Martin Sheen, Kirk Harris, Alex Perea, Michael Madsen star in boxing-themed U.S.   Mexico production

LOS ANGELES –   After successful runs at several prestigious U.S. and international film festivals, Chamaco (The Kid), the latest feature film by Los Angeles-based Rogue Arts, opens theatrically July 23 in Dallas as part of the Blockbuster-sponsored Maya Entertainment Indie Film Series.

A U.S.   Mexico co-production between Rogue Arts and Ivania Films, Mexico City, Chamaco is a timeless story of redemption and hope, struggle and triumph, told in the gritty world of boxing. The film tells the story of a father and son who overcome their differences to rescue a young Mexican teenager with big boxing dreams off the hard streets of Mexico City.

Shot in Mexico City and directed by noted Mexican producer Miguel Necoechea (Berlin Film Festival Winner with “Innocent Voices” and Sundance/Venice film Festivals winner with “Profundo Carmesi”), Chamaco stars Emmy/Golden Globe Winner Martin Sheen (“The Departed”, “West Wing”); The Method Fest Film Festival Breakthrough Performance Winner Kirk Harris (“Intoxicating”, “Hard Luck”); Alex Perea (“Zordo”); Mexican Ariel (Oscar) Winner/MTV Favorite Actress Danny Perea (“Duck Season”, “Hasta el viento tiene miedo”); The Method Fest Maverick Award Winner Michael Madsen (“Donnie Brasco”, “Sin City”); Mexican Ariel Winner Gustavo Sanchez Parra (“Amores Perros”, “Man on Fire”); Mexican Ariel Nominee Sofia Espinosa (“La Nina en la piedra”, “El brassier de Emma”), and Mexican Ariel nominee Raul Mendez (“Matando Cabos”, “Legend of Zorro”).

Legendary four-time world boxing champion Marco Antonio Barrera of Mexico makes a special appearance in the film, playing himself.

Chamaco was written by Rogue Arts founder and former boxing Golden Gloves champion Harris, Mexico City resident Necoechea, and celebrated Canadian filmmaker Carl Bessai (“Emile”, “Lola”).  The film was produced by the team of Don Franken, Necoechea and Harris.  The cinematographer is two time Mexican Ariel (Oscar) Cinematograpy Winner – Guillermo Granillo (“The Crimes of Father Amaro”, “Profundo Carmesi”).

Chamaco is part of the Maya Indie Film Series, an eight-city theatrical event that showcases eight critically acclaimed independent films in the top U.S. markets. Maya acquired U.S. distribution rights and international sales rights for Chamaco following the film s world premiere at the Morelia (Mexico) film festival last fall.

The Maya Indie Film Series debuts July 23 in Dallas, with a six-day run at the Angelika Film Center, 5321 East Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, TX 75206-5185; tel. (214) 826-3300; www.

The Series continues as follows:

Washington, July 30   August 5 at Landmark E Street Theatre, 555 11th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20004-1300; tel (202) 452-7672;

New York City, August 6-12, Village East Cinemas, 181 2nd Ave., New York City, NY, 10012; tel. 212-529-6799;

Chicago, August 13-19, Muvico Rosemont 18, 9701 Bryn Mawr Ave., Rosemont, IL 60018; tel. 847-447-1030;

Miami, August 20-26, Regal Palace 18, 11865 SW 26th Street, Miami, FL 95008; tel. (305) 221-1801 ;

San Francisco / San Jose area, August 27-September 2, Camera 7 Pruneyard, 1875 S. Bascom Ave., (Pruneyard Shopping Center), Campbell, CA, 95008; tel. (408) 559-6900;

San Diego, August 27   September 2, Gaslamp All Stadium 15; 701 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101; tel. (619) 232-0400;;

Los Angeles, August 27   September 2, Mann Chinese 6, 6801 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 60018; tel. (323) 464-6266;

The Series  end in Los Angeles will tie in with local Hispanic Heritage Month

celebrations. Each film will have a rotating screening schedule throughout the Series. Final film screening schedules to be programmed by theaters.

Founded by award winning producer Moctesuma Esparza ( Selena ,  Gettysburg ,  The Milagro Beanfield War ). Maya Entertainment is in its second year as a groundbreaking distribution company focusing on, but not limited to, the Latino market.  Esparza has also opened the burgeoning theatre chain Maya Cinemas in several cities.  Maya Entertainment titles include  The Line  starring Andy Garcia and Ray Liotta,  The Ministers  starring John Leguizamo and Harvey Keitel, “The Dry Land” starring America Ferrera, “Backyard” starring Jimmy Smits, “Chasing 3000” starring Ray Liotta and Rory Culkin, “Tropico De Sangre” starring Michelle Rodriquez and “Solo Quiero Caminar” starring Diego Luna.

Rogue Arts, an independent film production and distribution company founded by Kirk Harris in 2003, has produced seven films and handles the North American distribution of more than thirty-five films.   All the films produced by Rogue Arts have had limited theatrical releases in the US.

Professional Boxers in the Film:

Marco Antonio Barrera four time World Champion (fought Pacquiao, Morales, Hamed, Marquez, etc)

Gilberto “Flaco” Gonzalez WBC Youth World Champion –

Rodolfo “Fofo” Gonzalez (world rated, #2 in Mexico, NABO – North American Champion, Mexican Champion)

Daniel Evangelista (main bad guy opponent of Abner’s)

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