Photo: Jenni Rivera in Filly Brown
The family of late great “Diva de la Banda” Jenni Rivera came to Mexico to present her first and final big screen project the “Filly Brown” movie.
“We are anxious to see the reaction of the Mexican people, who have given my sister so much and loved her so much,” said Juan Rivera her brother a well known performer in Mexico.
“Filly Brown” tells the story of Maria Jose ‘Majo’ Tonorio played by new comer Gina Rodriguez, a tough LA street poet. After meeting a talented DJ she cuts her first demo under the guidance of a small time hustler more interested in promoting Majo’s sexuality than her lyrics. Soon a major label and its strong-arm executive come calling. Convinced that a record deal will deliver much needed money for the family, Majo is suddenly faced with some stark choices.
Co-directed by Youssef Delara and Michael D. Olmos, “Filly Brown” opened in the U.S. in April and was well-received especially among fans of Rivera, who appears as the mother of Rodriguez’ character. The film also stars Edward James Olmos and Lou Diamond Phillips.
The singer’s family-authorized autobiography “Unbreakable” came out last week on what would be been her 44th birthday. In addition a tequila line was launched with plans for a Jenni Rivera jeans and jewelry line.
These are alll projects the Mexican-American entertainer was working on when her life was cut short in a plane crash last year.