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Gringos at the Gate
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Pablo Miralles – Writer/producer/director/creator

Gringos at the Gate – Soccer and the US-Mexico Divide is the first feature film under Pablo Miralles’ Arroyo Seco Films banner. Currently, Pablo is in pre-production on Can We All Get Along? Stories of Integration from John Muir High scheduled to shoot in 2012. Pablo has over 20 years experience in the visual communications field, including serving as Production Coordinator on Cedar Grove Productions' Academy Award-winning short film Visas and Virtue and Co-Producer on their Emmy-nominated short film Day of Independence. As a writer, Pablo was runner-up for the 1998 Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Production Grant and a finalist for the 1st Annual Nickelodeon Writer's Fellowship in 2001. In 2006, he produced, directed and edited a twenty part series on the World Cup in Germany for local Los Angeles TV. In 2008, Pablo founded Arroyo Seco Films to make socially important films and videos. Independently, he has produced, written, edited and directed several DV short-shorts, educational shorts and on-line interactive marketing materials for clients including: Quisic, University Access, AIG Insurance, Zenalta, Louis Vuitton, NHK Japan and Intomotion. While at UCLA Film School, Pablo won both the "Spotlight" and “MPAA Student Filmmaker” awards as a producer/ writer/ director for his short The Hammer. In addition to his MFA from UCLA School of Theater, Film and TV Pablo has a BA in Communications from Sonoma State University.
For more info visit: Arroyo Seco Films

 

Michael Whalen - Writer/producer/director/editor/dp

Michael Whalen’s credits include writing, producing and directing over 100 hours of documentary programming for The Discovery Channel, A&E, NBC, FOX, The Learning Channel and PBS on such series as Biography, Super Structures, COPS and Sightings. His first independent feature documentary Another First Step received the Cine Golden Eagle, the Bronze Plaque from the 42nd Annual Columbus Awards, and was nominated for a student Academy Award. His other films include; FRESH Women which was an official selection at the 2008 Santa Cruz Film Festival; A Christmas in Tent City which premiered at the 2009 Cinequest Film Festival, and his most recent release A Question of Habit, narrated by Susan Sarandon, was broadcast on PBS in January 2012. Currently, Mike is filming The Farmer & the Chef, a documentary following the difficult journey that world famous chef David Kinch and farmer Cynthia Sandberg embark on when they team up to grow and serve the perfect “biodynamic meal.” Mike received his BA in Communication from Santa Clara University and MFA in Film and TV Directing at UCLA. In addition to his network television and independent film work, Mike is also an Associate Professor of Communication at Santa Clara University where he teaches film and television production and history. (mike@whalenfilms.com)
For more info visit: Whalen Films


Roberto Donati – Writer/producer/director

Born and raised in Mexico City, Roberto received his Master's Degree in Film and TV production from UCLA. His work has garnered numerous International Awards including the prestigious Chicago Film Fest's Silver Hugo Award, the Director's Award at the Hiroshima International Film Festival and the Robert Townsend Social Issues Award. His clients in the educational field include the U.S. Department of Education, The National Cancer Institute and The Better Health Foundation. Commercial clients include Paramount Studios, Nintendo, Asahi Beer, PeoplePC, Herbalife and the international publication Marie Claire. The educational series, Inglés ¡Ya!, is currently the #1 Bilingual English Language Program in California schools.
​Roberto has has also participated as a Juror for the prestigious European Film Festival in Rimini, Italy and taught for the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. As an actor and voice actor he's worked in such films as Angels and Demons, Happy Feet (1 and 2), No Country for Old Men, and Puss in Boots. He has also appeared in numerous national commercials. In 2002 the U.S. Government honored Roberto with First Preference Status for his work in media. He lives in Los Angeles, California.
For more info visit: Roberto Donati's Website or email: robertodonati@gmail.com


Tanya Brum da Silveira - Co-producer

Tanya Brum Da Silveira is an independent film producer based in Los Angeles. Originally born and raised in Spain, Tanya aaended Universidad Complutense de Madrid in the year 2002 to study media studies. It was there she was awarded a scholarship to finish her studies at the University of Bergen, Norway. With a desire to improve her knowledge of film and immerse herself in New York's growing film industry, she enrolled in the New York Film Academy's 1‐year Film Production Program. Here she produced several short films including "SOLE SURVIVORS", a documentary and on the underground hype of sneaker addiction. Having gained experience as production assistant on several feature films, coordinated music videos and worked close to one of the top independent film producers in NYC Josh Zeman (Mysterious Skin, The Station Agent), Dolly Hall, Karin Chien and Jamin O'Brien, Tanya decided to begin working on her own projects. With several projects in development, Tanya has re‐located to Los Angeles where she continues to pursue her career as a producer and passion for film.

 

Allen Mezquida - Animator

Allen Mezquida has been a freelance animator for over ten years creating engaging animation for documentaries, television, short films, commercials and music videos. If you're impressed with powerful corporate logos he has worked for Sony, Warner Bros., Disney and Pixar. His short films have appeared at numerous film festivals and aired on Nickelodeon and the BBC. He is the creator of the web series SMIGLY which has half a million views. He also plays jazz saxophone when he has free time between drawing pictures that move.


Zoroastro Rodriguez -Graphics

Zoroastro Rodriguez, better known as Zoro, was born in UCLA Medical Center and raised in Northridge, CA until the age of five. At which during this time he also moved to Jomulquillo, Zacatecas, Mexico (this is where he descends from) for a year and a half. He returned to live in Woodland Hills, CA, where he would call home for the next eighteen years. Little Zoro’s very first doodle was of a cockroach. He was certified as gifted in art by the LAUSD (Los Angeles Unified School District). Zoro furthered his education by attending Moorpark College where he earned his Associates Degree in Art, graduating with honors. His entered the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA.where he majored in Illustration/Entertainment Art, and graduated in 2007 receiving his bachelors’ degree. Since then he has created the art work for Hecho Latino, a clothing line based in Dallas Texas. Other work has included creating everything from the program cover to the set design for Jump Dance studios. He also worked on “Ingles Ya!” creating background paintings to book layouts. Included on Zoro’s portfolio is a seven-month internship with Disney Consumer Products, where he excelled as a character artist for the boy’s team. As part of the boy’s team at DCP, he had the opportunity to work on The Cars, G-Force, and Toy Story franchise.
For more info visit: Zoro Rodriguez


Jeffrey Hayat - Music Composer

Jeffrey Hayat was born and raised in New York City. His affinity of music started at a very early age, and the guitar became his first love at age 10. He went on to play in many local hard rock and heavy metal bands, expanding all the while his appreciation for classical and film score music, and studying orchestral composition and orchestration. “I have always loved movies. All genres – from action and adventure films to love stories; from horror flicks to comedies. It is a way to escape…I take great enjoyment in submitting myself to entering another world, and to be enraptured by the images, the sound, the emotions…all at the hands of the storyteller – of the filmmaker. “Music to me is like another language; it is another means of vocalizing one’s thoughts and feelings. The creation of music is my way of communicating to others – others who may not speak my native tongue, but who can feel the sensation and the passion that is music.” Jeff has written many musical pieces over the past 25 years; writing for moving images is where his true talents shine. “My goal is to bring the on-screen images to a new level…to support the film and help stimulate the viewer. Energize the story, develop a mood, build melodic identification for a character… mold the score to work well within the framework of the film. Also, the composer must work well with the director and producer; it is not a solo mission but a collaborative effort. ‘You don’t like that trumpet line – how about we change it to an oboe?’ ‘You aren’t happy with the rhythm here – we can slow down the tempo, alter the meter a bit, and change some of the percussion instruments.’ There are no boundaries – no limitations. I am always looking for new ways to build, to write, to create this wonderful art we know as music."
For more info visit: Jeffrey Hayat

 

 

 
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