, InDemand, DirecTV, Vimeo on Demand, iTunes Google Play and Hoopla. Watch ‘A MIAMI LOVE STORY’ here today: https://amzn.to/2Fy7K55.
Noted as an extremely talented artist, Jean has received several Grammy Awards, and has reached eight nominations, including those received at the Golden Globes Awards. He is world-known for film soundtracks, ‘Hotel Rwanda’ (2004), ‘The Manchurian Candidate’ (2004), and James Bond film ‘Quantum of Solace’ (2008). ‘A MIAMI LOVE STORY’ captures Miami’s urban and art culture exquisitely with cast members, 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’. 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/.
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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