It's the day many an Edward James Olmos fan has been waiting for -- Filly Brown hits theaters tomorrow (Friday, April 19)!
The film is opening nationwide in approximately 200 theaters after months of waiting and more than a year after its debut at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012.
For a list of theaters, click the image at right, or you can check local listings at Fandango.com.
Filly Brown stars Gina Rodriguez in the title role -- Majo Tonorio, a young, hip-hop musician on the cusp of stardom who sees a golden opportunity to make it big and help her family but struggles with sacrificing the friends who helped get her there.
Rodriguez has consistently received positive praise for what is widely considered a breakout performance. She has already won an Imagen Award for Best Actress in a Feature Film for her portrayal of Majo. Her co-stars include Edward James Olmos; fellow Imagen Award-winner Lou Diamond Phillips, starring as her father; and playing her on-screen mother, the late Jenni Rivera, who tragically died in a plane crash in December.
Already an established Mexican-American singer and successful business woman, Rivera made her film debut in Filly Brown. Her co-stars, including Mr. Olmos have praised Rivera's one-and-only time on the big screen as Oscar-worthy.
Filly Brown is directed by Michael D. Olmos (son of EJO) and Youssef Delara, who also wrote the film. Mico Olmos, also EJO's son, was a producer on the film and collaborated on the soundtrack. Another of EJO's sons, Bodie, makes a appearance in the film, as do other "Battlestar Galactica" alumni Jamie Bamber and Kerry Norton.
On the music side, Filly Brown attracted numerous noted Latino recording artists including Chingo Bling, Latin hip-hop pioneers Lisa "Khool-Aid" Rios and Edward "E-Dub" Rios, as well as Baby Bash of the band Latino Velvet and young, hip-hop/R&B sensation Braxton Millz.
What Critics & Viewers are saying
The Hollywood Reporter writes: "As both an actor and a rapper, Gina Rodriguez gives an empowered performance in Filly Brown."
"Filly Brown is much deeper than that film (8 Mile); it's more engaging, there is more of an interesting story and the performances are top notch, notably from lead Gina Rodriguez who is outstanding as Filly," said The Hollywood News' reviewer Paul Heath.
A user review at IMDB.com had this to say about Filly Brown: "Amazing film! I am 54 years old and do not consider myself a fan of hip hop. But this film tears at your heart strings. I just can't stop thinking about it. Congratulations on a job well done. I certainly hope it makes it to the theaters for all to see. So glad I was able to enjoy it at Sundance! The characters in the story were vulnerable and love able, even though their imperfections were well defined. I was on the edge of my seat through the whole movie and am even wondering about changing my opinion of Hip Hop! Good cast, good directing and excellent crew all around. We will be seeing Gina Rodriguez again! Wow! I am happy to give this film a top review."