Star Maps (film)

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Star Maps
Directed by Miguel Arteta
Produced by Matthew Greenfield
Written by Miguel Arteta
Matthew Greenfield
Starring Douglas Spain
Efrain Figueroa
Kandeyce Jorden
Martha Veléz
Robin Thomas
Zak Penn
Cinematography Chuy Chavez
Edited by Jeff Betancourt
Tom McArdle
Tony Selzer
Distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures
Release dates
  • 1997 (1997)
Running time
86 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Star Maps (1997) is the directorial debut of Miguel Arteta that was first presented at the Sundance Film Festival. It was a critical hit, receiving five Independent Spirit Award nominations, including Best First Feature and Best First Screenplay.[1]


This allegorical tale concerns the gap that exists between East and West Los Angeles as Latino kids try to pursue the American Dream. After five years of living in Mexico, an 18-year-old youth returns to Los Angeles with aspirations of becoming a movie star. At the urging of his father, a pimp who sells maps to stars' homes as a cover, the young man turns to hustling as a way to meet Hollywood insiders.[2] Things start to look up when he hooks up with the producer of the popular daytime soap opera Carmel County. However his overbearing father and his mentally unstable mother threaten to get in the way of his dreams.


  • Douglas Spain... Carlos Amado
  • Efrain Figueroa... Pepe Amato
  • Kandeyce Jorden... Jennifer Upland
  • Lysa Flores... Maria Amato
  • Annette Murphy... Letti
  • Martha Veléz... Teressa Amato
  • Robin Thomas... Martin
  • Vincent Chandler... Juancito Amato
  • Al Vincente... Fred Marin
  • Zak Penn... Carmel County Writer
  • Mike White... Carmel County Writer
  • Michael Peña... Star Map Boy


  1. ^ Axmaker, Sean (August 14, 2002). "Indie-minded director of 'Chuck and Buck' makes 'Good'". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. 
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