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What happens when you throw together a fallen Mexican wrestler with serious rage issues, a just-out-of-prison ex-con with a regrettable face tattoo, and a recovering junkie motel owner in search of a kidney? That’s the premise of the berserk, blood-spattered, and wickedly entertaining feature debut from Ryan Prows. Set amidst the seedy underbelly of Los Angeles, Lowlife zigzags back and forth in time as it charts how fate-and a ruthless crime boss-connects three down-and-out reprobates mixed up in an organ harvesting scheme that goes from bad to worse to off-the-rails insane. Careening from savagely funny to just plain savage to unexpectedly heartfelt, this audacious thriller serves up nonstop adrenaline alongside hard-hitting commentary about the state of contemporary America.

Saturday, May 19
Doors 5:50 pm | Movie 6:10 pm *Sharp! Please arrive on time.
Advance tickets $10 HERE | $12 at the door

*Must be 19+ w/ID for entry and bar service.
**Rio Theatre Groupons and passes OK! Please redeem at the door.

“Director Ryan Prows’ whimsically dark and fantastically entertaining film has emerged from left field to demand a place on your radar. Set up a Google alert for ‘LOWLIFE release date’. You’ll be glad you did.” (Nerdist)

“Rarely does a film live up to its title as well as LOWLIFE. Equal parts absurd comedy and surrealist bloodbath, it’s a shocking and often-hilarious story of a bunch of derelicts told over a few days in Los Angeles.” (/Film)

“An adrenaline rush designed to strap you to your seat, entertain you, and spit you back into reality, exhausted but satisfied.” (

“The bloody, bizarro highlight of this year’s Fantasia Film Festival, LOWLIFE lives up to its name and then some… A captivating feature debut.” (The Hollywood Reporter)

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LOWLIFE (Ryan Prows, 2017 / 98 mins /English with Spanish subtitles) The lives of an addict, a Luchador, a cartel organ smuggler, and an ex-con collide in this wildly original crime/drama/blacker-than-black comedy/thriller that’s as informed by Mexican subcultures as it is by American cinema.

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