A Short Episode/Pilot
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            Created by David Plascencia & Mary-Lyn Chambers


The 1920s were the glory days for Tijuana, Mexico. The thriving town was a magnet for movie stars, mobsters, dignitaries, and misfits seeking a place to escape the doldrums of U.S. Prohibition. TIJUANA follows French-born Carmen (Ilana Guralnik), a wildly intelligent and calculating woman who aids her Mexican-born husband in becoming Tijuana's Chief of Police (David ‘Blak’ Plascencia). Leveraging her newfound power in Mexico’s high society, she launches her own enterprise smuggling tequila to the north.

TIJUANA  had its world premiere at the 2019 Slamdance Film Festival and has since screened at Bentonville, Hollyshorts, NewFilmmakersLA, and the Oaxaca Film Fest. TIJUANA won "Best TV Pilot at the Chelsey Awards and was nominated for an Imagen Award.


Producer/Actor David ‘Blak’ Plascencia and Writer/Director/Producer Mary-Lyn Chambers teamed up to create TIJUANA in association with Mexican Producer Cynthia Bravo and Glix Entertainment. Instead of telling the story through the expected Hollywood lens, the filmmakers tell the story in Spanish, through the eyes of the residents of Tijuana. It remains a central goal of the creators to explore the rich and diverse culture during this period and to present a positive depiction of Tijuana and its people.


The cast includes the fiercely talented Ilana Guralnik, David ‘Blak’ Plascencia, Ruby Pedroza, Art Bonilla, Daniel Edward Mora, Matt Medrano, Martin Morales, Jaime Alvarez, Elena Rojas, Emily Brooks, Hayden James Farrel, Colombian Actress Maria-Laura Quintero, and renowned Mexican actor Enrique Castillo.


Behind the camera is award-winning Fiji-born, New Zealand writer/director/producer Mary-Lyn Chambers and her long-time Italian cinematographer Ludovica Isidori, and Mexican Producer Cynthia Bravo in a dynamic, female-led trio. In the true tradition of a Mary-Lyn Chambers film, women and minorities hold the majority of leadership roles.


TIJUANA the movie is the first step towards the development of the project for television and will be approaching the TV markets during 2021.


For information about TIJUANA and the creators' visit:


EMAIL: islandgirlfilms@gmail.com

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