Better to Chase a Dream, Than Live Without One 


On June 13, Carlos Through the Tall Grass, a comedy about a first-gen, Latino high school  student, will make its World Premiere at Dances With Films festival in Hollywood. Written and  directed by Rick Dominguez and produced by Patti McCarthy, the film shares the story of  Carlos, a brilliant high schooler who is having a hard time deciding whether to go to college or  stay home to take care of his quirky family and friends who depend upon him.  

Carlos faces a dilemma familiar to Latino, first-gen students who carry the guilt of leaving their  friends and family behind. Carlos is a coming-of-age story about realizing you can’t get  anywhere new if you stick to the same familiar roads—sometimes your dreams are just out of  sight, waiting for you, beyond the tall grass. ( 

The film will be screened on Monday, June 13, 2022, at 9:15 pm PDT at the iconic TLC Chinese  Theatre, 6925 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028. The filmmakers will be present for a Q  & A afterward.  

WHO: Director/Writer: Rick Dominguez; Producer: Patti McCarthy

WHAT: 99-minute narrative feature, comedy, Carlos Through The Tall Grass

WHERE: TLC Chinese Theatre, 6925 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood CA 90028

WHEN: 9:15 pm PDT 

WHY: Relevant story about Latino, first-gen high school student facing fears/guilt of  going to college and leaving family and friends behind. Offers positive Latino  representation. Writer/Director and most cast and crew Latino. Shot entirely in  Whittier, CA. Whittier College faculty and student cast/crew. Black List script! 


Rick Dominguez 626-419-1180

Patti McCarthy 818-679-0501