Production is currently under way on the feature film “The City of Gardens,” the story of a young American surfer wrongfully accused of cocaine trafficking and sent to prison in the 1980s. Production has wrapped photography in Lima, Peru, and will continue in Los Angeles.
An intense action drama and coming of age story, “The City of Gardens” is directed by Camilo Vila (“18 Wheels of Justice,” “Resurrection Blvd”), who wrote the script with Monty Fisher. Fisher and Alicia Rivera Frankl (“Gettysburg,” “Babysitter,” “The Mask of Zorro”) are producing alongside co-producer Rami Rivera Frankl.
DragonTree Media president Rami Rivera Frankl is in discussions for Domestic and International Distribution.
“The City of Gardens” follows a blond Californian surfer, Wayne Montgomery (John Robinson), who is a fun-loving beach bum escaping the influence of his wealthy and powerful father (James Remar). Wayne leaves his home in Beverly Hills for the enchantment of exotic Peru. Wayne’s carefree lifestyle and love affair with his beautiful girlfriend, Maritza (Peruvian actress Anahi De Cardenas), ends when he is framed during a political uprising. Framing turns into extortion in the sadistic prison.
In the nightmarish prison, Wayne finds himself surrounded by a group of political activists and social misfits, including a schizophrenic who believes he is Jesus Christ (Grant Bowler) and an Icelandic devotee of Krishna named Jorge (Johnny Lewis). Wayne is forced to share a mattress with the animalistic beast that everyone calls Nicaragua (Alex Meraz), which leads to a confrontation between them.
In a desperate attempt to gain freedom, Wayne meets with Consul Powers (Debra Unger) whose hands are tied by the false drug charges. As Wayne’s naivety dissipates, another nemesis, the power hungry Lt. Gutierrez (Michael DeLorenzo), moves to break Wayne´s spirit, torturing him to extort money from his family. Left with few options, Wayne adopts a new ethic – engaging the Peruvian activists, sharing his gifts with them and learning the importance of faith through his sympathetic friend, Jorge. Wayne challenges Lt. Gutierrez’s authority, confronting the depravity of corruption and abuse with his new-found spirit and courage. Wayne´s confrontation with Gutierrez propels the story to its final climax.
Monty Fisher’s Four Fish Films endeavors to develop and produce feature films, focusing especially on the cultures of both North and South America.
DragonTree Media, founded by CEO Alicia Rivera Frankl and President Rami Rivera Frankl, specializes in developing successful entertainment properties for the mainstream market with a multi-cultural awareness. Rami Rivera Frankl is represented by Montana Artist Agency. DragonTree Media has several projects in development including “Gitano,” “Dead and Kicking” and “The B-Let Report,” to name a few.
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