Josefina Lopez At It Again

Production of Lola Goes to Roma begins

By Henry K. Priest
Published on LatinoLA: January 25, 2006

Josefina Lopez At It Again

Aimee Garcia (All About the Andersons, Greetings From Tucson) one of Hollywood's most talented young Latina actresses will co-star with international star Victoria Abril (Max Mon Amour, El S?ptimo D?a) for the production of Lola Goes to Roma, penned by award-winning scribe Josefina Lopez, with Italian writer/director Toni Occhiello attached to helm.

The project rides on the heels of Lopez?s highly successful play that was parlayed into the indie sleeper hit Real Women Have Curves, which grossed well over $5.8 million in box office sales. With over 10 years' commitment to not only Latino-themed projects and talent but also projects that reflect diversity and non-stereotypical characters, Marilyn R. Atlas, who co-produced Real Women Have Curves along with HBO, joins forces with producer Diane Cornell to develop and produce Lola Goes to Roma for Cornell's company, Skye Island Entertainment. Lola Goes to Roma is the first of many Latino projects on the Skye Island Entertainment slate to come, among them El Grupo, a series to be produced for television, and Pachuco El Spirito, to be produced with Marilyn Vance (Pacific Blue) and Gregg Vance, with Lopez attached to supervise the writing on both projects.

An adventure of self-discovery that begins in the streets of East Los Angeles and ends in a small village in Tuscany, Italy, Lola Goes to Roma is the story of Roma, a third-generation, Mexican-American who, having defied Latina stereotypes by attending college and earning a doctorate, embarks on a journey with her mother Lola, who wasn?t as fortunate and succumbed to living out the role of a traditional mother. ?I wanted to show how two people can go on the same trip but have different journeys,? said Lopez about the screenplay that will also be showcased as a play in Santa Barbra this spring.

Lola goes to Roma will be shot in East Los Angeles, Spain, and in Occhiello?s home country of Italy. ?I believe that landscape is its own character in this project,? said Occhiello concerning the use of authentic locations. Described by Cornell as a cross between How Stella Got Her Groove Back and How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer, Lola Goes to Roma, with an estimated budget of $7 million, has already garnered interest from Medusa Films, the largest production and distribution company in Italy.

Principal photography is anticipated for early Summer 2006.

About Henry K. Priest:
For media, distribution and financing inquiries please contact: Diane Cornell, Skye Island Entertainment, Phone: (818) 567-6190 ext. 101, Email: SkyeIslandEnt@aol.com

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