Luminaria kicks off ‘Spoken Word’

Production begins on Nunez project

Luminaria Films has launched production on the feature “Spoken Word” with Kuno Becker, Ruben Blades, Miguel Sandoval and Persia White starring.

Blades is taking a leave of absence from his post as minister of tourism in Panama, where he’s served for the past four years.

“Spoken Word” is directed by Victor Nunez, whose credits include “Coastlines,” “Ulee’s Gold” and “Ruby in Paradise.” Pic’s produced by Karen Koch (“Adaptation”) and Bill Conway (“Miami Vice”) for their newly launched Luminaria Films.

Screenplay, by Conway and Joe Ray Sandoval, is based on Sandoval’s poetry as a San Francisco spoken-word artist returning to New Mexico to be with his dying father, only to find he loses his “voice” as he is sucked back in to the dysfunctional life of drugs and violence he left behind.

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