SLOW JAM KING
Slow Jam King is an offbeat road comedy that
skews genre lines and racial iconography, combining the quirky characterizations
of Rushmore with the hip-hop sensibilities of Boyz N Da Hood, and the
countrified outrageousness of Oh Brother Where Art Thou?
of Asian Cinevision’s Emerging Director Award, SLOW JAM KING has
simultaneously entertained and defied definition, being described as
a “genuinely moving”, “weird-ass magnum opus”
that is “somewhat revolutionary in that there's nothing else out
there in the wide world of film quite like it.” SLOW JAM KING
marks the feature film debut by Steven E. Mallorca, who wrote, directed,
produced, photographed and edited the film, while also composing and
performing the majority of the film’s featured music.
Jam King enjoyed a slow steady burn with audience and critical appeal
that made it a cult hit. After a lengthy festical run culminating in
winning Asian Cinevision's Emerging Director Award, and a successful
theatrical release, Slow Jam King was picked up by Unitel
Pictures International, who distributed the Sundance hits Imelda,
Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros.
New York Times praised Slow Jam King as "Do-it-yourself making
at its purest... with spirited characters and high levels of comic energy."
JoJo Enriquez, a Filipino-American, poseur gangsta-pimp, thinks he hears his call to the streets and carjacks Vance, a mysterious traveling perfume salesman. In tow is Devaun, JoJo's best friend, who tries desperately to protect Vance from JoJo, and JoJo from the law. But no one is safe from JoJo's impulses, as the motley trio hits the road to Nashville, and slowly succumb to an escapist adventure that takes them further away from JoJo's reality, but closer to Vance's reality. When JoJo discovers the truth about his reluctant road companion, the trip takes a turn that leads the three of them to truth, love, and the dirty underbelly of the Nashville country music scene, where they encounter the militant Black country music star, Buck Garvey.
Slow Jam King is the ambitious feature film debut by Steven E. Mallorca,
who directed, wrote, produced, edited, and shot the film digitally.
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shooting of the film wasn't the only part of Slow Jam King that embraced
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FROM THE TRENCHES
raids! Fire Department scandals! Read about the backstories
behind Slow Jam King.
up on the people who made the film happen,
on both sides of the camera.