The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival is pleased to present as its Centerpiece Presentation the hometown screening and West Coast premiere of SUNSET STORIES, by directors Ernesto Foronda and Silas Howard. A true labor of love, the film was a true eastside (L.A.) affair, shot primarily in Silverlake and Echo Park. A mini-road movie about relationships with a fairy tale twist, SUNSET STORIES captures the offbeat residents, charms and flavors of Los Angeles. And no, that's not an oxymoron. The film is also a first for noted director Justin Lin’s YouOffendMeYouOffendMyFamily pop culture blog; indeed, SUNSET STORIES is YOMYOMF’s first film acquisition. In the ever-evolving world of Asian American filmed content, one in which audiences consume more APA content online, SUNSET STORIES, like many other independent films, are seeking opportunities through digital and online distribution. This in turn, makes film festivals more relevant than ever, bringing the traditional theatrical experience to likeminded audiences wanting a more communal viewing experience.
May (Monique Gabriela Curnen, THE DARK KNIGHT; FINISHING THE GAME, Festival 2007), is a high-strung nurse based in Boston. She reluctantly returns to Los Angeles, her former home, to retrieve bone marrow for a transplant. Soon after her trip begins, her world turns upside down when past and present collide and she runs smack into rocker JP (Sung Kang from the FAST & FURIOUS series in full sensitive, cool, heartbreakingly handsome-mode), her former fiancé who she left five years earlier. Flustered, May loses the cooler containing the marrow. With only 24 hours remaining, the two embark on an AFTER HOURS-style journey up and down Sunset Boulevard, meeting a cast of eccentrics ranging from a transgender chanteuse at the Silverlake Lounge, a self-conscious young Mexican graphic artist, a struggling actor who takes any gig seriously (even if it’s dressed as a tube of toothpaste on the Hollywood Walk of Fame), and a bag lady who may just be Kevin Bacon's biggest fan.
Co-director Ernesto Foronda is no stranger to Asian American cinema, having served as producer and co-screenwriter on the seminal BETTER LUCK TOMORROW. He’s also no stranger to the Visual Communications family, as he was also a member of the inaugural class of the organizations’ Armed With a Camera Fellowship. He and New York-based director Silas Howard team to imbue SUNSET STORIES with an authentically reflecting Los Angeles’ polyglot cultural brew. The fact that main leads May (a Latina) and JP (Asian American male) are foregrounded, speaks to the groundbreaking mindset of this unique West Coast/East Coast directorial pairing. In addition to Curnen and Kang as the leads, the film is filled with supporting roles played by stalwarts like Michelle Krusiec, Mousa Kraish, Joshua Leonard, as well as some very high-profile and crowd pleasing secret cameos. SUNSET STORIES harkens back to American indie films from the 1990s (think early Richard Linklater), beating with a true indie spirit about quirky characters whose lives intersect and affect one another’s. A fun, oddball indie gem and a love letter to East Los Angeles, SUNSET STORIES oozes with the love and energy that was used to make it. The cast and crew did it for love (all indie projects are labors of love), and it clearly shows on the big screen.
Synopsis written by: Anderson Le