Grant Bowler’s “The City of Gardens”

August 4, 2010 by  

As the film enters into post-production the addition of acclaimed film editor Richard Halsey (“The Net,” “American History X,” “Edward Scissorhands,” “Sister Act,”) brings movie history to The City of Gardens. The intense action/drama, is the story of a free-spirited American surfer who attempts to rid himself of his father’s wealth by running off to Peru where he is accused of trafficking cocaine and is sent to prison.

Editor Richard Halsey has been responsible for crafting together almost 60 films in his distinguished career. His talent and artistry led to his winning the Academy Award™ for Best Film Editing for the 1976 film “Rocky.” Also nominated for BAFTA™ Emmy™, and American Editors of Cinema Awards™, Halsey was inspired by editing master George Nicholson.

Mr. Halsey, who began his career working at 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros.’ Studios in sound and film editing, commented, “I knew immediately that Camilo Vila’s film was a project on which I wanted to work. The material shot in Lima, Peru is beautiful.  And the ensemble of this young, dynamic cast brings tremendous talent and freshness to this amazing story of survival.”

Director Camilo Vila, “The chance to work with Mr. Halsey is an honor. I feel that Richard’s artistry will help bring together the vision we all share.” Co-Producer, Rami Rivera Frankl added, “We could not be happier and more thrilled.”

The City of Gardens is an intense action drama and coming of age story that stars John Robinson (“Lords of Dogtown,” “Transformers,” “Elephant”), Alex Meraz (“The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” and “New Moon”), Johnny Lewis (“Sons of Anarchy,” “The Runaways,” “AVPR: Aliens vs. Predator – Requiem”), Michael DeLorenzo (“A Few Good Men,” “Not Forgotten,” “Resurrection Blvd.”), Deborah Unger (“White Noise,” “The Hurricane,” “Angel and the Bad Man,” “The Game”), James Remar (“Red” with Bruce Willis, “Gun” with Val Kilmer, “Pineapple Express,” “2 Fast 2 Furious”) and Grant Bowler (“Killer Elite” with Robert De Niro, Jason Statham & Clive Owen, “True Blood” 3rd Season, “Atlas Shrugged”, “Ugly Betty”).  The City of Gardens is directed by Camilo Vila (“18 Wheels of Justice,” “Resurrection Blvd”), who wrote the script with Monty Fisher.  Fisher and Alicia Rivera Frankl (“Gettysburg,” “Babysitter,” “The Mask of Zorro”) are producing alongside co-producer Rami Rivera Frankl. DragonTree Media president Rami Rivera Frankl is in discussions for Domestic and International Distribution. Production is currently casting the role of Wayne’s (John Robinson) mother.

The action drama, The City of Gardens follows a blond Californian surfer, Wayne Montgomery (John Robinson), who is a fun loving beach bum escaping the influence of his wealthy and powerful father (James Remar). Wayne leaves his home in Beverly Hills for the enchantment of exotic Peru. Wayne’s carefree lifestyle and love affair with his beautiful girlfriend, Maritza, ends when he is framed
during a political upraising. Framing turns into extortion in the sadistic prison.

In the nightmarish Peruvian Prison, Wayne finds himself surrounded by a group of social misfits and political activists. There his eyes begin to open to the political strife of a people on the verge of a revolution and the value of freedom. Wayne is forced to confront the animalistic beast named Nicaragua (Alex Meraz).

In a desperate attempt to gain freedom, Wayne meets with Consul Powers (Debra Unger) whose hands are tied by the false drug charges. As Wayne’s naivety dissipates, another nemesis, the power hungry Lt. Gutierrez (Michael DeLorenzo), is bent on breaking Wayne’s spirit and extorting money from Wayne and his family.  Left with few options, Wayne adopts a new ethic – engaging the
Peruvian activists, sharing his gifts with them and learning the importance of hard work and faith through his sympathetic friend, Jorge (Johnny Lewis). Wayne challenges Lt. Gutierrez’s authority, confronting the depravity of corruption and abuse with his newfound spirit and courage and in doing so finds the redemption through his relationship with a schizophrenic named Jesus Christ (Grant Bowler).

Monty Fisher’s Four Fish Films endeavors to develop and produce feature films, focusing especially on the cultures of both North and South America.

DragonTree Media, founded by CEO Alicia Rivera Frankl and President Rami Rivera Frankl, specializes in developing successful entertainment properties for the mainstream market with a multi-cultural awareness.  DragonTree Media has several projects in development.