Official Trailer for ‘Story Ave’ Starring Luis Guzman & Asante Blackk
by Alex Billington
September 18, 2023
“I don’t know if it was meant for life outside The Bronx…” Kino Lorber has unveiled an official trailer for an indie film titled Story Ave, which is the name of the subway stop in The Bronx where part of this film takes place (though not actually a real stop). This first premiered at the 2023 SXSW Film Festival earlier this year, where it won the Best Cinematography prize. The story follows a teenage graffiti artist who runs away from home in New York City and holds up an unwary MTA subway worker in a robbery gone “right” that would change their lives forever. They begin a friendship and Kadir starts to see the potential in his artistic talent. Kino Lorber adds that: “This moving and authentic portrait of the South Bronx announces an exciting new cinematic voice in [director] Aristotle Torres and offers a welcome showcase for beloved character actor Guzman and rising star Blackk (This Is Us), alongside a supporting cast of up-and-comers including Alex R. Hibbert, Cassandra Freeman, Coral Peña, and Melvin Greggs.” This does look pretty damn good.
Here’s the official trailer (+ poster) for Aristotle Torres’ Story Ave, direct from KL’s YouTube:
South Bronx teen Kadir (Asante Blackk) is a gifted visual artist who loses his way following the death of his younger brother. Overcome with grief and struggling with the pressures of school & family, he escapes into the thrilling yet dangerous world of graffiti gangs, seeking an outlet for the creative force threatening to explode out of him. To prove himself and join his neighborhood’s ruling gang, Kadir tries to rob no-nonsense MTA conductor Luis (Luis Guzmán) on the Story Ave subway platform. He is caught off guard when Luis agrees to give Kadir the cash if he’ll sit down to a meal with him. Following their conversation and the delicate, transformative friendship that grows out of it, Kadir finally sees for the first time how his artistic talent could lead to a better life. Story Ave is directed by NYC filmmaker Aristotle Torres, making his feature directorial debut after many other short films previously. The screenplay is written by Aristotle Torres & Bonsu Thompson. Produced by Jamie Foxx, Lizzie Shapiro, Datari Turner, Torres. This initially premiered at the 2023 SXSW Film Festival earlier this year, and it also screened at the Dallas Film Festival. Kino Lorber will debut Story Ave in select US theaters starting on September 22nd, 2023 coming soon.