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Journey Of A Female Comic will be on limited release at AMC Theatres® in time for Cinco De Mayo 2014

“Journey of a Female Comic” – a Documentary Comedy starring Latino comedienne, Kiki Melendez, will be released through AMC Theatres’ AMC Independent program Los Angeles and San Diego on May 2nd, 2014 with other markets to follow. The date will also see the release of Richard Montoya’s directorial debut “Water & Power”, starring Enrique Murciano, Nicholas Gonzalez and Emilio Rivera. The release of both films will be a historical accomplishment for Latino filmmakers just in time for the Cinco de Mayo weekend.

An actress, writer, producer, TV personality and trailblazing ffemalecomicigure, Melendez is best known for creating Galavision’s #1 entertainment show in 2000 “Kiki Desde Hollywood, and Showtime Network’s hit show, Hot Tamales Live! in 2008, which is now on HULU. She was also named an American Latino Pioneer in Entertainment among many other awards in the same field.

“Journey of a Female Comic” is an inspirational film for people of all races, genders, and backgrounds. It centers on Melendez’s life growing up in the Dominican Republic, being raised by a single mother, the challenges she faced pursuing the American Dream in the U.S. and the numerous achievements that have captured the imagination and admiration of her well-established fan base. Never forgetting or denying her humble beginnings, Melendez has drawn inspiration from multiple figures in her life, especially her mother to whom she dedicates her success.

“This film is hilarious, heartfelt and honest,” says Melendez. “Although I’ve had many setbacks in Hollywood, I’ve been living the American Dream, while staying true to my roots. Anyone who has a dream will relate to this film and be inspired by it. This film will show you how you have to follow your heart, but take your brain with you, by producing your own content.”

In 1996, Melendez became one of the first female morning-Latina leads in Los Angeles radio, becoming the longest running all-female comedy show, The Hot Tamales Live! The show created a new brand – for women in comedy – and we see her evolve as a producer while she attempts to create Spanish-language stand-up comedy as an organized circuit in America.

The feature began as an experimental short film, which premiered at the DR Global International Film Festival. It also opened at Miami’s Hispanicize Film Showcase and The Broadway International Film Festival in 2012, where it represented the U.S. and won “Best Documentary”.

AMC’s Independent program added the 88-minute version to its slate following an enthusiastic reception at test screenings.

“JOURNEY OF A FEMALE COMIC fits perfectly within our AMC Independent programming initiative, which opens our screens to movies that resonate with our diverse audiences,” said Nikkole Denson-Randolph, vice president of alternative content at AMC. “Kiki Melendez’s story is honest and entertaining, and will connect with many of our guests.

“Journey of a Female Comic” also features other Latino trailblazers in Hollywood. Including interviews with Edward James Olmos, Jacob Vargas, Esai Morales, Nadine Velazquez, the late Lupe Ontiveros, Maria Conchita Alonso and Guy Ecker. Melendez also has lively conversations with international stars including Aaron Spelling, Usher, Sofia Vergara, Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, John Travolta, Shakira and March Anthony.

The Journey of A Female Comic is produced by Latin Hollywood Films In Association with Lions Kill Productions. Also, Produced and Directed by Erick Crespo and Kiki Melendez. Written by Lynn Marie McCullough and Kiki Melendez, Executive Producers David Albert Pierce, Mark Ford, Paul Lawrence, Gloria Ortiz, Vickie Leyva, Mike Levy and Jeru Tillman.

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