'American Wrestler' winningly combines sports drama with immigrant saga It might not add any fresh moves to the inspirational sports movie playbook, but the nicely crafted “American Wrestler: The Wizard,” about a teen who escapes from post-revolution Iran only to face hostile discrimination in Northern California circa 1980, possesses a potent timeliness

'American Wrestler' winningly combines sports drama with immigrant saga

It might not add any fresh moves to the inspirational sports movie playbook, but the nicely crafted “American Wrestler: The Wizard,” about a teen who escapes from post-revolution Iran only to face hostile discrimination in Northern California circa 1980, possesses a potent timeliness

'The Dog Lover' film review An investigative drama reveals the hidden world of dog breeding, giving compassionate roles to James Remar and Lea Thompson.

'The Dog Lover' film review

An investigative drama reveals the hidden world of dog breeding, giving compassionate roles to James Remar and Lea Thompson.

American Wrestler: The Wizard - CBS 2 KTVU Interview Ali Afshar and George Kosturos are interviewed on the set of 'American Wrestler: The Wizard' in Petaluma, CA.  

American Wrestler: The Wizard - CBS 2 KTVU Interview

Ali Afshar and George Kosturos are interviewed on the set of 'American Wrestler: The Wizard' in Petaluma, CA.

 

Forrest Lucas, Ali Afshar Launching Production Company Forrest Lucas, founder and owner of Lucas Oil Products, has teamed with actor-producer Ali Afshar to launch the production company ESX Entertainment. The new company is touting itself as having the ability to develop, package, finance and produce a slate of inspirational films with commercial appeal.

Forrest Lucas, Ali Afshar Launching Production Company

Forrest Lucas, founder and owner of Lucas Oil Products, has teamed with actor-producer Ali Afshar to launch the production company ESX Entertainment.

The new company is touting itself as having the ability to develop, package, finance and produce a slate of inspirational films with commercial appeal.

American Kennel Club: The Dog Lover Review At long last, a compelling and dramatic new dog movie is coming out. 'The Dog Lover' opens in select theatres nationwide and on Video on Demand from Sony Home Entertainment on July 8. If you love dogs you need to see this film.

American Kennel Club: The Dog Lover Review

At long last, a compelling and dramatic new dog movie is coming out. 'The Dog Lover' opens in select theatres nationwide and on Video on Demand from Sony Home Entertainment on July 8. If you love dogs you need to see this film.

'The Dog Lover' Premiere! The stars were out for the premiere of 'The Dog Lover' at the Chinese Hollywood Theatre. Check out the video from the carpet! 

'The Dog Lover' Premiere!

The stars were out for the premiere of 'The Dog Lover' at the Chinese Hollywood Theatre. Check out the video from the carpet! 

Bringing Hollywood Home Petaluma has served as the backdrop for numerous major motion pictures in the film industry, with its rolling green hills and provincial charm that is the quintessential small-town America — and that film location tradition continues.  Petaluma native Ali Afshar has brought himself, his film crew and his team of actors to Sonoma County this month to film his new production, “American Wrestler: The Wizard.”

Bringing Hollywood Home

Petaluma has served as the backdrop for numerous major motion pictures in the film industry, with its rolling green hills and provincial charm that is the quintessential small-town America — and that film location tradition continues. 

Petaluma native Ali Afshar has brought himself, his film crew and his team of actors to Sonoma County this month to film his new production, “American Wrestler: The Wizard.”

'The Dog Lover'' Filming Actress Lea Thompson, center, embraces her co-stars after wrapping up filming for 'The Dog Lover' during filming at city hall in Petaluma, CA

'The Dog Lover'' Filming

Actress Lea Thompson, center, embraces her co-stars after wrapping up filming for 'The Dog Lover' during filming at city hall in Petaluma, CA

Petaluma Native Filming His New Movie In His Hometown “I’m very happy to be able to bring my work back to my home town of Petaluma,” said Afshar, who is executive producer on the film, which stars James Remar (Django Unchained, “Dexter”), Lea Thompson (Back to the Future, “Caroline in the City”), Sherry Stringfield (“ER”, “Under the Dome”), Jayson Blair (“The New Normal”) and Allison Paige (“Days of Our Lives”)..

Petaluma Native Filming His New Movie In His Hometown

“I’m very happy to be able to bring my work back to my home town of Petaluma,” said Afshar, who is executive producer on the film, which stars James Remar (Django Unchained, “Dexter”), Lea Thompson (Back to the Future, “Caroline in the City”), Sherry Stringfield (“ER”, “Under the Dome”), Jayson Blair (“The New Normal”) and Allison Paige (“Days of Our Lives”)..