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Filming in Miami wrapped for Indie Comedy “Chateau Vato a.k.a. I Love Lupe”

Production survived Florida’s hottest summer in recorded history

MIAMI – August 2017 – A feature film comedy – Chateau Vato – recently completed principal photography in Miami. The story focuses on a family of impoverished Latinos who squat in a lavish Miami mansion and assume an upper class lifestyle.

Chateau Vato is bursting with physical comedy and memorable one-liners. It stars actor-comedian Paul Rodriguez (Beverly Hills Chihuahua, Ali), Elpidia Carrillo (Predator, Bread and Roses) and Patricia De Leon (Magic City, Men of a Certain Age) and is written and directed by Tom Musca (Stand and Deliver, Tortilla Soup).

The production survived the hottest summer ever to be recorded in the history of Florida. The crew included a mix of international professionals working alongside film students from the University of Miami where Musca is a professor. Despite the heat, rain, and the lack of financial incentives, there are filmmakers still making movies in Miami.

The motion picture is set for a summer 2018 release.

“This is a zany film with a big heart, quite unlike anything we’ve seen recently. It’s great to make a summer comedy using South Florida locations,” said Musca.

From left to right: Mia Matthews, Paul Rodriguez, Elpidia Carillo, and Mark Newman
Photo credit: Karli Evans

Mia Matthews (left) and Patricia De Leon (right)
Photo credit: Karli Evans









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