Basking in the success of its production service involvement in Netflix’s mega hit “Narcos,” Univision’s “El Chapo” and Doug Liman’s Tom Cruise-starrer “American Made,” Colombia’s powerhouse production company Dynamo,is melding digital and traditional media in its upcoming feature film production, “Rock ’n Cola.”
Sony Pictures Int’l Prods. will distribute the comedy in the U.S. and Latin America with Sony’s Diego Suarez and Raymundo Diaz overseeing the project.
The comedy, now in post, taps the talent of wildly popular YouTube channel, Enchufe TV, which boasts more than 22 million subscribers. Written and directed by Jorge Ulloa of Touche Films, a co-founder and executive producer of Enchufe TV, the comedy stars a pan-Latin American cast comprised of Enchufe’s Raul Santana and Nataly Valencia, Mexican thesp Mariana Trevino, Peruvian stand-up comedian and actor Carlos Alcantara and Colombian thesp Biassini Segura. Top YouTubers of the region, Fernanfloo (El Salvador), Mox (Peru), Werevertumarro, Yosstop and Luisito Comunica of Mexico, and Colombia’s Kika Nieto are making cameo appearances.
In the movie co-produced by Touche Films, a band of four misfits, led by a lovesick 21-year old geek, seek to win some serious prize money by entering a Battle of the Bands music video competition. The only problem is that none of them are any good at playing music.
Dynamo is also in production with crime thriller “Los Fierro” that “explores with visceral poignancy the tragic connection between blood ties and fate.” The drama follows a man, recently released from serving a seven-year sentence, who gets caught in the web of his younger brother’s dealings with a loan shark. A co-production with Caracol TV and Pando Productions, “Los Fierro” is the feature debut of rising star Pablo Gonzalez-Zafra, who has a number of award-winning shorts to his name.
Dynamo is developing a handful of TV series, two to shoot in Spain, another two in Colombia and one in Mexico aside from at least two feature films. “With these projects, we are consolidating our presence in Colombia, Spain and Mexico,” said Dynamo CEO Andres Calderón, who is based in New York.
Founded in 2006, Dynamo has produced more than 30 feature films and a growing number of television series. Aside from its mainstream films, Dynamo’s most recent arthouse fare is Jaime Osorio’s suspense thriller “Siete Cabezas” in co-production with Caracol TV, Diana Bustamante’s Burning Blue and Rhayuela Cine.
It has also delved into a little-explored genre in Latin America: Sci fi dramas. Among them: “Monos” by Alejandro Landes, and Hatem Khraiche’s “Orbita 9,” in co-production with Spain’s Cactus Flower and Movistar +.
Since providing production services to “The 33,” the first international project to tap Colombia’s 40% cash rebate, Dynamo has lent its services to other high-profile projects, led by “Loving Pablo,” starring Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz, and Claudio Fah’s “Sniper: Ultimate Kill,” toplined by Billy Zane and Tom Berenger.