(Mexico City--December 18, 2014) Production wrapped today in Mexico City on Dos Corazones Films’ much anticipated animated feature “Max & Me.”
The film recounts the true story of the Polish priest, Maximilian Kolbe, and the incredible challenges he faced during the Nazi invasion of Poland in World War II. Kolbe seeks to protect Jews and is punished and then makes the ultimate sacrifice inside of a concentration camp. The story unfolds through a modern encounter of an older man, Gunter, with a young rebel, DJ, and utilizes the story of Father Max, to teach DJ that there is no greater love than when someone gives one’s life for a friend.
“Max & Me” was written by Bruce Morris and features a voice cast of David Henrie (“Wizards of Waverly Place,” “How I Met your Mother”), Ashley Greene (“The Twilight Saga”), Neal McDonough (“Minority Report,” “Captain America: The First Avenger”), and Hector Elizondo (“Pretty Woman” “The Princess Diaries”).
Donovan Cook as the chief animation consultant and worked closely with animation company Imagica, run by Patricia García Peña and Gregorio Núñez.
“Max & Me” was developed, financed and produced by Dos Corazones Films, the independent production and finance outfit led by producer Pablo José Barroso and Claudia Nemer.
The company plans to introduce the film to distributors for the first time at the European Film Market (EFM) in Berlin in February.
Producers are eyeing a July 2016 release date to coincide with World Youth Day.
About Dos Corazones Films
Headquartered in Mexico City, Dos Corazones is a film and television production company dedicated to making high-end commercial films and TV series (English language) with positive messaging for a worldwide audience. Pablo José Barroso runs the company as CEO, with producing collaborator Claudia Nemer serving as COO.
With a mandate to serve as a top-tier supplier of mainstream projects for the studios, networks, digital platforms and major independent distributors worldwide, Dos Corazones develops/finances/produces two to four films a year and plans to do one to two television series as well.
Dos Corazones’ single-picture investments in movies range from $10 million to $50 million, depending on the project, while television investments hover in the $5 - $10 million range.
Devoted to fostering an artist-friendly environment for top filmmakers, show runners and talent, the company focused on making films and TV series with positive messages and family values, but is not beholden to ratings and will greenlight projects rated anywhere from G to R as long as these values are represented and meaningful.
Barroso and Nemer are experienced producers who have had significant success in the film arena. Prior to forming Dos Corazones, Barroso produced several films including the well-received epic movie “For Greater Glory: The True Story of Cristiada,” starring Andy Garcia and Oscar Isaac, which opened atop the Mexican box office and crossed over successfully at the US box office.
In 2008 Barroso produced a faith based animated film “The Greatest Miracle,” which was the first 100% animated 3D movie produced in México and opened as the third highest grossing film in Mexico its opening weekend, ahead of such studio blockbusters as “Moneyball” and “Tree of Life.”
A highly successful businessman in Mexico, Barroso entered the film industry in 2005 with a mission to deliver messages through films that have family values as their essence. His first films were “Guadalupe,” which was released in 2006 in both Mexico and the United States; “Karol”, a biography of Pope John Paul II’; and “Cascia.” All were released theatrically.