Announcing Top Rebel Productions

Actor Freddy Rodriguez, award-winning filmmaker Francisco Lorite and Bill Winett team up to create a film/TV production company

By LatinoLA Contributor
Published on LatinoLA: January 12, 2014

Announcing Top Rebel Productions

Actor Freddy Rodriguez, Award-winning filmmaker Francisco Lorite and Bill Winett have teamed up to create Top Rebel Productions, a brand new Los Angeles based film/TV production company that world-premieres its first project, the short feature "Mediation" at the upcoming NewFilmmakers LA Film Festiva at the AT&T Center, the presenting venue, in downtown Los Angeles.

"Mediation" tells the story of a divorce mediation that spirals completely out of control for a husband (Freddy Rodriguez), his soon-to-be ex-wife (Marley Shelton) and their court-appointed mediator (Marilyn Sanabria). The short, written and directed by Lorite features television star Freddy Rodriguez (HBO - SIX FEET UNDER, ABC - UGLY BETTY) alongside actress Marty Shelton (CBS - ELEVENTH HOUR, Dimension Films ÔÇô SIN CITY) and Marilyn Sanabria ("Between").

"Mediation" is the first project released by the brand new Film/TV production company entitled Top Rebel Productions, the brainchild of actor Freddy Rodriguez, Francico Lorite and veteran producer Bill Winett.

Freddy and Francisco met when the latter cast him in "Random", a project that was meant to be Lorite's feature film directorial debut. While the financing for the film collapsed, nevertheless, a new friendship rose out of the unfortunate predicament. Francisco, Freddy and their mutual friend Bill Winett then joined forces together founding Top Rebel Productions. It is their common love and passion for a good story that brought them together as well as their desire to tell stories they care about.

"Mediation" is a project the three of them decided to do as " a planting of the flag in the ground" - a way of showing they are here and they have something to say." It presents and sets the creative tone for the company's overall production direction focusing on dark films, crime dramas and thrillers showing that excellent production can be accomplished with little budget.

The trio is already at work, developing a slate of film and TV projects due out this year including the feature film "Cargo".

NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) is a non-profit organization, that began over ten years ago in New York at the famous Anthology Film Archives, designed to showcase innovative works by emerging filmmakers from around the world.

The fest provides the Los Angeles community of entertainment professionals and film goers with a constant surge of monthly screening program rich with selective documentaries, short and feature films delivered from the next generation of filmmakers. Many well known films have debuted and been discovered at NewFilmmakers including Too Much Sleep, Zero Day, & Blair Witch Project.

"MEDIATION" (30 sec) Trailer:

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