West Coast Story
2 Gangs. 2 Families. 1 Truth.
In this modern-day version of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, West Coast Story movingly explores the family conflicts, racial hatreds and gang loyalties that torment the lovers as they flee from the police and struggle to honorably resolve their plight.
Set and filmed in San Francisco, West Coast Story tells the story of love and loss as two cultures collide in a changing section of The City.
Troy, a member of the White Knights, begins to have doubts about being part of his gang after a rival gang leader is killed. His doubts intensify when he meets Julie, the sister of the Asian gang leader.
As the star-crossed lovers struggle to escape the reach of the gangs, their families and neighborhood ties draw them back to their roots -- and away from each other.
Cast & Credits
Terry Wayne (The Violent Kind)
Ava Mendoza (Book of Rules/Atypical)
West Liang (Crossing Over)
Feodor Chin (Lost Boy)
Robert Wu (Ted)
Written, Produced, Edited & Directed by Phil Gorn (Enter The Fire)
Producer: Phil Gorn & Samuel Sheng
Director of Photography: Gary Rohan (Gibby)
Music by Misheguna
Festivals & Awards
Feature Film Winner: Telluride IndieFest
Grand Festival Winner: Berkeley Video & Film Festival
Official Selection: Bangkok International Film Festival
"This modern day Romeo and Juliet is beautifully shot and resonates nicely with the classic Shakespeare narrative. Original and satisfyingly unpredictable."
- East Bay Express (Berkeley, California)
“The storyline is a proven pleaser. A better comparison is with the action of ‘West Side Story’ than the poesy of Shakespeare: director Phil Gorn shows a knack for fight scenes, tense stand-off staring, and a tame but neatly executed love-making sequence.”
- Peter Crimmins - Berkeley Daily Planet