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Logline: A quirky, character-driven indie comedy that slows down the rapid-fire gentrification in Washington Heights, New York City.
At the heart of “Guap” is a simple question: “Who has the right to live in a neighborhood?”
When Pedro, an unsuccessful drug dealer, is forced to use his hidden culinary talents to unite his family against the gentrification threatening their humble Washington Heights neighborhood, he has to make a decision about what matters most to him in order galvanize his community. Multi-generational, bi-lingual, and full of surprising laughs, “Guap” (slang for ‘a lot of money’) is a unique comedy about food, family, and the value of things we love.
“Guap” is a comedy with serious social and cultural implications.
Chris Myers (Writer/Producer/Co-Director) is an actor/writer, winner of a 2014 Obie Award for his performance in “An Octoroon.” He has worked with industry icons such as Woody Harrelson, Phylicia Rashad, and Frank Langella. Chris received a BFA from The Juilliard School. His first short, “Post-Emma”, received online support from Ava DuVernay.
Patrick Letterii (Producer/Co-Director) is a director and producer, and the co-founder of Vacation Pictures, a film production company based in Brooklyn, which has won numerous Cannes Lions awards.
Haley Rawson (Producer) is an actor and producer based in NY and LA. Producing credits include the upcoming short films “Daykwon” and “July” (both currently in post-production), and Chloe Sanders’ comedy series “SNAFU”. As an actress, Haley has appeared on TV in: “Broad City,” “The Affair,” “The Blacklist,” in a recurring role on NBC’s “The Slap,” and will be seen in HBO’s upcoming series “The Deuce” (opposite Maggie Gyllenhaal).
Jill Hamburgo (Associate Producer/Casting) is a first generation Dominican-American raised in New York City. She has worked casting for VH1, MTV, Bravo, AMC, and more.
Samora Abayomi Pinderhughes (Composer) is a world-renowned pianist and composer. Samora has performed in venues including the White House, the Blue Note, MoMA, the Sundance Film Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, and Carnegie Hall. He is also a member of Blackout for Human Rights, and was musical director for their 2016 #MLKNow and #JusticeForFlint events.
About the Film:
As an actor, I’ve had moments with and without money, and each of those moments has had it’s own emotional highs and lows. The question became how has this paper object gained such control over my day to day life. Gentrification is an urgent issue, a dramatic issue, a relevant issue, and one that served as a great nexus for a lot of what America is going through right now. I chose to create a story about a family because I wanted a great canvass to explore both big themes and big feelings.
Current Status: We’re in pre-production… casting has begun, our crew is 80% complete, and we intend to begin shooting at the end of August.
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