“Man From Reno” Starring Pepe Serna is Nominated for Film Independent Spirit Award

ManFromReno_STILL 4By Luis Reyes

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The Hollywood award season got underway this past week and kicking off the season is the Film Independent Spirit Award nomination of Man From Reno, starring veteran actor Pepe Serna (Scarface, Car Wash). Directed by David Boyle, Man from Reno qualifies for the John Cassavettes Award as Best feature made for under $500,000.

In Man from Reno, a bi-lingual atmospheric Film Noir, Serna plays Paul Del Moral, a small town sheriff who investigates a series of grisly real life murders that involve a celebrated beautiful Japanese mystery novelist visiting San Francisco. The film also stars Ayako Fujitani as the novelist, Cuban-American Elisha Skorman as Del Moral’s daughter Teresa.  Behind the camera Carlos Sanches is the supervising sound editor.

The Spirit Award nomination arrives to propel the momentum and word of mouth created by Man from Reno having recently won the San Diego Asian Film Festival and The Los Angeles International Film Festival award for Best narrative feature this past June.

The film also screened to standing room only audiences at The Honolulu International Film Festival, The New York Asian Film Festival and the Dallas Film Festival. “It’s quite possibly my best role.” says Serna, “It’s a great gift for me to be in Man From Reno with such a talented group of actors and filmmakers led by director David Boyle.”

Serna is enjoying a late career renaissance, for he can also be seen in the feature film Cake, starring Jennifer Aniston opposite Oscar nominated Adriana Barraza and in the upcoming Gino’s Wife as Gino as well as Richard MontesAguruphobia.

The Film Independent Spirit Awards will be handed out on February 21, 2015 at a star studded Awards ceremony held at Loew’s Santa Monica on The Beach Hotel and televised on The Independent Film Channel.

Now in its 30th year, The Film Independent Spirit awards is an awards celebration honoring artist driven films made with an economy of means by filmmakers whose films embody independence and originality. The Spirit Awards recognizes the achievements of American Independent filmmakers and promotes the finest independent films of the year to a wider audience.



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