By Vanessa Martinez | Shadow and Act January 25, 2012 at 6:26PM
The urban Hip Hop drama Filly Brown premiered this year at the still ongoing Sundace Film Festival and has been received with fairly warm reviews, especially for the star turn of its relatively unknown lead Gina Rodriguez (Our Family Wedding), a performance that THR calls "magnetic" and a "dynamic breakout". Filly Brown, about a Latina rapper struggling with family troubles and aspiring to make it in the music industry, is written by Youssef Delara and directed by Delara and Michael D. Olmos.
The film also stars Jenni Rivera, Lou Diamond Phillips and Edward James Olmos.
Here's a full synopsis:
Maria Jose 'Majo' Tonorio is a tough LA street poet who spits from the heart. After meeting a talented DJ she cuts her first demo under the guidance of a small time hustler more interested in promoting Majo's sexuality than her lyrics. Soon a major label and its strong-arm executive come calling. Convinced that a record deal will deliver much needed money for the family, Majo is suddenly faced with some stark choices. Does she accept the deal and turn her back on the friends who got her to the precipice of success or does she let a golden opportunity slip away.
Watch the teaser trailer below. I've also embedded a special video feature from Sundance underneath it, in which clips of the film are shown and the filmmakers and cast discuss the project.