Director / writer / producer Daniel Brown’s riveting feature film debut, YOUR LUCK DAY takes viewers into the dark soul of humanity and the greedy perversion of the American Dream, winning the lottery. With Christmas cheer in the air, six strangers have converged at a convenience store: a struggling store owner, an overbearing wealthy man, a luckless criminal, an expectant couple, and a trigger happy rookie cop. Together, they witness the wealthy man discover that he is holding a lottery ticket worth $156 million dollars. At gunpoint the criminal demands the winning ticket. The cop tries to stop the robbery, he shoots first — accidentally killing the wealthy man. In the ensuing confusion, the criminal takes out the cop. The criminal persuades the group to join him in a pact. Money for a cover-up. But they have failed to notice that the cop is still alive. The cop contacts his father, himself an ex-cop, who enlists his former partners, to help save his son and steal the winning ticket for themselves. A showdown is coming. Who will survive? And how far will all of them go to become a millionaire? Director Daniel Brown and Actor Jessica Garza Penny Dreadful: City of Angels) join us for a conversation on how this complex plot and merciless character study came together for Brown’s first feature length film. And how Garza prepared herself for her character’s wild ride through this brutishly relentless and bloody tale.
About the filmmaker – Based in Seattle, Daniel Brown is an Emmy-nominated director, writer and storyteller. He has cultivated an eclectic approach, drawing inspiration from film, literature, illustration, animation and music. His art film Color TV, No Vacancy, described as, “Disney meets David Lynch” by Vice, received impressive critical buzz. Dan boasts multiple short film awards, and has won acclaim for his music videos for prominent artists such as ODESZA, Portugal. the Man and Jon Bellion. When released online, his short film Your Lucky Day amassed over a million views in a matter of days. Your Lucky Day is Daniel’s feature film debut.
About the actor – Jessica Garza (Ana Marlene): JESSICA GARZA is best known in her role as ‘Josephina Vega’ in Showtime’s star-studded series, PENNY DREADFUL: CITY OF ANGELS, where she was seen alongside Nathan Lane, Natalie Dormer, Daniel Zovatto and Rory Kinnear. Previously, she starred in the television adaptation of the hugely successful feature Franchise, THE Purge, for USA. Originally from Texas, Jessica’s career launched from her role in the highly acclaimed series, SIX, which starred Walton Goggins and Juan Pablo Raba and was based on the historical ‘Seal Team Six.’ Her other credits include CBS’s PURE GENIUS and CBS’s SUPERGIRL. Jessica currently resides in NYC.
“Complex and confronting, Your Lucky Day highlights the downfall of the American dream and system beautifully. A solid script and some excellent elements of suspense ensure that this is one Christmas you won’t forget in a hurry.” – Kat Hughes, THN
“It’s a twisty, thrilling, unbearably tense rollercoaster ride that’s difficult to predict and keeps you on the edge of your seat. For those who enjoy a bit more depth to their action-packed thrills, Brown’s compelling script offers plenty of that, too.” – Stephanie Malone, Morbidly Beautiful
“Brown uses it to craft an intense siege thriller filled with characters making surprising choices and moral concessions. Anchored by Garza’s charismatic, primal turn, Your Lucky Day makes for an impressive debut that’ll leave you on edge.” – Meagan Navarro, Bloody Disgusting
“Writer-director Daniel Brown’s crime drama is deceptively simple with a beer case’s worth of twists, most of which are unpredictable but make perfect character sense as they unfold.” – Bob Strauss, San Francisco Chronicle