Princess of the Row

Times:

  • 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, November 9, 2019

Where:

  • The Tower Theatre
    815 E Olive Ave.
    Fresno, CA 93728

Synopsis

Featuring an outstanding ensemble cast — including Edi Gathegi, Tayler Buck, Ana Ortiz, Martin Sheen, Jenny Gago, and Jacob Vargas — “Princess of the Row” is an unflinching and emotional family drama from the film festival circuit that will capture your heart. While on duty in Iraq, Sgt. Willis suffers a traumatic brain injury. Now he deals with PTSD and lives on Skid Row in Los Angeles with his 12-year-old daughter, Alicia, whom he is unable to recognize most of the time. But to Alicia, that doesn’t matter: She loves him, and she remembers the father he used to be. Alicia repeatedly flees foster homes and social services caseworkers to remain with her father. But Sgt. Willis, who can turn dangerously violent in an instant, is unable to care for either himself or his daughter. Determined to save the only family she has, Alicia is compelled to rewrite her story in the most difficult ways, to ensure they both survive.
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Director: Van Maximilian Carlson
USA • 85 minutes • Not Rated
Distributor: Oddbox Films

Filmmaker Q&A
After the film, join writer/producer A. Shawn Austin and lead actress Tayler Buck to talk about the movie. Based in Burbank, Austin develops, writes, and produces original content for film and television as president of his own production company, Big Boss Creative. His clients include Disney, Netflix, Lionsgate, and DreamWorks Animation. Based in Los Angeles, Buck has appeared in the film “Annabelle: Creation,” the Golden Globe Award-winning show “American Crime Story: OJ,” and in TV series such as “Private Practice,” “CSI:NY,” and “Key and Peele.” Moderated by Filmworks advisory board member Jefferson Beavers.

Reviews

"'Princess of the Row' is a touching and worthwhile look at how the other half lives." — Andrew Emerson, Film Threat
"The film might be taken as heartbreaking, but at its core is a message of resilience and hope." — Deirdre Crimmins, HighDef Digest
"'Princess of the Row' is a touching and worthwhile look at how the other half lives." — Andrew Emerson, Film Threat
"The film might be taken as heartbreaking, but at its core is a message of resilience and hope." — Deirdre Crimmins, HighDef Digest

Our 2019-20 season: Sept. 13; Oct. 11; Nov. 8-10 (Fresno Film Festival); Jan. 10; Feb. 7-8 (Oscar shorts); March 13; April 10; May 8.