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Black Ruby

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Black Ruby
Black Ruby Poster.jpg
Directed byLa Raza
Produced byMónica Esmeralda León
Screenplay byZachary Laoutides
StarringZachary Laoutides
Krystal E. Heredia
Laron Hardrick
Joseph Mennella
Carmen Santiago Kennon
George Spentzos
Music byMickey Synteklas
Liam Williams
Rober Oberg
CinematographyZibo Lin
Ave Fenix Pictures
Distributed byRandom Media The Orchard (company)
Release date
  • July 13, 2017 (2017-07-13) (London Independent Film Festival)
  • March 5, 2019 (2019-03-05) (United States)
Running time
95 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$100,000[2]

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}} Black Ruby is an American drama film. The third film by Ave Fenix Pictures, it is the first feature film to be shot with the Iphone 7.[3][4][5]


Jules and Louis, two hustlers and jazz musicians struggle to create a hit song planned to put Jules on the path to stardom when a Black-Hispanic escort named Ruby interrupts their lives distracting their music and causing Louis to street fight his friend's debts away.[6][7][8]


  • Zachary Laoutides as Louis Katz
  • Krystal E. Heredia as Lazaro's Ruby
  • Joseph Mennella as Jules Mandel
  • Christiana as Carmen Santiago Keenon
  • Ric Morgan as Solomon
  • Laron Hardrick as Quazy


Production was completed in Chicago in September 2017. The film director credit was given to La Raza, based off the La Raza filmmaking method founded by Ave Fenix Pictures.[9][10]


The film premiered at the London Independent Film Festival and was the Official Selection at the Rome Independent Film Awards and Los Angeles Film Festival.[11][12]

The film was picked up in 2018 by Hollywood executive Eric Doctorow who worked with Paramount, Fox, MGM and Miramax before launching his distribution company Random Media.[13] Random Media released Black Ruby in early 2019 in partnership with The Orchard and Sony Pictures.[14][15][16]


Zachary Laoutides was recipient of 9 nominations at the London Independent Film Festival.[17][18] Mónica Esmeralda León and Zachary Laoutides won Best Picture at The Los Angeles Film Festival, with Laoutides winning Best Actor, Best Writer, Best Soundtrack and the Independent Spirit Award. [19][20] The film was released to select theaters on March 19th in the United States and United Kingdom grossing $10,000.[21][22]

Zachary Laoutides changed his eye color, skin tone and hair color to play the role of Louis Katz.[23][24][25] Laoutides was described as a "21st-century Marlon Brando" by the HuffPost.[26][27] That Momentin gave the film 3.5 out of 5 stars saying it was impactful with committed performances.[28][29] Film Threat Magazine described the movie as vicious, regressive, and not enlightening.[30][31] Film Snob Reviews found the film confusing and needing more layers.[32]


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  23. "Talking Diversity with Zachary Laoutides". onmogul.com. Mogul.
  24. Akorede, Shakir (2017-03-12). "Brando And Montgomery Clift Performances In First Iphone7 Film". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2018-07-19.
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