Beautifully shot in Echo Park and against Los Angeles’ downtown skyline, this beguiling coming-of-age romance introduces two phenomenal young actors in EJ Bonilla and Veronica Diaz-Carranza. At school, Jordin (Bonilla) is a cocky but charming Latino firebrand; at home he is a doting grandson who can’t seem to please his perpetually cranky father. On the day he’s suspended for insulting a teacher, Jordin meets Felipa (Diaz-Carranza), a bookish, no-nonsense New York girl who sees past the swaggering facade. The two immediately embark on an unlikely friendship that inspires Jordin to find out who he really is.
Written and directed by the remarkable Nicholas Ozeki in his feature debut, Mamitas stars EJ Bonilla, Veronica Diaz, Jennifer Esposito, Joaquim de Almeida, Jesse Garcia and Pedro Armendariz Jr.
Independent Spirit Awards
‘Someone To Watch Award’ Nominee
2011 Los Angeles Film Festival
Best Narrative Feature Film
2011 Urbanworld Film Festival
2011 Napa Valley Film Festival
Jury Prize and Audience Award
Best Narrative Feature Film Nominee
2011 New York Latino International Film Festival