This movie is a shockingly blunt and painful peek into the filmmakers' own family grief, an urban tale extraordinaire. It is filled with mournful pathos for the young Jose's wasted life. But it is also a candid and frank look into the flawed logic and perverted family values that drive behaviors and that have captured so much of the imagination and culture of our contemporary youth of color. It is a testament to Cagle's true “guerilla filmmaker” spirit, that he was able to mount this production and get a film in the can so quickly after these tragic, gut-ripping events.
The Jose Lucas Story, is a film that will certainly be controversial as it gets played in festivals, theaters, and over the wider networks of social media. “This story, this project, was very exciting for me, it's what I feel I know, what I'm really good at: action, suspense, conflict, drama...this film is the best work I've ever done.”
The Parham/Cagle success will undoubtedly be attributed to the dynamic, hard working and colorful array of actors they cast in their productions. A few on this film are veterans of past Caglevison projects, like Ashley Cruz the beautiful Ms. Puerto Rico 2010 in real life, who plays Aida, Jose's fiesty parole officer-turned girlfriend. And of course, the Cagle legacy kids, Kenyae Cagle, who plays Kenya, the martial arts-wielding aspiring filmmaker pursuing Tenisha (Jose's mothering young cousin) has appeared in each of his father's films since he was young, and his sister, Precious Parham plays her mother Tenisha (Nisha Parham). Both young actors do their parental units proud. But there are also exciting new faces in the film, such as Jason Lanzar Rivera who plays a compelling young Jose Lucas, and actor Mark Meachem appears as Aida's boss, Mr. Wells. A stunningly awesome Nixon Cesar is introduced to feature film in the role as the treaturous ring leader Rob.
Also featured in this pic, the veteran Sopranos's cast member, Vinny Vella, who played in the popular Vegas drama, Casino (1995) and will appear in Casino 2, makes his debut Cagle film performance as “Mr. C” adding a real “blast” to the story... and last but not least is Jose Lucas's vengeful antagonist (masked) partner in the jewelry heist, 'E' (for Edward, ficticious), who is very convincingly played by actor Steven Komito and introducing first time ever screen actor Brian McGlaughkin as Harry. Brian's portrayal is exceptional. --
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