After doing the festival route last year -- including the huge XXII Guanajuato International Film Festival (GIFF) in Mexico where it was part of the Spotlight on the 100 Years of Philippine Cinema -- Yellow Rose, the immigration drama with an unforgettable soundtrack, is coming to the big screen in the U.S. starting October 9.
The film won in 2019 the Special Jury Award-Best Narrative Feature at the Asian American International Film Festival in New York City and the Grand Jury Prize-Best Narrative Feature and Best Breakout Performance for Eva Noblezada at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.
The narrative feature debut of Diane Paragas stars the Hadestown and Miss Saigon actress in her feature film debut, Princess Punzalan, Dale Watson, Gustavo Gomez, Libby Villari, Liam Booth, and Tony Award winner Lea Salonga.
The film is a timely story about a Filipina teen from a small Texas town who fights to pursue her dreams as a country music performer while facing the threat of deportation. An ABS-CBN Cinematografo 2017 seed grant selection, it became the first Filipino and Filipino American film to be acquired by Sony Pictures for theatrical release in the U.S.
"Help us make history by supporting one of the first Filipino-led films to be released by a major studio. See Yellow Rose, in theaters this weekend," Lea asked her followers on Instagram.
Paragas produced, directed and wrote Yellow Rose with Annie Howell and Celena Cipriaso based on a story by Paragas and Andy Bienen. Also producing are Cecilia R. Mejia, Rey Cuerdo and Orian Williams. Executive Producers are Olivia De Jesus and Karen Elizaga. For more info on Yellow Rose screenings, visit https://www.fandango.com/yellow-rose-2020-221438/movie-times.