Directed by Aristotle Torres
South Bronx teen Kadir (Asante Blackk) is a gifted visual artist who loses his way following the death of his younger brother. Overcome with grief and struggling with the pressures of school and family, he escapes into the thrilling yet dangerous world of graffiti gangs, seeking an outlet for the creative force threatening to explode out of him. To prove himself and join his neighborhood’s ruling gang, Kadir tries to rob no-nonsense MTA conductor Luis (Luis Guzmán) on the Story Ave subway platform. He is caught off guard when Luis agrees to give Kadir the cash if he’ll sit down to a meal with him. Following their conversation and the delicate, transformative friendship that grows out of it, Kadir sees for the first time how his artistic talent could lead to a better life. Winner of the Best Cinematography prize at SXSW, this moving and authentic portrait of the South Bronx announces an exciting new cinematic voice in Aristotle Torres and offers a welcome showcase for beloved character actor Guzman and rising star Blackk (This Is Us), alongside a supporting cast of up-and-comers including Alex R. Hibbert (Moonlight), Cassandra Freeman (Bel-Air), Coral Peña (For All Mankind), and Melvin Greggs (The Blackening).
Reviews More Reviews
"Story Ave provides Guzman a heartfelt showcase... a necessary corrective to Hollywood's struggles to represent Latino stories."
"Unexpected and thoughtful. Reaches back to the hip-hop morality tales of the early ’90s. Asante Blackk is a revelation."
"Touching... a poignant story of survival. Luis Guzmán perfectly encapsulates a weary New Yorker with a good heart.”
“In a quiet and compassionate supporting performance, Luis Guzmán proves a beacon for a young graffiti artist – and for this debut feature from Aristotle Torres.”
“A lovely, heartfelt movie that is also gritty and deep and evocative, with outstanding performances.”
“A beautiful love letter to both the Bronx and the power of art.”
"Filmmaker Aristotle Torres is an astounding new talent."
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|Alamo Drafthouse DTLA||Los Angeles||CA||1698811200November 1, 2023|
|Alamo Drafthouse Lower Manhattan||New York||NY||1698811200November 1, 2023|
|Alamo Drafthouse New Mission||San Francisco||CA||1698811200November 1, 2023|
|Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar||Austin||TX||1698811200November 1, 2023|
|Alamo Drafthouse Winchester||Winchester||VA||1698206400October 25, 2023|
|Alamo Drafthouse Wrigleyville||Chicago||IL||1698811200November 1, 2023|
|Concourse Plaza Cinemas||Bronx||NY||1696564800October 6 - October 12, 2023|
|DeBartolo Performing Arts Center||Notre Dame||IN||1697601600October 18 - October 22, 2023|
|Emagine Cinema Chatham||Chicago||IL||1696564800October 6 - October 12, 2023|
|Fine Arts Miramar||San Juan||PR||1697083200October 12 - October 18, 2023|
|Gateway Film Center||Columbus||OH||1698984000November 3 - November 9, 2023|
|Laemmle Theatres||Los Angeles||CA||1697169600October 13 - October 19, 2023|
|Lighthouse International Film Society||Long Beach Island||NJ||1697083200October 12, 2023|
|Maysles Documentary Center||New York||NY||1696478400October 5, 2023|
|Quad Cinema||New York||NY||1695960000September 29 - October 5, 2023|
|Wayfarer Theaters||Highland Park||IL||1696564800October 6 - October 12, 2023|
|Zeitgeist Theatre||Arabi||LA||1696564800October 6 - October 12, 2023|