Tri-City premiere of 'Cement Suitcase' planned March 22

By Dori O'Neal, Tri-City HeraldMarch 12, 2014 

Cement Suitcase will be shown at 7 p.m. March 22 at the Fairchild Cinema in Pasco.

Tickets are $10 and are available at the box office. The film, directed by J. Rick Castaeda, was filmed mostly in Benton County and has won five film awards at festivals in Washington, California, Oregon and Florida.

Castaneda, who grew up in Granger, will attend the Tri-City premiere.

"I'm really excited to be screening the movie in a theater in the Tri-Cities for the first time," Castaeda told the Herald. "There's something special about seeing your hometown on the big screen, and I'm glad that everyone from the Tri-Cities will finally get the chance."

The movie centers around a guy named Franklin, who happens to be the best wine salesman in the Yakima Valley. Trouble is, Franklin might be an excellent salesman, but his personal life sucks and he hates his job.

He's in love with a girl who is cheating on him and ends up renting a room in his home to the same guy who earlier broke into his house. And if that isn't pathetic enough, Franklin meets up with the guy his girlfriend is having an affair with and invites him out for a golf lesson and ends up liking the guy.

Dwayne Bartholomew plays Franklin, Kristina Guerrero plays his girlfriend, Shawn Parsons is the other guy, and Nathan Sapsford is the thief.

Guerrero, also from the Lower Valley, is now a correspondent for E! News.

"Kristina and I actually had a class together, when I was driving to Sunnyside High School to take an advanced course that Granger didn't offer," Castaeda said. "I was thrilled when Kristina told me she was interested in being in the film.

"Here she is in LA, interviewing Brad Pitt and Tom Hanks on the red carpet, and she comes back to Benton County to shoot a film with me."

-- Dori O'Neal: 582-1514;; Twitter: @dorioneal

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