War of the Limelight (2016)

A love story between a Syrian refugee and the son of a Mexican illegal immigrant takes place amidst an ongoing racism- and classism-fueled war between two rival high schools.


Eric Hinwood


Brittney Buffo




Cast overview, first billed only:
Taylor Desmond Taylor Desmond ... Violette
Miguel Terrón Miguel Terrón ... Brock Lopez
Kimberly English Kimberly English ... Raven
Raydon Lobrin Raydon Lobrin ... Chaz Domingo
Brittney Buffo Brittney Buffo ... Gabriela
Michael Buffo Michael Buffo ... Paul Rice
Maritssa Vargas Maritssa Vargas ... Jessica
Callista Stewart Callista Stewart ... Lisa
Jazlyn Rose Jazlyn Rose ... Ellie (as Jazlyn Sarmiento)
Hannah Rebancos Hannah Rebancos ... Cameron
Nancy Cisneros Nancy Cisneros ... Christy
Jack Clifford Jack Clifford ... Brandon
Trina Grubb Trina Grubb ... Megan
Martin Lopez Martin Lopez ... Brock's Dad
Pilar Mendoza Pilar Mendoza ... Brock's Mom


Two rival high schools are competing to win the grand prize in a local film festival. Their "war" escalates to racial bullying that has devastating effects on an innocent new student. Immature characters have their perspective broadened when they become aware of a community leader's humanitarian mission to assist a Syrian refugee amidst the crisis. Written by Brittney Buffo

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English | Spanish

Release Date:

14 October 2016 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Salinas, California, USA See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


This is the first feature film made by the HARA Motion Picture Conservatory. The majority of the actors and all but five of the crewmembers had never worked on a film before. Over a dozen scenes were based on improvisation or were improvised on the spot. The story was created by the students of the summer 2016 season of the Hara Motion Picture Conservatory. Both principal and the second unit photography took a total of 15 days to complete. See more »

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