Richard Montoya, stage and screen actor best known as a member of the comedic stage trio Culture Clash, makes his directorial debut with the upcoming film Water & Power.
The powerful drama was originally written and performed on stage by Montoya and the cast of Culture Clash and is now transformed to the big screen.
A hardworking Chicano father nicknamed his twin sons Water and Power and taught them the family motto: There is no power without water, and no water without power. The setting is the East Side of Los Angeles, where each become involved in the web of politics and power that make up this city. The brothers, one a decorated police officer, the other a senator, eventually find themselves on opposite sides of the law.
The film is due to be released on May 2, 2014 but San Diego Latino Film Festival attendees will have an exclusive sneak peak at the film. And it is fitting since Montoya was born in America's Finest City at San Diego's Balboa Naval Hospital.
The film stars Enrique Murciano as Water and Nicholas Gonzalez as Power. The all-star Latino cast also includes the late Lupe Ontiveros in one of her last screen roles.
Water & Power screens on March 22, 2014 at 6:00 pm. The San Diego Latino Film Festival will be held at the UltraStar Cinemas, 7510 Hazard Center Dr #100, San Diego, CA 92108.