"Mariachi Gringo," With Celia Keenan-Bolger, Tom Wopat, Deanna Dunagan and More, to Debut at Miami Film Festival
19 Jan 2012
The new film "Mariachi Gringo," featuring Tony Award winner Deanna Dunagan and Tony nominees Kate Burton, Tom Wopat, Celia Keenan-Bolger and musician Lila Downs, will premiere during the opening night of the Miami International Film Festival on March 2.
Tom Gustafson and Cory James Krueckeberg are also the team behind the acclaimed indie musical film "Were the World Mine," which put a gay twist on A Midsummer Night's Dream.
They describe "Mariachi Gringo" as a celebration and exploration of Mexican culture. The film includes 15 musical numbers.
"X-Man" actor Shawn Ashmore leads a cast that also features Dunagan (August: Osage County), Burton (The Constant Wife), Wopat (Catch Me If You Can), Keenan-Bolger (Spelling Bee), Downs (Like Water for Chocolate) and Martha Higareda ("Te Presento A Laura").
Gustafson directed the film, which "follows a small-town mid-western man (Ashmore) as he runs away from his family and journeys to Mexico to follow his dream of being a mariachi," according to Krueckeberg.
Following its Miami world premiere, "Mariachi Gringo" will be screened during the Guadalajara Film Festival on March 5.
Kreuckeberg also told Playbill.com that he and Gustafson are working to enlist a current Broadway songwriting team to pen the soundtrack for their upcoming movie musical project.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.