By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire April 19, 2013 at 10:59AM
In the rousing hip-hop drama "Filly Brown," newcomer Gina Rodriguez gives a commanding turn as the titular young hip-hop artist. Youssef Delara and Michael D. Olmos' Sundance indie centers on Brown, a Los Angeles-based struggling rapper with a mother in prison (the late Jenni Rivera) and one big shot at stardom.
Rodriguez, an NYU Tisch School of the Arts graduate best known for her brassy performance in the teen dance comedy "Go for It!," also raps in the film -- a first for the actress. Watch her show off her new-found skills in an exclusive scene from the film below. "Filly Brown" opens in select theaters today.