Dave Boyle’s “Man from Reno” Now Playing in Theaters

The director's latest film is a bilingual and bicultural mystery-thriller set in and around San Francisco.

Winner of the 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival for Best Narrative Feature, Man from Reno is Dave Boyle’s latest film about a Japanese crime-genre novelist with relentless curiosity who attempts to unravel a real-life mystery. Aki Akahori (Ayako Fujitani) visits San Francisco to take a break from the paparazzi and life of fame in Japan and happens upon a handsome man at a bar. What ensues is a romantic and crime mystery that is engrossing until the very end. Along the way, Akahori teams up with Sheriff Paul Del Moral (Pepe Serna) through an investigative spiral that include animal smuggling and more.

Boyle’s earlier feature films include Surrogate Valentine and Daylight Savings, featuring musician Goh Nakamura.

The Los Angeles Times describes Man from Reno as continuing “the cross-cultural explorations from Boyle’s earlier films, mixing a strong sense of character and place with a newfound feel for plotting, structure and building senses of suspense, excitement and surprise.”

Man from Reno is now playing in theaters. See the full list below and check out the film’s website for more information.



March 27 – New York, NY – E-Walk Stadium 13 & RPX

March 27 – Los Angeles, CA – Laemmle’s Playhouse 7

March 27 – West Los Angeles, CA – Laemmle’s Royal

March 27 – Philadelphia, PA – The Roxy Theatre

April 3 – Torrance, CA – AMC Rolling Hills 20

April 3 – Irvine, CA – Edwards University Town Center 6

April 10 – San Francisco, CA – Sundance Kabuki Theatre

April 17 – Washington D.C. – Angelika Theatre

April 17 – Chicago – Facets

April 17 – Portland, OR – Regal Fox Tower 10

April 24 – Honolulu, HI – Kahala 8

April 24 – San Diego, CA – Digital Gym

April 30 – Seattle, WA – Northwest Film Forum

May 1 – Lowell, MA – The Luna Theatre

May 8 –  Amherst, NY – The Screening Room

May 22 – Columbus, OH – Gateway Film Center


About Director/Writer Dave Boyle  

Dave Boyle made his feature film debut in 2006 with the bilingual comedy Big Dreams Little Tokyo. Telling the story of wannabe-Japanese businessman Boyd Wilson (played by Boyle) and his sumo wrestler pal, the low-budget film won accolades for its deft portrayal of culture in an increasingly global world. Upon release on DVD, Home Media Magazine as “brazenly original and intelligent hailed the film. Boyle’s second feature White on Rice premiered at the 2009 San Francisco International Asian American Festival as an Opening Night Selection, followed by a theatrical release across the country via Variance Films and Boyle’s own label Tiger Industry Films. Starring Hiroshi Watanabe (Letters from Iwo Jima) as a love struck divorcee, the film was described by the San Francisco Chronicle as “a cinematic milestone.” The film subsequently premiered in Japan in 2010 to critical acclaim. Boyle’s next comedy Surrogate Valentine had a world premiere at the 2011 South By Southwest Film Festival (SXSW) in Austin. Surrogate Valentine also won the Grand Jury Prize at the San Diego Asian Film Festival, a Special Jury Prize at the Dallas Film Festival, and the Audience Award at the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival.  The film was picked up for digital distribution by Warner Bros. and spawned the sequel Daylight Savings that was also invited to premiere at South By Southwest 2012.  Both are currently available on VOD and streaming services.