Based on her 2017 short film of the same name, writer/director Diane Paragas’ Austin-set music drama Yellow Rose follows the hardships faced by a teenage Filipina dreamer when ICE agents pick up and detain her undocumented mother in Bastrop. Rose takes refuge in Austin, where the aspiring country and western singer finds a mentor in singer-songwriter Dale Watson. Broadway star and Grammy winner Eva Noblezada plays Rose, Dale Watson plays a fictionalized version of himself. The cast also includes Lea Salonga, who plays Rose's Aunt Gail. Salonga originated the role of Kim in Miss Saigon; Eva Noblezada received a 2017 Tony Award nomination for playing Kim in the Broadway revival. Yellow Rose, which premiered locally during the 2019 Austin Film Festival, opened Oct. 8 in Austin. Yellow Rose is now available for digital and on-demand viewing and will be released Jan. 5 on DVD. Yellow Rose represents the film debut of Filipino-American stage actress Eva Noblezada. In addition to starring in the Broadway revival of Miss Saigon, Noblezada received a Tony nomination for originating the lead role of Eurydice in Hadestown, which won the Best Musical Theater Album at this year’s 62nd Grammy Awards. Country singer-songwriter Dale Watson costarred in writer/director Diane Paragas’s 2017 Austin-shot short film that inspired Yellow Rose. The former Austin fixture also wrote the songs he and Noblezada perform in Yellow Rose. While he relocated in 2018 to Memphis, and purchased the famous nightclub Hernando's Hideaway, Watson maintains his Austin home and recording studio. He most recently performed in Austin in October and November during the now-closed Threadgill’s Last Call Music Series, including during the grand finale show with Gary P. Nunn, Whitney Rose, William Beckmann, and Jamie Lin Wilson.
Aired: Dec. 31, 2020