The independent film is written and directed by Diane Paragas and also casts Tony Award Winner Lea Salonga and Country Music Singer Dale Watson
NEW YORK – September 10, 2018 – Tony Award Nominee Eva Noblezada (Miss Saigon, Les Miserables) headlines the cast of musical drama film Yellow Rose along with Tony Award Winner Lea Salonga (Once On This Island, Miss Saigon). The film is led by Award-Winning Director Diane Paragas (Brooklyn Boheme) and production wrapped last month in Austin, Texas. Yellow Rose is Ms. Noblezada’s debut in a feature film.
Yellow Rose tells the story of a 17-year old Filipino American girl from Texas who secretly dreams of becoming a country music star of old. When her mom is arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, she runs away and is forced to embark on a journey to forge her own path or face deportation with her mother back to the Philippines. The film features original music composed and performed by the cast and director. Joining the cast are acclaimed country music artist Dale Watson (Friday Night Lights), Liam Booth (Ghosts Never Sleep), Gustavo Gomez (Walking Dead, Animal Kingdom), Libby Villari (Boyhood), and Princess Punzalan (Mulawin, MulasaPuso).
“With the increased demand for diverse Asian American stories in Hollywood, I can’t think of a better time to develop this film,” says Director Diane Paragas, “Yellow Rose has been in development for over 15 years and we’ve selected an incredibly talented cast to help tell this story.” Along with Paragas are Producers Cecilia Mejia (The Unstoppable, Split Persona), Orian Williams (Control, Shadow of the Vampire), Rey Cuerdo (Ulam, Motherland), and Co-Producer Jeremiah Abraham (Warner Bros Entertainment, IW Group).
The film has received investments from ABS-CBN Global along with private investors. Yellow Rose is supported by New York based Asian CineVision, the Cinematrografo International Film Festival (ABS-CBN Global), and was awarded the Ravenal Foundation Feature Film Grant earlier this year by New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT)
About Yellow Rose
Rose is a 17-year old headstrong Filipino-American girl and a Texan through and through. When she was a little girl, her father gave her a guitar and ever since then, she has dreamed of being the new Loretta Lynn. But when her mom gets arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Rose flees and is forced to embark on a harrowing journey to find a new home. She finds her way to the honky tonk world of Austin, Texas and develops an unlikely ally in Dale Watson, an underground country singer, who takes her under his wing. She must choose between pursuing her dream or be deported with her mom back to the Philippines and leave everything she knows behind.
About Writer and Director Diane Paragas
Diane Paragas is an award-winning documentary film director and commercial director. Her films have appeared on Showtime, MTV, Bravo, PBS, Discovery Channel and BET. Paragas started her career in advertising, then went on to work at MTV and Discovery Asia. Diane is also the founder and owner of New York City-based Civilian Studios.