Amazon Queen

A dream vacation of a lifetime quickly turns into a hijacking, endangering passengers and crew, on a boat journey down the Amazon River and into the Brazilian rainforest. Desperate criminals storm aboard, pursuing a lost fortune in the jungle. Now under threat, and with food and fuel running low, the once idealistic tourists - now hostages - must use all their ingenuity as their Amazon cruise becomes a descent into a desperate struggle for survival.
Written by Marlin Darrah

  • Marlin Darrah
    Director
    Monsoon Wife
  • Marlin Darrah
    Writer
    Monsoon Wife
  • Rick Cullis
    Writer
    Ricochet River
  • Richard Lasser
    Writer
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  • Marlin Darrah
    Producer
    Dali's Greatest Secret
  • Carson Grant
    Producer
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  • Michael McConnell
    Producer
    Amazon Queen
  • Nick Dreselly Thomas
    Producer
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  • Carly Diamond Stone
    Key Cast
    "Jackie Santos"
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  • Carson Grant
    Key Cast
    "Francisco Santos"
    One Penny
  • Massi Furlan
    Key Cast
    "Machado"
    Jumanji the Next Level
  • Alfonso DiLuca
    Key Cast
    "Sam Romaro"
    Jane the Virgin
  • Nick Dreselly Thomas
    Key Cast
    "Flynn McIntyre"
    Amazon Queen
  • Vicky Dawson
    Key Cast
    "Maggie Chambers"
    The Prowler
  • Clayton Meek
    Key Cast
    "Silva"
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  • Cristina Encarnacion
    Key Cast
    "Leilah"
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  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Amazon Queen
  • Project Type:
    Feature
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 26 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    May 6, 2021
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    Brazil
  • Language:
    English, Portuguese
  • Shooting Format:
    RED
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • New York Independent Cinema Awards
    New York City
    United States
    Best International Feature Film
  • Toronto Independent Film Festival

    Canada
    Best International Feature
Director Biography - Marlin Darrah

Marlin Darrah is probably the world’s most traveled filmmaker.

Marlin’s 45 years of award-winning production experience have taken him to more than 140 countries worldwide, yielding more than 100 documentary, travel-adventure programs and dramatic movies.

In September of 2014, Darrah was honored with a Knighthood in the Royal House of Portugal, by His Royal Highness Dom Duarte Pio, for his work in Portugal and for his many international cultural and documentary productions.

Darrah’s international shots have been aired on programs appearing on all the major television networks, including PBS, History Channel and Discovery Channel. His geo-travel lectures and features have been presented to audiences in more than 100 theaters and auditoriums across America, including venues such as the Harvard Club and the Philadelphia Geographical Society.

Recently a two-hour documentary Marlin shot and directed in Egypt was screened at the Cairo Opera House to an audience of 3000 guests.

National Geographic represents and markets thousands of Darrah’s best international shots.

Darrah also wrote, directed and produced an acclaimed 90-minute dramatic feature film, “Monsoon Wife,” in Cambodia – the first American movie shot entirely in that SE Asian country since “Lord Jim.” Universal Studios acquired Marlin’s movie and television rights have been sold to more than 10 countries. Darrah has just completed a new drama-suspense movie, AMAZON QUEEN, in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon rainforest. His various movies and documentaries have garnered $5 million + in sales worldwide

Darrah’s productions have screened and won top awards at more than 20 national and international film festivals from Rome to New York and Los Angeles.

As presented by his fellow travel producers and peers, Darrah recently received the Travel Adventure Cinema magazine’s Bertrand Holmes Award for best travel film showcase.

A producer at National Geographic recently said this about Marlin. “If I could trade eyeballs with anyone in the world, it would be Marlin. He has seen more of our world than anyone I have ever met, and that includes hard-core travelers at National Geographic, who are a dime a dozen. He lives the life I can only dream of.”

Marlin's wife Lin Zuo is from Beijing, and his artist daughter Maya is of European and Japanese descent.

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Director Statement

AMAZON QUEEN is my 2nd feature film, and I wanted to make it in the same spirit of indie-filmmaking as I had done with my first movie, "Monsoon Wife," in Cambodia. To produce and direct a drama-suspense feature film in the Amazon had been one of my dreams and passion projects for many years. I'd spent several months in the Amazon during previous trips, but in October 2020, I finally was able to assemble an intrepid team of actors and filmmakers who were willing and able to take on this challenge. And making a movie in the heart of the Amazon - and during this terrible time of COVID - was a daunting task. Though the prime dramatic story is about a group of eco-tourists taken hostage on an Amazon riverboat, I also wanted the movie to reflect the horrible background issue of deforestation - the systematic burning of the Amazon (mainly to create pasture land for cattle) and the stripping of the Amazon of its natural treasures. Through this film, I want to transport audiences into the great jungle and river so they can be entertained, yes - but also to learn more about the marvel that is the Amazon.