Magic City Memoirs

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Magic City Memoirs
Directed by Aaron J. Salgado
Produced by Aaron J. Salgado
Andy García
Jonathan E. Zorrilla
Jose Daniel Freixas
Juan Villarreal
Leom Kolmnela
Michael Cardelle
Michelle Poole
Nate Parker
Seth D. Miller
Written by Aaron J. Salgado
Story by Aaron J. Salgado
Jose Daniel Freixas
Starring Natalie Martinez
Dominik Garcia-Lorido
Nestor Serrano
Julio Oscar Mechoso
J.R. Villarreal
Michael Cardelle
Cinematography Gustavo Penna
Edited by Aaron J. Salgado
Jokes Yanes
3-Star Entertainment
Cinderbugz Productions
CineSon Entertainment
Country United States
Language English

Magic City Memoirs is a 2015 American coming of age drama film directed by Aaron J. Salgado, and stars Natalie Martinez, Dominik Garcia-Lorido, Nestor Serrano, Julio Oscar Mechoso, J.R. Villarreal and Michael Cardelle. The film is based on the true stories from Salgado's adolescence.

The film takes place in Miami, Florida, and follows the story of three lifelong friends, from very different backgrounds, who are on the verge of high school graduation who indulge in reckless behavior that finds them on the brink of either their graduation or their mortality.


Magic City Memoirs follows the lives of three lifelong friends: Mikey Acosta, Angel and Stok. Mikey Acosta is a star high school baseball prospect, while Angel is a whiz of a student as well as the son of a prominent Miami politician. Stok is the son of an incarcerated drug lord. These three best friends attempt to navigate through their senior year amongst the pressures and temptations of the city.[1]


The cast of Cast of Magic City Memoirs at the World Premiere of the film at the 2011 Miami International Film Festival. From left: Michael Francis Cardelle, Andres Dominguez, Andy Garcia, Dominik Garcia-Lorido, JR Villarreal, Natalie Martinez


The film premiered at the Miami International Film Festival,[2] where it won the Pursuit of Perfection Award.[3][4] It was also featured in the Ibiza International Film Festival and the New York International Latino Film Festival.[5]

The film was released on Netflix on November 1, 2015.


List of awards and nominations[6]
Award Category Recipients and nominees Result
Miami International Film Festival Pursuit of Perfection Award Aaron J. Salgado
Andy García


  1. ^ "Pelicula Spotlight: Magic City Memoirs". NocheLatina. 29 September 2011. Retrieved 19 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "Haute Event: World Premiere of Magic City Memoirs at Miami International Film Festival". Haute Living. 9 March 2011. Retrieved 19 October 2014. 
  3. ^ "The 28th Annual Miami International Film Festival Honors the Best Selections in World and Florida Cinema at Annual Awards Night Ceremony" (PDF). Miami Film Festival. 12 March 2011. Retrieved 19 October 2014. 
  4. ^ "Magic City Memoirs (2011) Awards". IMDB. Retrieved 19 October 2014. 
  5. ^ "Magic City Memoirs (2015) Release Info". IMDB. Retrieved 19 October 2014. 
  6. ^ In Spanish-Publish on 29-05-2011 22:08, retrieved on March 1, 2016. Author: Laura Ferrer Arambarri

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