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Maya Takes Palm Springs Title "Chamaco"

A scene from Miguel Necoechea's "Chamaco."

Miguel Necoechea's "Chamaco" ("The Kid"), the latest feature film by Los Angeles-based Rogue Arts, was acquired over the holidays by Los Angeles based Maya Entertainment. The film was purchased in advance of its U.S. premiere at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. A U.S./Mexico co-production between Rogue Arts and Ivania Films, Mexico City, the film premiered in Octboer at the Morelia Film Festival..

Shot in Mexico City, the film tells the story of "a father and son who overcome their differences to rescue a young Mexican teenager with big boxing dreams off the hard streets of Mexico City." The film stars Martin Sheen ("The Departed", "West Wing"); Kirk Harris ("Intoxicating", "Hard Luck"); Alex Perea ("Zordo"); Danny Perea ("Duck Season", "Hasta el viento tiene miedo"); Michael Madsen ("Donnie Brasco", "Sin City"); Gustavo Sanchez Parra ("Amores Perros", "Man on Fire"); Sofia Espinosa ("La Nina en la piedra", "El brassier de Emma"); and Raul Mendez ("Matando Cabos", "Legend of Zorro"). Four-time world boxing champion Marco Antonio Barrera of Mexico makes a special appearance in the film, playing himself.

“Chamaco” will be part of Maya’s Blockbuster-sponsored Indie Film Series, which plans to run theatrical in key markets. Now in its second year, Maya focuses on distributing films marketed towards a Latino market. Previous Maya Entertainment titles include “The Line” starring Andy Garcia and Ray Liotta, and “The Ministers” starring John Leguizamo and Harvey Keitel.

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