Masons of Maryville

Cuban Filmmaker seeks production assistance

Published on LatinoLA: May 2, 2008

Masons of Maryville

Cuban filmmaker Luis Augusto Saumell (pictured left) is writer director of Porque, a film short about the Cuban People's struggle for freedom and winner of the Charleston International Film festival Silver Award. He has a full plate with the strong topics of his next film project, Masons of Maryville. Saumell was a long time resident of Hollywood where he owned Shooters of Hollywood before moving to the Appalachian Mountains to find his muse.

This is a bilingual comedy about a group of brick masons working in the small town of Maryville, Tennessee. A redneck Baptist boy meets Catholic illegal girl, they fall in love ...lots of candles and red dirt roads.

Add two salsa dancing CIA Cubans in the mix and you have something we can all sink our teeth in: black beans and apple pie.

"I'm scrambling for a producer and I have lost David Valdes cell number." Luis Saumell says. "Can someone have his people call my people?"

Look for this film to get much controversy with its immigration political and religious plots. But after all is said, the hook in this film is "Follow your heart."

Cuban American filmmaker is at 865-983-3789

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