Jake Allyn and Conor Allyn on Creating a Border Conflict Story With No Man’s Land [Exclusive Interview]

Jake Allyn
Jake Allyn in No Man’s Land

With nearly a border of 2,000 miles, most of the United States and Mexico opened to crossing with only 700 miles of wall or fencing in place. For the lives of those who cross and those who reside on the border, life is complicated with hundreds trespassing on properties to seek a better life in America.

In No Man’s Land, the film is a narrative story of an American family that lives on a contentious tract of land on the border.

The director Conor Allyn and the film’s lead, Jake Allyn (brother and co-writer), pays homage to the area by bringing a human touch and their own experiences on the story that oftentimes get politicized by politicians and the media.

The film also stars Frank Grillo, Jorge A. Jimenez, Esmeralda Pimentel, Andie MacDowell, and George Lopez.

Here’s the synopsis of the film:

Border vigilante Bill Greer (Grillo) and his son Jackson (Allyn) are on patrol when Jackson accidentally kills a Mexican immigrant boy. Bill tries to take the blame but Texas Ranger Ramirez (Lopez) sees through the lie, spurring Jackson to flee south on horseback across the Rio Grande to become a gringo “illegal alien” in Mexico. Chased by Texas Rangers and Mexican Federales, Jackson journeys across deserts and mountains to seek forgiveness from the dead boy’s vengeful father (Jimenez), as he falls in love with the land he was taught to hate.

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LRM Online’s Gig Patta chatted with actor/writer Jake Allyn and director Conor Allyn. Our conversation is about the film production in Mexico and the real border stories that make it relatable.

Jake Allyn is most well known for starring in BET’s The Quad, as a star white quarterback forced to attend an all-black college in Atlanta. Also, he appeared in television series such as The Baxters, Mayans M.C., and NCIS.

Conor Allyn is a director and producer, who directed films such as Walk. Ride. Rodeo., ExPatriot, Forsaken, and Java Heat.

No Man’s Land opens in select theaters today, digital platforms, and VOD.

Watch the exclusive interview below. Let us know what you think.

Source: LRM Online Exclusive, IFC Films

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