The heartwarming Puerto Rican family film arrives in theaters in September 2013 but you don't have to wait until then. The film is featured at this year's San Diego Latino Film Festival and is sponsored by Kleenex tissue. OK, not really, but you might want to take a few with you when you see this film. But believe me, you'll laugh as well as cry.
The genesis for the film began in Los Angeles when the producer and star of the film, Joey Dedio, was observing a birthday party in Griffith Park.
"I was watching this birthday party and it was picture perfect with all the balloons and everything and there were all these little kids yelling 'T?ìO T?ìO' and jumping on him. And I thought that was so nice and my friend turns to me and says the only reason he's so happy is because they're not his kids."
Set in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City, the film follows the lives of six siblings who are abruptly forced to live with their bachelor uncle Ray Ray after the sudden loss of their parents. Lots of unexpected surprises are in store.
A great combination of cast includes veteran actors as well as young Puerto Rican faces. Be sure to look out for Kelly McGillis in the film. You may remember her starring opposite Tom Cruise in "Top Gun". And if you didn't get enough of "T?¡o Papi", the producer hinted that there are talks of spinning it off into a television series.
The film screens again on Friday, March 15, 2013 in the morning for middle school students and educators and on Sunday, March 17, 2013 at 12:30 pm. Be sure to bring the entire family.
The festival runs from Thursday, March 7 through March 17, 2013 at the Digiplex Mission Valley Cinemas, 7510 Hazard Center Drive, San Diego, CA 92108