Writer-director Jose Daniel Freixas and producer Tony Gonzalez shot “Vandal,” a drama about a Miami graffiti artist, in December and January, using Art Basel events as a backdrop. A lot of the crew members who worked on the film, which was not a union production, have already moved out of Miami but came back for the sake of the movie.
Gonzalez says that despite the limited budget, it was important to shoot “Vandal” in Miami.
“We really wanted to show the city from a side that’s never been shown,” he says. “We have an unwritten rule in this movie that we’ll have no shots of the ocean. And we wanted to capture the true grit and soul of Miami. We wouldn’t have the performances we got if the actors weren’t being exposed to the hodgepodge of personalities here.”
For their follow-up project, Freixas and Gonzalez are developing a drama with Paramount Pictures about the Cuban Mafia, with Benicio Del Toro in talks to star. The budget could be as high as $100 million. They already know they won’t be shooting it in Miami.
EXILIUM ANNOUNCES VANDAL MOVIE BEGINS FILMING IN MIAMI DURING ART BASEL
A DRAMA ABOUT THE DEPTHS OF THE STREET GRAFFITI GAME IN SOUTH FLORIDA
DANIEL ZOVATTO, OTMARA MARRERO & BEAU KNAPP STAR IN THE FILM
Miami, FL (November 16, 2016) - Exilium, a Miami-based production company, announced today its new feature film, VANDAL, an authentic drama about art, love, war, and the depths of the street graffiti game, which will begin shooting next month in Miami's Wynwood, Little Havana, and Little Haiti neighborhoods.
The screenplay, written by Paul Taegel and Jose Daniel "Jaydee" Freixas (Magic City Memoirs) will be Freixas' directorial debut and produced by Tony Gonzalez. Executive Producers include Rob Weiss (Entourage, Ballers) and legendary graffiti artist Kelly "Risk" Graval. Other Executive Producers include Marco Vicini, Los Arias, and Armando Perez.
Set in present day Miami, VANDAL is a gritty drama about Cuban-American graffiti artist, Nick Cruz, also known as Damage, who leads his infamous crew while waging an all-city graffiti assault against his longtime rival, Sizmik. Daniel Zovatto will star in the lead role of Nick Cruz. Zovatto is most widely known for the roles he has played in It Follows, Fear the Walking Dead and Don't Breathe.
Beau Knapp will play Sizmik. Beau is currently shooting Deathwish for MGM, where he plays the villain opposite Bruce Willis. Knapp is known for his roles in Antoine Fuqua's Southpaw, Tale Shalom-Ezer's Mercy, The Nice Guys, opposite Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe, as well as his lead role in Oscar award-winning director, Ang Lee's film, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk.
Miami-native, Otmara Marrero, from Crackle's Startup will also star opposite Zovatto as Sofia "Silk" Campos.
Jose Daniel "Jaydee" Freixas is a Cuban-American filmmaker. He is recognized for co-writing and producing the award-winning independent film Magic City Memoirs, which was also optioned for television pilot script at FOX. His production company, Exilium, is based in Miami, Florida.
Tony Gonzalez is a film-producer and founder of the boutique record label, Rock the Moon. He is known for developing and representing GRAMMY and Latin GRAMMY-nominated artists Locos Por Juana, El B, Tomas Diaz and Osmani Garcia. His production company, Exilium, is based in Miami, Florida.
Exilium is a production company founded by Jose Daniel "Jaydee" Freixas and Tony Gonzalez. Exilium recently optioned the rights to T.J. English's forthcoming book The Corporation to Paramount, with Academy Award-winning actor, Benicio del Toro, attached to star as Cuban-mob boss Jose Miguel Battle Sr. Academy Award-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio will produce, along with Freixas and Gonzalez, as well as Appian Way's Jenifer Davisson Killoran, and the Picture Company's Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman.