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Once the screenplay was finished, it was time to let the studios figure out why they needed to say no. They did their job, but Schwartz persisted and eventually found a home for the project at IPW, an independent production company. IPW landed Miller and Savin; Bill Pullman, Alan Rickman, and Dennis Farina signed on, and hey presto, Schwartz and Pabon needed something they could wear to Sundance.

A few days before heading to Utah, they got their first look at the finished product. “I guess this happens a lot with Sundance,” said Schwartz. “You’re working on the film up until the last second. It’s a very funny story — which we intended — and I think Randy Miller captured the tone of what we wanted. He nailed it.” Added Pabon, “It was exactly how I had envisioned telling the story. I knew the ending, and I was still rooting for them. It had a really good emotional component that drew you in. It told the immigrant story, the Gustavo story. It accomplished all the things I had envisioned in the very beginning.”

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