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San Diego – Baja Road Trip Flick Revs Into Coronado July 13

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Posted: Friday, July 5, 2019 3:44 pm

Film Festival to feature indie comedy with Shadowhunters’ David Castro and Latino stars

The mother of all road trips, “Ruta Madre,” will be screened at a special engagement hosted by the Coronado Island Film Festival on July 13, 10 a.m., at the Village Vintage Theatre, 820 Orange Avenue in Coronado. An award-winning indie comedy, “Ruta Madre” features “Shadowhunters” heartthrob David Castro as Daniel, a heartbroken singer who reluctantly accompanies his lunatic uncle on a high jinx-filled drive from San Diego to southern Baja, Mexico. The event marks the San Diego premiere of the final cut of “Ruta Madre” and will be followed by a Q & A with cast and crew members.

“Ruta Madre conveys a resounding message of love, family and a celebration of culture that will charm people of every nationality regardless of the side of the border you call home,” says director and co-screenwriter Agustín Castañeda who hails from San Diego. On the road, Daniel and Rodrigo (Spanish actor William Miller) encounter wild adventures and unusual characters, played by a host of international TV and film stars including comedian Paul Rodriguez, “Narcos” actress Paulina Gaitan, YouTube star Lia Marie Johnson, Tijuana-based “Nacho Libre” actor Hector Jimenez, and Mexican actresses Angelica Maria and Carmen Salinas, among others. San Diego’s Old Globe and Lambs Players’ actor Jordi Bertran and actress Sophia Mickelson, daughter of golf superstar Phil Mickelson, are other standouts. The film was produced in San Diego by Alpha Centauri Pictures, with assistance from Coronado film makers Ricardo Del Rio and Sue-Allen Villalva of Art in Motion International.

In preview showings at film festivals, “Ruta Madre” was chosen as Best Picture at the New York International Film Festival; as the recipient of the Heart Award for Best Feature Film and the Audience Selection Award in the San Diego Latino Film Festival; and was the director’s favorite among 1000 films shown at the prestigious San Luis Obispo Film Festival. The story is based on the life of Joey Malina, a singer who grew up in Imperial Beach; he co-wrote the screenplay.

The perfect summer movie, the coming-of-age car trip takes place in a classic, cherry red Corvair. Like a mix tape, the soundtrack is eclectic with 10 original songs that offer something for everyone: from Latin acoustic guitar ballads to rock, from mariachi to reggaeton. Available on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon, Google, and others, the soundtrack features local band Big Mountain, worldwide mariachi sensation Los Tres Tristes Tigres, Latin pop singers Giovana and Ilza Ponko, rap and dance rhythms of Rigoberto ‘Reegeeo’ Gutierrez, and songs by Molina as well.

In addition to Coronado, the film will debut in select theaters in Tijuana, San Diego, and other cities starting July 6. It will be released nationwide on video-on-demand July 16 on Amazon, iTunes, Spectrum, Google Play, and Dish among other channels.

Tickets can be purchased online at the Film Festival site https://bit.ly/2ZNBPIw up until the day of the performance. On the day of the show, tickets will be sold at the box office at the Village Vintage Theatre, 820 Orange Ave, 92118. The show is recommended for adults 18 and up.

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