Having known about this project since late July, 2018 as I was approached to help produce, it’s been officially announced that 1991 Tony Award Winner, Lea Salonga and 2017 Tony Award Nominee Eva Noblezada – both having played the lead role of Kim on Miss Saigon – will star in the dramatic independent film, YELLOW ROSE.
Directed by Diane Paragas, YELLOW ROSE is about a 17-year old Filipino American girl from Texas who secretly dreams of becoming a country music star of old. When her mom is arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, she runs away and is forced to embark on a journey to forge her own path or face deportation with her mother back to the Philippines.
This will mark Noblezada’s feature film debut. She will headline the film which also stars the aforementioned Salonga, country music artist Dale Watson, Gustavo Gomez (Walking Dead, Animal Kingdom), Libby Villari (Boyhood, Friday Night Lights) and Princess Punzalan (Mulawin, Mula sa Puso). The film features original music composed and performed by the cast and director.
Paragas is an award winning documentary film director and commercial director. Her films have appeared on PBS, Discovery Channel and BET. She began her career in advertising then went on to work at MTV and for Discovery Asia. She is also the founder and owner of New York City based Civilian Studios.
Not only will she be directing, Paragas will also serve as a producer along with Cecilia Mejia (Call Her Ganda), Orian Williams, Rey Cuerdo (Lumpia With A Vengeance, Ulam: Main Dish, Motherland), and Co-Producer Jeremiah Abraham (Warner Brothers Entertainment, IW Group, Founder of BakitWhy.Com).
YELLOW ROSE is supported by New York based Asian CineVision, the Cinematrografo International Film Festival (ABS-CBN Global), and was awarded the Ravenal Foundation Feature Film Grant earlier this year by the New York Women in Film & Television.