*Los Angeles – Tri Destined Studios and Seminal Films are pleased to announce the theatrical release of ‘Why Am I Doing This?’, a multi-award-winning, hilarious and inventive comedy about two talented but perennially down-on-their-luck guys trying to find fame, love and their Hollywood dream.
The film stars Anthony Montgomery (I’m Through With White Girls, Star Trek: Enterprise), popular stand-up comic Joe Torry (Sprung, Poetic Justice), Tony-nominated Valarie Pettiford (Stomp the Yard, TV’s Half & Half), Emmy-nominated Obba Babatunde (Ms. Evers’ Boys), Gerry Bednob (40-Year-Old Virgin), Emma Caulfield, (TV’s Buffy The Vampire Slayer), Tamlyn Tomita (Joy Luck Club), Sheetal Sheth (Looking For Comedy in the Muslim World) and James Kyson Lee (TV’s Heroes), among others. It is written and directed by Tom Huang, produced by Tri Destined Studios and distributed by Seminal Films.
The story follows African-American comic Lester (Anthony Montgomery), who is trying be the next Seinfeld … except everyone wants him to be Martin Lawrence, including his driven step-brother and manager Kenny (Joe Torry). Lester struggles in the stand-up world while also dealing with his drama-queen mother Natalie (Valarie Pettiford), and chasing the beautiful Nira (Sheetal Sheth).
Meanwhile, his best friend Tony (Tom Huang), an Asian-American actor, is trying to be the next Tom Cruise… except everyone wants him to play the Chinese delivery boy. He works dead-end jobs while trying to save his want to-be thug brother Danny (Dion Basco) and doing favors for the hot but also failing actress Amber (Emma Caulfield). Against all odds, Lester and Tony chase the Hollywood dream, while juggling relationships, crazy families and the feeling that they¹re never going to make it in this funny, award-winning film.
‘Why Am I Doing This?’ recently finished a successful Los Angeles theatrical run, as well as playing in numerous film festivals, winning the Director’s New Visions Award at the Cinequest International Film Festival, Best Narrative Feature at the Houston Comedy Film Festival, and Best Feature Film at the Philadelphia Asian-American Film Festival.
The Boston Herald called it “a raucous look at life in Los Angeles for an actor,” while the Los Angeles Times observed “the micro budget aesthetic charms. Be it Tony’s Ferris wheel date with romantic prospect Katie (Lynn Chen), the growing intimacy between Lester and longtime chum Nira (Sheetal Sheth), or a peaceful accord between Lester and his divorced, boy-crazy and hopelessly self-centered mother- played to the vivacious hilt by Valerie Pettiford- it’s the more subdued moments that, for Huang at least, answer the titular question.” Variety said the film “merits time-capsule placement as a dead-on representation of what it’s like to be struggling talent on the Hollywood periphery, circa 2010… (the film) is at its best in the realm of character writing, and in two-hander scenes that quietly reveal the heart of relationships.”
About Tri Destined Studios Tri Destined Studios was created to fill the void in the market place for quality entertainment that reflects all cultures of America with emphasis on exposing communities that are underrepresented yet craved in the marketplace. Recent film releases include the DVD hit “Perfect Combination,” and the upcoming “We Are Family.”
About Seminal Films Seminal Films, LLC is a film company specializing in independent film acquisition and production based in Los Angeles, California and Edmonton, Alberta. Seminal Films is a division of the Da Silva Group, a well-established media group with radio interests in Canada as well as music and film labels.
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