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An American in Hollywood (2014)





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Are there any Heroes left? Hailing from New York City, a talented filmmaker Josiah aka "The Dissenter" (Richard Carroll Jr.) leads childhood friends and fellow artists Dorian and Paul (JD Williams and Hassan Johnson from HBO's hit series "The Wire") to Los Angeles in pursuit of the Hollywood dream. Wielding the artistic powers of writing, directing, acting, stand-up comedy, music, drawing, painting, and graffiti, this team of "Real Artists" battles the "Entertainment Empire" of Hollywood through a humorous and satirical graphic novel animation-based reality. In LA, Josiah meets his match in a beautiful feisty young actress named Ayoka aka "Power Girl" (Azur-De). Backed by her crew of "Bad Girls" (including Amber Lee Ettinger and Samantha Esteban from "Training Day"/"Harsh Times"), Ayoka and Josiah embark on a series of battles as they seek to create and succeed in Hollywood together. But soon... they are confronted by an even deeper obstacle... life. "An American in Hollywood" is a comedic tale of love, brotherhood, talent, betrayal, success, failure, and survival in the Entertainment Industry today. (C) Official Site

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There's a lot of truth in writer-director Sai Varadan's observant depictions of the battle of the sexes, the East Coast-West Coast cultural clash and struggling artists in soul-crushing showbiz.

Full Review… | February 12, 2015
Los Angeles Times
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I really loved the originality of this film. It is not your typical movie. It felt honest and sincere in giving the viewer a look inside the lives of unsung artists and creative types and their daily struggles in the shadows of "stars". Particularly artists of color. It challenges you to abandon stereotypical notions of who and what you think guys like these are when you pass them on the street. The film is filled with humor as well as heart. It's about trying to "make it", but not just in the so called "business", but also navigating relationships and life in general. It's a great Indy effort and I recommend seeing it.

FJ Sellars
FJ Sellars

I saw the movie at the Brooklyn Academy of Music Film Festival. I am Sai Varadan's mother and you may consider me biased. I saw a very early version of the movie at home last year but I very much liked the final version I saw at BAM

Vasundara Varadan
Vasundara Varadan

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