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By Jeff Pack
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Ochoa proud to bring 'The Samuel Project' home to Temecula

The movie will screen twice daily at Edwards Temecula & IMAX through Sunday

 

Last updated 3/22/2019 at 4:47pm

Courtesy of Robert Ochoa

Ryan Ochoa poses with 'The Samuel Project' movie poster at Edwards Temecula & IMAX theater on Friday, March 22 during a screening of the movie, which he stars in. Special screenings of the film will be shown throughout the weekend at the Temecula theater.

Having just jumped off the Edwards Temecula & IMAX theater stage on Friday, March 22 following a Q&A session after the first screening of his latest film, "The Samuel Project," Ryan Ochoa was on cloud nine.

"It was a huge turnout and it was totally great," Ochoa said. "We had been watching the reservation numbers all week, checking the ticket sales and we didn't know how many people were going to come to the matinee show. But when we got here, the whole theater was filled up, everyone bought tickets when they got here, I guess.

"I think tonight is going to be a massive turnout, so I am excited."

Ochoa, who lived in Temecula starting at age 7 and graduated from Elsinore High School in 2014, fought long and hard to bring the independent movie project to a theater in what he considers his hometown.

"Anytime I can bring a project to my hometown I jump on it," Ochoa said. "We have looked and looked for a place to bring the movie back home, ever since it debuted in the Fall. Since Temecula isn't that big of a market, it was hard, but Edwards took a chance on our film and we are grateful.

"I'm glad we were able to bring a special film back to my city."

The movie, which stars Hal Linden ("Barney Miller," "The Rothschilds"), Ochoa as his grandson, and Michael B. Silver ("Seabiscuit"), will screen 1:20 and 7:10 p.m. through the weekend, Friday through Sunday, March 22-24.

"The Samuel Project" reveals a universal story of how discovering the past through art can bring a family back together.

For Ochoa family has always been important, which is why when he was discovered at age 7, the family moved from San Diego to Temecula, to split the difference between the location of his father's business and Los Angeles.

He has always attended public school, which he admits was difficult, considering the amount of work he's done in Hollywood.

Ochoa is best known for his role as Lanny on the Disney Channel hit show, "Pair of Kings" from 2010 to 2013. But fans might also recognize him from his recurring role on "iCarly" as Chuck Chambers. He's had roles in more than a half dozen films with two more in the can.

He is just as excited about the project that he and his brothers, Bobby and Raymond, are working to complete - an album under their musical name, Ochoa Boyz.

"That's our focus is right now is our new album," he said. "Some of the biggest music producers and radio people have heard little bits here and there and they are waiting for us to drop it so they can blast it.

"We call our genre 'Hip-Hop Hype' but we're evolving. There's nothing like it that's been out. The new style is 100 percent original and fresh."

In addition to his acting career, Ochoa said he's found himself on the other side of the lens.

Courtesy of Robert Ochoa

Ryan Ochoa poses with fans from Nebraska after the screening of his film, 'The Samuel Project,' in Temecula.

"When I was growing up, I always had my eyes set on one thing and that was acting," he said. "Over time you start gaining other passions and interests and I ended up finding myself behind the camera. I have been filming a lot, kind of turning into this up and coming filmmaker, so far, just short films and music videos and I am having so much fun doing it."

He said just recently he was officially credited as a director, writer, and cinematographer.

No matter what he has going on, he said he always loves coming home.

"I am involved in a lot of local activities here and I come here often," Ochoa said. "Any time I can find myself back here in Riverside County, I come home. Growing up here is what's kept me grounded all of these years and has really shaped me into the person I am today.

"That's what is most important to me, really, just being a good person."

"The Samuel Project" is rated PG-13 with a run time of 92 minutes. For theaters and tickets, visit thesamuelprojectmovie.com.

Jeff Pack can be reached at [email protected]

 

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