Asante Blackk (When They See Us) and Luis Guzmán (Traffic) have been tapped as the leads for Aristotle Torres’ feature directorial debut Story Ave. The film, which has wrapped production in New York, will also star Alex Hibbert, Melvin Gregg, Cassandra Freeman (Monsters and Men) and Coral Peña.
Based on Torres’ 2018 short of the same name — which was, in turn, based on his life — Story Ave follows a teenage graffiti artist (Blackk). Who, after running away from home, holds up an unsuspecting MTA worker (Guzmán) in a robbery gone right that changes their lives forever.
Story Ave is a FirstGen Content and Foxxhole Entertainment Production, in association with Mero Mero Production, The Space Program, and Dark Rabbit Productions.
Torres developed the feature through the Sundance Director and Screenwriter Labs. with Guzmán and his son, executive producer Cemi Guzmán of Dark Rabbit Productions. FirstGen Content and Mero Mero Productions have served as financiers for the film. scripted by Torres and Bonsu Thompson, with Torres producing alongside Fox, Datari Turner, Lizzie Shapiro and Michael D’Alto. Cemi and Luis Guzmán are joined as exec producers on the project by Claude Amadeo, Randal Sandler, Chris Triana, Martin Cabrera, Robert Aguilar and Gus Deardoff.