- Business Advocacy
It is a common Hollywood story. Young men and women hoping to make it big in the entertainment industry wait tables and tend bar until they get their big break. But that couldn’t happen in Alhambra. Could it?
The customers at the Diner on Main know that it can and did. For 15 years, aspiring Hollywood actor and writer William Wayne has tended bar in Alhambra. He started at Tony Romas and was there for five years. He has worked at the Diner for the past 10 years. All the while he was been crafting an original screen play and trying to scratch together enough money to get his movie made. He shared his dreams with his customers, many of whom became friends.
As he progressed in his project, the Diner on Main became Central Casting as his Alhambra friends found themselves acting in leading roles and as extras in the film. Others became part of his crew while learning the craft of film making.
The Diner became a film school for many local young people. Alhambra High School graduate Ana Maria Manso was the cinematographer while Alhambra resident Moses Navarro became a gaffer and lighting technician. Mr. Wayne trained other local residents in the use of sound equipment for the movie while he worked to raise money through crowd sourcing.
The result of the combined labor of Mr. Wayne and the Diner’s customers is a film titled Lost Angelas. It is a psychological thriller that explores the dark side of the movie business. It was filmed almost entirely in the San Gabriel Valley. Lost Angelas was entered in local film festivals and received awards and good reviews. It will have its opening weekend at The Laemmle Pasadena Playhouse 7 Theater Friday June 14. From there it will be shown in Seattle and Chicago. If it does well, then it is on to New York.
As for Mr. Wayne, the week after his movie’s premier he will be back on his regular shift at The Diner while working on his next film. His Hollywood story in Alhambra continues.