Vicious Circle (2008 film)

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Vicious Circle
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Directed by Paul Boyd
Produced by Angelyna Martinez
Written by Paul Boyd
Howard Gibson
Starring Paul Rodriguez Jr.
Emily Rios
Trevor Wright
Cinematography Denis Maloney
Edited by Shane McLafferty
Release date
Running time
90 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Vicious Circle is a 2008 drama film directed and written by Paul Boyd.


Set on the streets of modern-day Venice Beach, Vicious Circle is a tragic punk rock Latino love story; a raw, edgy, teenage Romeo and Juliet with a murder mystery twist. We first see 18-year-old RJ (skateboard star, Paul Rodriguez Jr.) running through the streets of LA with a blood stained shirt and a gun in his backpack, leaving us to wonder, "What happened?" An artist and skater with a heart of gold, R.J. dreams of moving to New York City to pursue his dream of creating comic books. His hand-made sketchbook demonstrates his unique talent and acts as a portal between fantasy and reality. A strong influence of the game of chess from RJ's incarcerated father permeates his art and life; RJ lives by the rules of the game and knows the repercussions of one bad move. Soon, RJ meets Angel (Emily Rios), a rebellious singer in a local teenage punk band. Their unexpected story of true love causes the tides to turn in both lives, and RJ reveals a secret that could cost the life of his new love.


Vicious Circle made its premiere at the 9th Annual New York International Latino Film Festival on July 25, 2008 at the Director's Guild Theatre. The film won Best Picture at 2008 HBO New York International Latino Film Festival. Vicious Circle also won the Audience Award at the 2008 Orlando International Film Festival and was an Official Selection at the 2009 Downtown Film Festival in Los Angeles.

Vicious Circle signed a distribution deal with Maya Entertainment in 2009.



Title Artist
Opening Title Asdru Sierra
"The Chase" Asdru Sierra
"The Wake" Asdru Sierra
"Nighthawks" Wake Up Incinerate
"Restless Evil" Cowboy Robot
"Dog Eat Dog" TriggerFinger
"Little Tokyo" Wake Up Incinerate
"Mad House" Guic One DRP
"Savior" Monster In The Machine
"Gravel Sheets" Wake Up Incinerate
"Fight" The Dirges


Year Award Result Category Recipient
2008 New York International Latino Film Festival Won Best Film Paul Boyd

External links

  • Vicious Circle on IMDb
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