THE DARK SIDE OF LOVE

a HOLLYWOOD INDEPENDENTS production

(35mm, 87 minutes, 2012)

Writer, Director, Producer, Editor: Jorge Ameer

Cast: Carlos Salas, Jason Susag, Harsha First, Raquel Rosser, Jorge Ameer

SYNOPSIS

Two brothers on different life paths reunite to mourn the death of their mother. Julian, who's been his mother's caretaker for years, must now confront his brother Michael who's been a drug addict and has now reached rock bottom. Both brothers will be tested as they deal with each others prejudice and rage.

ABOUT THE FILM

Jorge Ameer's latest film tells the story of two brothers: a gay waiter with a crush on an eligible bachelor and a drug addict brother's abusive relationship spiralling out of control. Both estranged from each other, they must plan funeral arrangements of their recently deceased mother as their rage and prejudices consume their incindiary relationship.

Three relationships, two brothers, and a mother who'll change their lives forever. Preparing for the death of a parent is never easy. It does'nt matter how long you've planned for it When the occassion does arrive, it can be very difficult, taxing and hearthbreaking. Tempers will flair and emotions will run high, but deep down it is the love of siblings that will keep the family together during these tough times, or will it? "The Dark Side of Love" explores deep rooted feelings, inner prejudices and rage as four people are put to the test in this new drama from filmmaker Jorge Ameer 


Eligible bachelor Steven seeks his future wife by auctioning himself for a kids with cancer charity.   Julian, who is on the eve of preparing funeral arrangements for his recently deceased mother, deals with unresolved family matters.   An unexpected visit from his brother Michael reopens old wounds.  Both brothers must now deal with the roots of their disintegrating family in this  moving story about loosing a loved one and the way we grieve.  Something we can all relate to, this film unites four paths on a journey of self discovery, love and acceptance.   Enter the unique world of Julian, Michael, Chanel and Steven as they seek to find their way in life.

 Love is universal, but can it mend bleeding hearts?

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THE DARK SIDE OF LOVE CREDITS

a Hollywood Independents production

--------------------------CAST----------------------------

JULIAN - Carlos Salas

STEVEN SOMMERS – Harsha First

CHANEL – Raquel Rosser

MICHAEL – Jason Susag

ANA - Chrissy Randall

FATHER JOSIAH - Thomas Anderson

LADY VANESSA – Marcelle Lee

FUNERAL ATTENDANT – Torie Tyson

MAYA – Kerr Seth Lordygan

MRS. WINNIE – Anthea Orlando

AUCTIONEER - Jorge Ameer

BANQUET MANAGER - Matthew Montgomery

AUCTION MEMBERS

Paul Ingana

Andrea Johnson

Connie Moss

Bobby Rae Potts

Joel Rieck

Cindy Watson

 

------------------------CREW --------------------------

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS

Jorge Ameer

Mark Le Bonte

Judy Beauty Forman

1rst ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

Matthew Roth

CASTING

Ramon Estrada

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY

Xavier Henselmann

1rst ASSITANT CAMERA

Zach Voytas

2 nd ASSISTANT CAMERA

Jesse Snider

KEY MAKE UP ARTISTS

Victorio Esparza

ADDITIONAL MAKE UP

Shane Tsurugi

MAKE UP PROVIDED by

Sephora – Hollywood & Highland

GAFFERS

Chritian Janss

Ben Spiegelman

KEY GRIP

Scott Collins

SWING/ELECTRIC

Stian Kolsing

GRIP

Stephanie Choi

SOUND MIXER

Dana Ferguson

BOOM OPERATORS

Phillip Johnson

Jeremy Mc Cormick

INSURANCE

Galescreek

INSURANCE BROKER

Brigitt Whitescarver

35mm RAW STOCK

Kodak

PRODUCTION SERVICES PROVIDED BY

Berkeley Avenue Productions

Wooden Nickel

Cinelease

Ametron Electronics

VENDOR SERVICES FOR AMETRON

Victor Padilla

VENDOR SERVICES FOR BERKELEY AVENUE

Craig McNelley

PRODUCT SERVICES PROVIDED BY

HX Media

LOCATIONS

Casa Granada – San Diego

www.casa-granada.com

West Hollywood Methodist Church

The Big Kitchen

www.thebigkitchen.com

Showcase Theaters

Park Manor Suites

Caskets for Less

CATERING

The Big Kitchen

PRODUCTION CHEF – Mark Dallas

CATERING PRODUCER – Judy Beauty Forman

FILM/CATERING LIASON - Marcia Forman

CATERING STAFF

MOTION PICTURE PROCESSING

Ascent Media Laboratories

Robert Dennis

CINETECH/ASCENT MEDIA LABORATORY

Kevin Isago

CINETECH/ASCENT MEDIA LABORATORY

Continuum Pictures

TEASER CREATION

James Duval - Producer

TEASER PRODUCTION

Danny Torres - Producer

SPECIAL THANKS

Michael Schoel

ARIZTICAL ENTERTAINMENT

Patric Stillman

SAN DIEGO MEDIA ARTS CENTER

Peter Nadam

CASKETS FOR LESS

Gail Sanchez

KODAK

Scott Imler

CRESCENT HEIGHTS METHODIST CHURCH

HOLLYWOOD LIBERTY HOTEL

Pat Miller

FRIEDEL CATERING

John Lambert

REGENT ENTERTAINMENT

Helene Nielsen Beal

REGENT ENTERTAINMENT

Jason Hoban

SHOWCASE THEATER

Jamie

U-HAUL

Jennifer Laurent

COUNTRYWIDE FINANCIAL CORPORATION

 

FILM REVIEW: FROM TOP AMAZON.COM FILM CRITIC GRADY HARP

THE DARK SIDE OF LOVE
NEW VENUES OF JORGE AMEER

For those who follow the output of creative filmmaker Jorge Ameer, his newest film will surprise. THE DARK SIDE OF LOVE figures less with the underbelly of same sex love than it does with familial relationships. Two brothers, gay waiter Julian (Carlos Salas) and his drug addicted brother Michael (Jason Susaq) are the main characters of this story, though at the beginning Ameer lets us believe we are on another journey. At an auction for charity straight bachelor Steven (Harsha First) is auctioned for a five day ‘experience’ to what he believes to be a wealthy lady, but in a quick change the winner gives her lucky number paddle to the handsome young waiter Julian who then by default wins five days with the man. This interlude of gradual acceptance is interrupted by the death of the Julian’s mother and Julian departs for his mother’s home to carry out the mother’s secret wishes. At the same time Michael is at the bottom of his luck, severely addicted, out of funds, and in a messy relationship with the beautiful Chanel (Raquel Rosser) and receives the message that his mother has died. The two brothers meet at the mother’s home, a cremation takes place and through some tough recriminations and also tender exchanges the strength of family brought to focus by the death of the matriarch reunites the dissimilar men. There are some interesting sidebars that for a moment seem to interfere with the direction of the story but in the end this is a heartwarming tale of the bond of family and the many manifestations of love. Grady Harp

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