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Late in Life Productions is proud to announce its partnership with "Bantay Bata", a child welfare program in the Philippines that not only rescues and rehabilitates sick and abused children, but also provides shelter, therapy and quality home care for rescued children until they can be reunited with their families or referred to proper child-caring agencies. The movie and the organization share the same vision of providing hopes, dreams, and opportunities to children that were left with no choice but to face insurmountable challenges in life. Part of the proceeds of "Tall as Trees" will go towards this amazing organization.

Tall as Trees

In the teeming streets of Manila, a young American boy gets lost in the world of its street children but finds vivid beauty that thrives when one knows where to look.  Through newfound friends, the love of his father, and the help of an angel, Jude finds a way to grow amid the chaos and color, the violence and freedom of a life in the streets.

Jude (introducing Carlo Lacana), an 8-yr old Amerasian boy, leads a life of privilege on the island of Palawan in the Philippines.  Jude’s father, William (Brent David Fraser), a Caucasian American Boeing employee assigned to the Philippines, receives a promotion and leaves for Seattle, expecting Jude and his mother, Maria (Chin-Chin Gutierrez), to follow soon.  Both Jude and Maria are hesitant to leave their home island but the strength of family spurs them on to a new life, to be reunited with William in America.  En route to Seattle, Jude and Maria stop in Manila to obtain the final papers needed for immigration from the US Embassy there.  A violent typhoon floods the streets of Manila and separates Jude from his mother, changing his life forever.  Alone, hungry and disconsolate on the streets of Manila, Jude runs into Bhotong (Pierro Rodriguez III), a violent street kid who demands a price for being in his territory.  When he seeks help from Amador (Monsour Del Rosario), a crooked cop, Jude quickly learns he must be wary and trust no one.

After an apparition of the Archangel St. Michael delivers Jude from the malevolent ‘Kapre?(Philippine bogeyman) of dreams and children’s stories, Jude meets Shutoy (Alejandro Quiban Jr.) and an unlikely but unbreakable bond of friendship forms.  Shutoy, a street-smart boy, shows Jude not only how to survive on the streets but how to love life there.  Soon, Jude and Shutoy meet Mira (Apple Domingo), a young girl who teaches both boys how to find beauty even when it seems there is none.  Through his friends, Jude learns the art of cunning and endeavors to make enough money to find his way home to his father in America.  William searches desperately for Jude but cruel twists of timing and the greedy dishonesty of Amador keep them apart. The violence of the street, the desperate love of William and the tenacity of Jude’s purpose lead to an overwhelming collision that changes everyone involved forever.

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Jude’s journey is one of hope, perseverance and revelation.  He struggles against hopelessness and the depravity of the streets but his goal is etched in the burning fire of his dream.  Along the way he fights to protect what is his, finds peace in a violent world and learns that anyone, with faith, love and purpose can grow as tall as the trees.  Starring Brent David Fraser (William), Chin-Chin Gutierrez (Maria), Monsour del Rosario (Amador) and introducing Carlo Lacana (Jude).
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