Viva Latino Film Festival NYC International will debut Richard Montes’ indie film Aguruphobia, starring Pepe Serna and Jade Puga, on Saturday, February 21st, 2015. VLFFI runs February 19 to 22nd and will be held at the Film Anthology Archives located on 32nd Avenue, New York, NY 10003.
Aguruphobia, is a high comedy that comments on America’s fascination with Eastern cultures, yoga and gurus. In a society divided by race, politics, economic disparity and morally ambiguous leadership, these self styled enterprising guru’s become instant media celebrities who seduce those who are desperately seeking someone or something to believe in.
“Veteran actor Pepe Serna gives a multi-layered performance as Nanak, a charismatic guru who uses the modern media to become a commercial merchant of self help and group therapy.”
“In a funny and touching portrayal” Jade Puga plays a vulnerable young woman, Crystal Luna, who falls under the guru’s sphere of influence. Along the way of self discovery she realizes that searching for enlightenment can be dangerous. Serna and Puga are aided by a zany supporting cast, Carlos Ramzey Ramirez, Marco Parra, Lia Chapman Espinoza, Robert Hallak, Louis Davis, Bart Braverman, Amentha Dymally.
“Aguruphobia is a breath of fresh air.” stated Steven Del Castro, Viva’s founder and co-executive director.
“Jade Puga and Richard Montes are an incredibly talented writing, producing and directing team. Their dramas are intelligently written, wrought with fine performances, visually engaging camera work, and topnotch production values. They are the cutting edge of new talent.” Director Jesús Salvador Treviño (ER, Dawson’s Creek, Law & Order, Criminal Minds)
Aguruphobia’s east coast premiere is on Saturday, February 21st, 2015, 12:40 PM, at the Film Anthology Archives 32 Second Avenue NY, NY 10003. For more information, visit: http://www.vlffi.com.
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AGURUPHOBIA Feature | USA | 84 mins.
Cast: Pepe Serna, Jade Puga, Carlos Ramzey Ramirez, Marco Parra, Robert Hallak, Lia Chapman Espinoza
Director: Richard Montes
Writers: Jade Puga, Richard Montes
Producers: Jade Puga, Richard Montes, Pepe Serna, Ericka Martinez
Music Composer: Dave Volpe
For more info on film, visit: www.aguruphobia.com
About Safada Y Sano Productions
SAFADA Y SANO PRODUCTIONS, LLC is a multimedia production company formed in 2002 based out of Los Angeles, CA. Formed by Richard Montes and Jade Puga, Safada Y Sano Productions focuses on Bringing raw, entertaining stories to audiences. SYS Films have screened in festivals and universities around the globe including AFI’s Music Documentary Series. Their feature Length documentary Pass The Mic! released in North America by Image Entertainment. www.safadaYsano.com.