Esteban Arango's blazing debut feature BLAST BEAT cracks open a sibling rivalry in an isolating time predating social media. Real-life brothers Mateo Arias (The Samuel Project) and Moises Arias (Monos), bring honesty and brazenness to this energetic, metal-fuelled coming-of-age story that unapologetically confronts the reality of growing up between cultures. BLAST BEAT is available to Download & Keep and to Rent on Digital on May 24 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
Chosen to screen at Sundance, the film also stars Daniel Dae Kim (Insurgent), Ashley Jackson (Beats), Diane Guerrero (TV's Orange is the New Black) and Wilmer Valderrama (TV's Grey’s Anatomy) and is written by Erick Castrillon and Esteban Arango.
On the cusp of the year 2000, Colombian brothers Carly (Mateo Arias) and Mateo (Moises Arias) prepare to move to the United States for their last years of high school. Metalhead Carly has his heart set on attending the Georgia Aerospace Institute and working for NASA, while his supportive parents (Diane Guerrero and Wilmer Valderrama) seize the chance to escape the political turmoil in Colombia and chase the American Dream. At first, Mateo is the only one to express any cynicism, but when the reality of their new life sinks in, the family struggles to adapt as their expectations are shattered. When events threaten to derail their future, Carly's dream becomes his only lifeline.