The film, a family road trip drama, is currently in post-production editing. Notably, it was written and directed by Marcus De Leon, best known as the writer/director of The Big Squeeze, and stars Lara Flynn Boyle. The movie will go on the worldwide film festival circuit this fall to search for a distributor.
From the Phoenix Business Journal:
“I was told for two years I could never get a film financed in Arizona,” De Leon told the crowd. “Rejection is my motivation. After first pitching to Desert Angels in 2013, I got this made under the most unlikely of circumstances. Without them this movie wouldn’t have existed.”
Although De Leon wouldn’t divulge how much money he received from Desert Angels, he did say it was enough to film the road trip movie for two and a half months.
The movie filmed in more than a dozen state locales, from Monument Valley to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Jerome to Prescott, driving nine vehicles 17,000 miles throughout Arizona.
“I fell in love with Arizona and wanted to do a feature film here,” said De Leon, a founding partner of Film Ventures Arizona. “I love Arizona’s obscure Arizona highways.”
He wanted to use as much Arizona talent as possible, and ended up with an all-Arizona cast and crew made up of a mix of graduates from the University of Arizona, Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University.
Desert Angels generally focuses on “Southwest regional startup or early stage companies,” according to its website. It has over 90 members, who have invested over $37 million in more than 85 presenting companies since 2000. Portfolio companies include biopharmaceutical company Siamab Therapeutics and ed tech start-up PicMonic.