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From Boyle Heights Hood to Toronto International World Premiere

Local boy making movies the last ten years gets world premiere at Toronto International Film Fest

Published on LatinoLA: August 18, 2009


From Boyle Heights Hood to Toronto International World Premiere


Frank Aragon's' gang drama "Down for Life" is up for a world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, one of 11 titles added to its Contemporary World Cinema.

Based on a New York Times article, the film, DOWN FOR LIFE depicts a single, fateful day in the life of a 15-year-old Latina gang leader. Leaving the gang, she discovers, is more difficult than joining.

The film was shot on location in South-Central Los Angeles and stars local youths in the lead roles. It's an honest look at a day in the life of a 15-year-old Latina gang member, based on a true story.

Starring Danny Glover, Snoop Dogg, Kate Del Castillo, Elizabeth Pena and introducing 16-year-old Jessica Romero from Wilmington, California.

This is Frank Aragons' fifth feature acting in the capacity of producer. 1211 Entertainment, Aragon's company has been concentrating on the American-Latino audience for the last 10 years.

Born and raised in the Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles, this is tale of sheer ambition, determination, and talent. Frank has been concentrating on positive Latino stories. In 2001 Aragon was the recipient of the Golden Eagle Award from Nosotros for outstanding independent filmmaker.

This is Aragon's first major film festival debut.

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