"L.A. Superheroes: Illegal in Hollywood" a New Film by Yelena Popovic and Alexandros Potter

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On June 21, 2013 "L.A. Superheroes: Illegal in Hollywood," a new film by Yelena Popovic, will open at the Laemmle NoHo and in select AMC theatres in Los Angeles. This dramatic comedy was written, produced, co-directed and stars Yelena Popovic. L.A. Superheroes is a collection of real-life stories, witnessed firsthand, by the struggling artists that would go on to put this project together.

BY YELENA POPOVIC

Shortly before we started to shoot ‘LA Superheroes’ my father, who I hadn’t seen for ten years, passed away. Since I didn’t have my green card yet, I couldn’t go to his funeral. It is just a sad immigrantstory that so many of us immigrants share.

Life in L.A. can be brutally difficult, especially if you are insistent on not “selling out”; and if you are an immigrant, things can get really complicated. Yelena is struggling to get by as an aging actress/model and immigrant, in a tough-as-nails business. When she is forced to operate outside the law to obtain her green card, she is faced with the consequences and realizes that the thing she values even more than her career is her integrity. Her only true friend in the city is Auto, a misfit pizza guy/musician, who steps up possibly risking his own life, without expecting anything in return. In the end Yelena discovers that true L.A. Superheroes aren’t necessarily the most powerful and definitely aren’t manufactured on a sound stage.

“I was a model who had very promising carrier ahead but couldn’t quite utilize it fully due to immigration problems that haunted me for almost twenty years,” says Popovic. “Not being able to travel outside of the US for ten years made the business of acting and modeling even more difficult and impossible.” During the time she was a student at Playhouse West, Popovic wrote a script inspired by Greta Garbo, whom many had told her she resembled. Mark Rydell was set to direct it and Al Pacino was interested in portraying Louis B. Mayer, however Rydell insisted that he wouldn’t direct it unless there was a big name attached to the role of Garbo. Popovic turned down their offer and tried to raise the money on her own. After realizing a big budget movie wasn’t going to be the right vehicle for her as an actor, she began writing about her own experiences in Hollywood as a struggling model and illegal immigrant. “This movie is a labor of love, and most importantly we didn’t have to wait for anyone.

"Things happened organically and anyone who is an actor, director, musician or a writer in this town knows that you can wait for ‘the phone call’ or ‘the money’ for a lifetime and most of the time it doesn’t happen. The good news is, nowadays one can do it by yourself.” Alex Zisiades, who composed the music for the film, also contributed to the script and the character of Auto is based on him. “Shortly before we started to shoot ‘LA Superheroes’ my father, to whom this film is dedicated, who I hadn’t seen for ten years, passed away," says Popovic. “Since I didn’t have my green card yet, I couldn’t go to his funeral. It is just a sad immigrant story that so many of us immigrants share. “

Yelena Popovic & Alexandros Potter founded Simeon Entertainment in 2008 with the intention of developing, producing and distributing feature films. Today, Simeon Entertainment is proud to be theatrically distributing L.A. SUPERHEROES, a feature film, which they developed, directed, pro-duced and fully financed.

***A percentage of the revenue from L.A. Superheroes will go to help struggling immigrants through St. James ETC and CHIRLA.

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