East Side Story

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Overview

Writer/director Carlos Portugal's comedy drama East Side Story earns a historical footnote, as one of the premier mainstream though non-Hollywood American films about an openly gay Latino character. René Alvarado stars as Diego, an East L.A.-residing Chicano homosexual. As the story opens, Diego rides out a long, headfirst downhill slope. With his once-promising culinary career in tatters, and the local neighborhood invaded by increasing numbers of WASPS, he finds his one and only solace in playing kinky illegal ...
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Overview

Writer/director Carlos Portugal's comedy drama East Side Story earns a historical footnote, as one of the premier mainstream though non-Hollywood American films about an openly gay Latino character. René Alvarado stars as Diego, an East L.A.-residing Chicano homosexual. As the story opens, Diego rides out a long, headfirst downhill slope. With his once-promising culinary career in tatters, and the local neighborhood invaded by increasing numbers of WASPS, he finds his one and only solace in playing kinky illegal immigrant-themed sex games with his male lover, Pablo David Beron -- which often proves difficult given the fact that Diego lives with his grandmother. Pablo's sudden indication that he recently had straight sex with Diego's nymphomaniacal aunt Gladise Jimenez threatens to damage or even destroy their relationship -- but this becomes irrelevant when Diego meets and falls in love with someone new: Wesley Steve Callahan, a Caucasian man who moves in next door and promptly returns Diego's feelings. Suddenly, the future begins to look very bright indeed for these two, but serious questions linger about their ability to ride out the pressures wrought by an interracial gay relationship, including malevolent ex-boyfriends and the discouragement perpetuated by disapproving family members.
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Special Features

2 commentaries; Closed captioning; Deleted scenes; Scene selections; Dolby 2.0 audio; Widescreen; A Message From Rosie Perez About Love & Respect
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/4/2007
  • UPC: 754703762979
  • Original Release: 2006
  • Rating:

  • Source: Wolfe Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:28:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 36,008

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
René Alvarado Diego
David Beron Pablo
Steve Callahan Wesley
Gladise Jiminez Aunt Bianca
Irene De Bari Grandmother
Cory Schneider Jonathan
Yelyna De Leon
Luis Raul
Luis Accinelli
Technical Credits
Carlos Portugal Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Steven Cahill Score Composer
Albert Cantu Editor
Neil De La Peña Cinematographer
Mary Feuer Editor, Producer
Abbe Thorner Production Designer
Charo Toledo Producer, Screenwriter
Blanca Valdez Casting, Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- East Side Story
1. Chapter 1 [10:23]
2. Chapter 2 [9:18]
3. Chapter 3 [11:36]
4. Chapter 4 [13:33]
5. Chapter 5 [5:11]
6. Chapter 6 [10:29]
7. Chapter 7 [10:40]
8. Chapter 8 [11:39]
9. Chapter 9 [4:56]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- East Side Story
   Play Feature
   Scene Selection
   Bonus Features
      Closed Caption
         Closed Caption: On
         Closed Caption: Off
      Commentary by Director Carlos Portugal
         Commentary by Director Carlos Portugal: On
         Commentary by Director Carlos Portugal: Off
      Commentary by Cast & Crew
         Commentary by Cast & Crew: On
         Commentary by Cast & Crew: Off
      Theatrical Trailer
      Deleted Scenes
      More From Wolfe
         Outing Riley
         A Very Serious Person
         Bam Bam & Celeste
         Follow My Voice
      A Special Message From Rosie Perez
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great movie with a touch of humour

    This is a wonderful, romantic movie that will leave you wanting to view it over and over again. I first saw the movie on Logo and immediately purchased the DVD. The romance that develops between the two main characters will leave you breathless. This is a must see movie for fans of romantic comedies.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    a must see movie

    I saw this movie at a screening in Hollywood,well, this is the first time I seat down and write a review for a movie for stranger to read, but that's how much I liked this movie, this movie is a comedy, and hilarious at that, by the same token it has scenes where it makes you think and touched me, the one thing that stands in my mind is, there are very few movies that I don't get bored somewhere in between, no matter how good the movie is, watching this one, I was entertained the whole time, that story moves man, and deals with a bunch of different issues through humor, issues that America is facing right now, things we all deal with in one way or another, is really well directed and written, you don't seat through endless scenes waiting for the next one, funny but with brains, I recommend it, bottom line, I loved this movie, if you are bored to tears with big studio cookie cutter movies, watch this one. for real

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Classy New Coming Out Film with Emphasis on the East LA Community

    Fresh young talent and a healthy dollop of enthusiasm serve as the springboard of this well written (Carlos Portugal and Charo Toledo), well directed (Carlos Portugal) and well acted exuberant story of those once perceived tightly closet doors of the East Los Angeles Hispanic community. Not that this is the first film to engage the topic of being gay in East LA - QUINCEAÑERA is another superb film on the subject - but it addresses so many other aspects of family and social life happening now that it deserves a wide audience. With a cast of newcomers coupled with some very fine veterans of the screen EAST SIDE STORY comes to life in a highly entertaining fashion. Closeted schooled chef Diego Campos (a fine debut by René Alvarado) works as a waiter in his grandmother Sara's (elegant Irene DeBari) little Mexican restaurant where grumpy homophobic chef Don Rogelio (Luis Accinelli) presides in the kitchen. Diego dreams of opening his own restaurant but family ties keep him grounded. Diego's campy Aunt Bianca (Gladise Jimenez) returns from Monaco on one of her many expensive sojourns to find a man and changes begin to happen. Diego's equally closeted boyfriend Pablo Morales (David Berón) has been refusing to settle down in a relationship with Diego, claiming that the union is a 'passing fancy'. When Bianca enters, Pablo's attentions turn to the sexy lady and Diego is brokenhearted. Into this mélange enters a white gay couple who buy a 'flip' house across the street, a signal to the neighborhood that gentrification is just around the corner. The couple - Wesley (Steve Callahan) and Jonathan (Cory Schneider) - meet the morose Diego and a match strikes between Diego and Wesley. Jonathan is assigned all the lines having to do with prejudice and is the one who wants out of the neighborhood as soon as their house is enhanced and their gay friends begin to visit. The white couple move apart and Wesley and Diego begin a courtship dance that is encouraged by Diego's family. How Diego handles his loss of Pablo to his Aunt Bianca and copes with the possibility of being open with Wesley forms the story line. It is all the hilarious and not so hilarious sidebars that share the space of the 'outing' that make the film so personal and successful. Carlos Portugal is clearly a talent to watch, as are his attractive and talented cast members. EAST SIDE STORY is a fine companion piece to QUINCEAÑERA and should enjoy the same degree of popularity for all the same reasons! Grady Harp

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