Based on a true story, Down for Life depicts a single, fateful day in the life of a 15-year-old Latina gang leader, Rascal. Leaving the gang, she discovers, is more difficult than joining. Rascal’s story is further complicated by racial tensions between her Latina gang and a rival black girl gang. The film was shot on location in South-Central Los Angeles and stars local youths in the lead roles. The film presents a raw, authentic look at a young teenager’s life in the ghetto. It presents an unflinching view into a world most of us know little about.
The film was written and directed by Alan Jacobs and featured special appearances by Snoop Dogg and Danny Glover. It received critical acclaim and was screened as an official selection at the Toronto International Film Festival. To learn more about the film, see the official website and watch the trailer below.
Chicano rap artist “Lil Rob” created the song Por Vida for the film. Alan Jacobs directed the music video for Por Vida, and the music video has now been viewed online more than one million times. The video even features some footage from the movie itself. Click here to watch the music video.
American Gun is written and directed by Alan Jacobs featuring Virginia Madsen and starring James Coburn in his final performance.The film tells the story of Martin Tillman (Coburn), a World War II veteran on a cross-country journey to trace the origin of the gun used to kill his daughter Penny (Madsen) and find his estranged granddaughter.
Just One Night is a comedy film Written and Directed by Alan Jacobs. The film tells the story of Professor Isaac Balter. En route to his wedding, Isaac stops over in San Francisco for one night and falls in love with another beautiful woman, Aurora. In his twenty-four hour wild ride, he encounters Aurora’s snobbish European husband, a student/call girl, and a kind-hearted hustler. The film features Timothy Hutton and Udo Kier.
Sinbad: Beyond the Veil of Mists tells the story of Sinbad, who discovers a mysterious island ruled by King Akron and his daughter, Princess Serena. Serena is on her voyage beyond the “Veil of Mists.” Serena seeks the help of Sinbad and his crew as they set out in search of the magic potion to save King Akron from the evil clutches of the mysterious sorcerer Baraka. Sinbad: Beyond the Veil of Mists is the first feature-length CGI film created exclusively using motion capture. The film was Co-Directed by Alan Jacobs and featured the voices of Brendan Fraser, Leonard Nimoy, John Rhys-Davies, and Mark Hamill.
Directed and Written by Alan Jacobs, Nina Takes a Lover is a surprisingly romantic comedy that combines marriage, passion and adultery in a lover’s triangle that can’t be resisted. Laura San Giacomo stars as Nina, a woman deeply in love with her husband despite his infidelity and frequent absences. But when he leaves town and Nina’s best friend borrows her apartment for an extramarital tryst, Nina starts to reconsider her own ideas about love. Reluctantly, she enters into an affair with a handsome stranger. Just when you think you understand Nina’s change of heart, an astonishing secret reveals her true love. The film stars Laura San Giacomo, Paul Rhys, Michael O’Keefe, Cristi Conway and Fisher Stevens. The film was an official selection at the Toronto International Film Festival as well as the Sundance Film Festival.