From directorBen Hernandez Brayand producerJoe Carnahan(who developed the script together), the indie dramaEl Chicanois a very different kind of superhero story about a masked street legend who fights the evil that lives in the East Los neighborhood that’s stuck in a turf battle. When LAPD Detective Diego Hernandez (Raúl Castillo) is assigned a career-making case investigating a vicious cartel and learns that his brother’s supposed suicide might have actually been a murder, he becomes torn over the best way to seek justice.
At the film’s Los Angeles press day, Collider got the opportunity to sit down with filmmakers Ben Hernandez Bray and Joe Carnahan to talk about why it’s both about time and the right time for a movie likeEl Chicano, how it reflects today’s socio-political climate, working from a point of pain in order to tell this story, why it was important to stay focused and get the film made, the bittersweet but beautiful first day on set, casting the film, why it feels like there is still so much story to tell, and finding your own voice as a filmmaker, even if you don’t go to film school.
BEN HERNANDEZ BRAY: Both. When we initially started the idea and the writing, Trump wasn’t even in office, at the time. Everything is meant to be, and we have always felt that way, while we were writing the film, and during prepping, shooting and post. It’s the right time because it’s happened the way it was supposed to happen.