SPOKANE RED CARPET PREMIERE OF ALL SORTS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
LOS ANGELES, CA (April 26, 2022) – Los Angeles production company Vibrant Penguin announced today that its feature film “All Sorts” will be shown for a week at the Magic Lantern Theatre in Spokane, Wash. starting on Friday, May 20th with a red carpet premiere at 7pm. Tickets are on sale now.
The movie, directed by Yakima Valley native J. Rick Castañeda, who also directed the award-winning film Cement Suitcase, was filmed in Yakima in 2018. Castañeda will be in attendance for the premiere night for a Question & Answer Session after the screening. The film will have additional screenings at the Magic Lantern Theatre at 7pm until May 25. Tickets are available now.
“We’re really excited to bring this film back to Washington,” said Castañeda, who grew up in Granger, Wash. “Growing up in Eastern Washington, I didn’t have a lot of opportunity to attend red carpet premieres with actors and filmmakers until I moved to Los Angeles, and it really is the most amazing thing. The lights, the pictures, hearing the filmmakers talk about what it was like to make the film … it’s all part of the Hollywood experience, and I’m excited to bring that back to the region where I grew up.”
The film had its festival premiere in 2021 at the Seattle International Film Festival and was one of the festival’s most-viewed films. Chase Hutchinson of The Stranger said it was “a sentimental and surrealist comedy unlike anything else I've seen at the festival.”
In addition to screening at festivals across North America, “All Sorts” had its international festival premiere at Raindance in London, where it was similarly well received. Steve Harcourt of NerdSpan said, “What ‘All Sorts’ has in abundance is an off-beat wit, and remarkable charm.”
The filmmakers are thrilled to be able to continue showing the film in theaters after being delayed due to the pandemic. “Virtual screenings are great, but nothing beats sitting in a dark room and hearing the laughter of an entire theater full of people,” Castañeda said. “That feeling is why I went to LA to study filmmaking in the first place.”
“All Sorts,” a movie about a lonely data entry clerk who stumbles into the world of championship folder filing, is a quirky comedy about finding magic in everyday life. The main character, Diego (played by Eli Vargas of “Chavez”; “You, Me and Dupree”; “Arrested Development”; and “Burning Bodhi”), is desperate to find a job, excitement, and even love. New on the job at a strange company, Diego stumbles into an incredibly fast folder filer named June (played by Greena Park of “The Comedown” and “Family from Tang”), and the two journey through a wildly unexpected office adventure.
“When I moved to Los Angeles to break into the film industry, I worked a lot of mundane office jobs,” Castañeda said, describing his inspiration behind the story he wrote 19 years ago. “I found lots of time to imagine magical escape routes out of the gray cubicles where I was trapped everyday. I really wanted to add a little magic to this otherwise dreary landscape.” From Castañeda’s imagination came a mystical office story about the surreal world of Data-Mart and the eclectic people who work there.
It’s the second feature Castañeda filmed near his hometown of Granger, Wash. In 2011, he used a local cast and crew to film Cement Suitcase, an award-winning comedy about a wine salesman in Prosser. It was such a success, he knew the area was the perfect spot for his next movie, too. After enlisting many of the same cast and crew, he shot the movie in 18 days before returning to Los Angeles for post-production.
“‘All Sorts’ is truly a community-made film,” Castañeda said. “The producer and art director stayed at my parents’ house. Other family friends invited crew members into their homes. Our cinematographer David Carstens asked if he could just bunk in one of the offices where we filmed instead of his own place, and then set up a lot of shots before anyone showed up each morning. And that’s just one example of many. Everyone really pulled together and made a lot of sacrifices to make this film the best it could be.”
Following sold out screenings in the Yakima and Richland the last weekend of March, and these screenings in Spokane, Vibrant Penguin plans to have theatrical screenings nationwide leading up to their video on demand and DVD release later this year. Castañeda’s hope is to put a smile on viewer’s faces during these uncertain times.
“We want to make magic; that’s why we make movies, and that’s especially why we made this movie,” he said. “This is a very positive movie about love, about friendship, about finding magic in a dim, drab place. We think it will bring smiles to a lot of faces, and really get people to think about their world in a different way.”
About Vibrant Penguin and J. Rick Castañeda
Vibrant Penguin is a multimedia production company based in Los Angeles creating original content. J. Rick Castañeda is an award-winning writer/director of branded content and narrative films, and founder of the production company Vibrant Penguin. He wrote and directed the feature film Cement Suitcase, a comedy-drama set in Central Washington. The film screened at more than ten film festivals, won multiple awards, and currently has a 100% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It received wide distribution on Cable VOD, and also was picked up by Amazon Prime, Hulu, and iTunes. Originally from Granger, WA, Rick graduated from USC with a major in Creative Writing and a minor in film. He has directed videos for Disney, MSN, Imagine Dragons, League of Legends, and LEGO, and just recently wrapped his first season of The Sushi Dragon Show Starring TheSushiDragon for VENN TV. All Sorts is his second feature film.
Magic Lantern Theatre
25 W Main
Spokane, WA 99201
Tickets are $11
Red Carpet Screening
Friday, May 20th at 7:00pm
Saturday, May 21 - Wednesday, May 25th at 7:00pm
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