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Lithuania, USA
Social realism, drama
Project Status

A cross-cultural look at the immigrant experience in Los Angeles through the parallel lives of a Mexican seamstress and a Lithuanian butcher. Inés is a single mother working a crushing schedule in a garment factory sweatshop. Tomas toils in blood and flesh as a butcher whose only companion is his dog, Luna. Two alienated souls lost in the urban metropolis, but in this dual narrative, a connection develops that transcends language and culture. Based on the award-winning short film, Solidarity explores the profound forces in society that bind people together.

Directors note

Dustin Brown is a writer and director with a passion for telling character-driven, socially conscious stories. His work has been recognized by some of the most prestigious film festivals including Cannes, BAFTA, Clermont-Ferrand and supported by Film Independent and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. He is a graduate of the American Film Institute Directing Program. Solidarity is his feature film directorial debut.

Production company and producer:
Mantas Valantiejus is a Lithuanian-born actor and producer. He has worked on numerous award-winning film projects and has acted alongside Mena Suvari and Elpidia Carrillo. The character of Tomas in the feature film Solidarity is inspired by his real-life story of living undocumented for many years in the U.S.

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350000 €
175000 €
Looking for
gap financing, finishing funds, co-producers, distributors, sales agents, festivals
Episode duration
Dustin Brown
Dustin Brown
Elpidia Carrillo, Mantas Valantiejus, Michael Harney, Carlos Miranda, Montse Hernandez, Daniel Mora
Dustin Brown, Daniel Dreifuss
Mark Mannschreck
Dustin Todd Films, Midnight Lantern Productions
Contact name
Dustin Brown
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Contact address
Dustin Todd Films, 3520 Hughes Ave. Apt 308, Los Angeles, CA 90034, USA