Star Maps (film)

Star Maps is a 1997 American drama film co-written and directed by Miguel Arteta and starring Douglas Spain. The film is the directorial debut of Miguel Arteta, and it was first presented at the Sundance Film Festival. It was a critical hit, receiving five Independent Spirit Award nominations, including Best First Feature and Best First Screenplay.[1]

Star Maps
DVD cover
Directed byMiguel Arteta
Produced byMatthew Greenfield
Written byMiguel Arteta
Matthew Greenfield
StarringDouglas Spain
Efrain Figueroa
Kandeyce Jorden
Martha Veléz
Robin Thomas
Zak Penn
CinematographyChuy Chavez
Edited byJeff Betancourt
Tom McArdle
Tony Selzer
King Films
Flan de Coco Films
Distributed byFox Searchlight Pictures
Release date
July 23 1997
Running time
86 minutes
CountryUnited States


This allegorical tale concerns the gap that exists between East and West Los Angeles as Latino kids try to pursue the American Dream. After five years of living in Mexico, an 18-year-old youth returns to Los Angeles with aspirations of becoming a movie star. At the urging of his father, a pimp who sells maps to stars' homes as a cover, the young man turns to hustling as a way to meet Hollywood insiders.[2] Things start to look up when he hooks up with the producer of the popular daytime soap opera Carmel County. However his overbearing father and his mentally unstable mother threaten to get in the way of his dreams.


  • Douglas Spain ... Carlos Amado
  • Efrain Figueroa ... Pepe Amato
  • Kandeyce Jorden ... Jennifer Upland
  • Lysa Flores ... Maria Amato
  • Annette Murphy ... Letti
  • Martha Veléz ... Teressa Amato
  • Robin Thomas ... Martin
  • Vincent Chandler ... Juancito Amato
  • Al Vincente ... Fred Marin
  • Zak Penn ... Carmel County Writer
  • Mike White ... Carmel County Writer
  • Michael Peña ... Star Map Boy


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