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Luis Guzman Jokes He Would’ve Fired His Reps If Scheduling Didn’t Allow For Role In ‘Story Ave’ – SXSW Studio

Story Ave


Section: Narrative Feature Competition

Director: Aristotle Torres

Screenwriter: Bonsu Thompson, Aristotle Torres

Logline: Based on the life of Torres, Story Ave tells the story of South Bronx native Kadir Grayson (Blackk), a teen with artistic talent on the brink of finding and losing himself at once. Blinded by the grief of losing his younger brother, Kadir runs away from home. He escapes via the beautifully dark and dangerous world of graffiti. His graf gang Outside The Lines consists of street kids with minds as criminal as they are artistic. Desperate to join the gang, Kadir attempts to rob Luis (Guzman), an older Puerto Rican MTA conductor on the Story Ave subway platform. Luis offers him the cash he needs if Kadir agrees to have a meal with him. For the first time, Kadir entertains the possibility of his artistic talent being a conduit to a better life.

Sales Agent: WME / UTA / CAA

Panelists: Asante Blackk, Luis Guzmán, Melvin Gregg, and Coral Peña

Premiered: March 11, 2023

Key Quotes: Guzman: “It took a year and a half for me to get the script [for Story Ave]. I almost had to fire my agent and my manager because when I finally had it in my hands I told them, ‘I’m doing this.’ I fought tooth and nail which I didn’t have to do because I’m the boss.”

Torres: “It was an honor and humbling to make this movie, especially with [his fellow panelists]. They challenged me with the story in a way I had never thought of. And film is so collaborative but this was such a sacrifice and labor of love—a combination of limited resources and my high ambitions which made it a tough task but we did it. It feels so authentic and I’m so proud of how we all came together to make it.”

Gregg: “I feel like it’s important that these stories are told by us. They’re our stories and we understand them…Being in this community and growing up around these people, we understand the layers underneath that tough exterior.”

Torres: “I didn’t want to tell a Latin story; I didn’t want to tell a Black story; I didn’t want to tell a cool story. I wanted to tell an emotional story.”

The Deadline Studio at SXSW runs March 10-13, where the cast and creatives behind the best and buzziest titles in this year’s lineup sit down with Deadline’s festival team to discuss their movies and the paths they took to get to Austin, Texas.

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Additionally, find an exclusive clip from Story Ave below.

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