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.”
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.