Duo welcomes ‘Immigrant’

Filming has begun in Mexico

Hollywood-based producers Norman Dreyfuss (“Brick”) and Lorenzo O’Brian (“American Family”) are producing Mexican shorts helmer Patricia Riggen’s first feature from a script by Ligiah Villalobos, head writer of Nick Jr.’s “Go, Diego, Go.”

Pic, working title “Immigrant Boy,” follows a nine-year old Mexican boy’s journey to the U.S. to find his migrant mother in L.A. after the grandmother who is taking care of him dies.

Filming has begun in Mexico and is skedded to continue in L.A.

O’Brian is producing in L.A. and Gerrardo Berrara’s Creando Films is producing in Mexico. Dreyfuss and Villalobos are executive producing.

Film’s $2 million budget is funded by U.S. equity led by Dreyfuss and coin from Mexican film fund Fidecine.

Mexican TV and film thesp Kate Del Castillo, who will make her English-language pic debut this year with Kevin Kline in Marco Kreuzpaintner’s “Welcome to America,” plays the mother and Adrian Alonso (“The Legend of Zorro”) the boy.

Supporting cast includes includes America Ferrera (“The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants”) and Mexican comic Eugenio Derbez.

Riggen’s short “La Milpa” won the Mexican Ariel for short while docu “Family Portrait” won the Sundance Short Filmmaking Prize in 2005.