Competition Narrative Feature
Princess of the Row
Directed by: Van Maximilian Carlson
USA, 2019, 85m
*Talent in attendance for second screening
Award-winning filmmaker Max Carlson (Bhopali) directs this coming-of-age story of twelve-year-old African American Alicia Willis (Tayler Buck, whose riveting performance should make Hollywood take notice), a victim of an abusive Los Angeles foster-care system for most of her life. After being placed with a kindly, eccentric foster father (Martin Sheen, Grace and Frankie) on a farm, Alicia embarks on an eight-hour journey to find her homeless military-veteran father, Sgt. Beaumont “Bo” Willis (Edi Gathegi, Blacklist). Because he’s traumatized by a war injury and unable to recognize her, Alicia must rely on her tenacious drive to conquer Bo’s loss of reality. While escaping police, child predators, social workers, and navigating the unforgiving streets of L.A.’s skid row, Alicia battles to make her dream a reality: to just be with her dad. Co-starring Ana Ortiz (Ugly Betty) and Jacob Vargas (Sons of Anarchy), Princess of the Row is the inspiring and moving tale of a child who will stop at nothing to find the only family she knows.