Cannes: Pony, LA Panda Link for ‘People’


by Emilio Mayorga

LA Panda reinforces position in independent L.A. arena.

“People You May Know,” a co-production between new Madrid-based label Pony Films and LA Panda, –the L.A. production umbrella that takes in many of Spain’s movie industry diaspora which has migrated to Hollywood– will go into production next June. Madrid-based school cinema ECAM also co-produces.

A dramedy mixing gay and straight plots lines about a group of friends in their thirties, “People” marks the sophomore outing of L.A-base Juan Carlos Falcon, who also penned the script.

Guillermo Escalona (pictured), Pau Brunet, Nacho San Jose and David Krohnert produce.

Pic is in part in the vein of TV skein “Transparent” and “500 Days of Summer,” said producers.

Set in Downtown L.A. and West Hollywood, “People” signals a total integration of LA Panda into L.A.’s independent scene. It is budgeted at $500,000.

Juan Carlos Falcon’s debut “The Wooden Box” delivered a “striking debut combining black humor, drama and social critique in a ’60s-set” pic, ran a Variety review.

Cast includes Sean Maher (“Serenity”), Andrea Grano, (“Planet of the Apes”), Mark Cirillo (“The Seminarian”), Curt Hansen (“Next to Normal”) and Spain’s TV actor Nacho San Jose.

Recent LA Panda production “10.000KM,” a SXSW winner, will get a U.S. release next July 10 via Broad Green Pictures.

Jon Aguirresarobe –son of Spanish cinematography master Javer Aguirresarobe (“Blue Jasmine,” “The Twilight Saga”– will make his d.p. feature debut on “People.”

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