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East of Hope Street

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Director  Nate Thomas
Distributor  The Cinema Guild
Language  English
5.6/10 IMDb

Genres  Drama, Coming of age
Country  United States
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Writer  Tim Russ, Nate Thomas
Release date  November 5, 1999 (1999-11-05)
Cast  Judy Herrera, Tim Russ, Nate Thomas, Asanio Lara, Greer Bohanon, Joyce Rae, Eve Rivera, Susanne McKenrick
Similar movies  Bellyfruit (1999), Quinceanera (2006), Unwed Mother (1958), Gimme Shelter (2013), Stephanie Daley (2006)

East of Hope Street is a 1998 award-winning film drama directed and produced by Nate Thomas. It was executive produced by Tim Russ (best known for his role as Lieutenant Commander Tuvok on the Star Trek: Voyager television series) who also stars in the film. East of Hope Street had a limited release in theaters beginning on November 5, 1999 by The Cinema Guild. It had a home video street date on September 21, 2004. The gritty, urban, fact-based story is loosely based on director Nate Thomas's 10 years of experience working as a counselor in a group home for pregnant teens in Los Angeles. Russ plays a role autobiographical of Thomas. The film has been called "timely and provocative" by the Los Angeles Daily News, "an emotional and powerful film" by KCOP-TV, "stark and unflinching" by Backstage, and "a testament to the human spirit" by The Austin Chronicle.


East of Hope Street tells the real-life coming of age story of Alicia Montalvo, a teenage Salvadoran refugee caught up in the labyrinthine Los Angeles child protection system. Alicia struggles to survive the abuses of home, the inner city, and an overburdened social system in a Los Angeles most people never see.

Featured cast

  • Judy Herrera (as Jade Herrera).... Alicia
  • Tim Russ.... Casey
  • Magda Rivera.... Rosa
  • Eve Rivera....Carmen
  • Greer Bohanon.... Tameeka
  • Asanio Lara.... Carlos
  • Roxanne Coyne.... Bianca
  • Fabiana Medici....
  • Ranjani Brow.... Missy
  • Pete Panos.... Luis
  • Susanne McKenrick.... Mrs. Robertson
  • Daniel Chace.... Mr. Robertson
  • Joyce Rae.... Louise Carrington
  • Sebastian Cetina.... Mario
  • Barbara Jones.... Judge Francis Albee
  • Rafael H Robledo....Mr. Valez
  • Awards and nominations

  • Best Feature Film (New Orleans Urban Film Festival 1998)
  • Best Actor Award (Judy Herrera) (New Orleans Urban Film Festival 1998)
  • Best Urban Drama (New York International Independent Film Festival 1998)
  • 1st Place Cross Cultural (Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame Festival 1998)
  • Jury Award (Hollywood Black Film Festival 1999)
  • Best Feature Film nomination (Imagen Foundation 2000)
  • Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Film (Judy Herrera) (FAITA Awards 2000)
  • References

    East of Hope Street Wikipedia
    East of Hope Street IMDb

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