Presenting the new short film: Move Your Feet

In association with Beat the Streets Los Angeles (BTSLA) and Frederick Pictures, we are proud to present our new short film Move Your Feet.

A story about an adolescent girl who through her mother’s guidance and the sport of wrestling overcomes her largest challenge, her past.

The fictional story is inspired by the real world themes that challenge today’s youth and stars BTSLA wrestlers Mercedes Rodriguez, Gianna Anaya and San Pedro Coach Roman Hernandez.

Serving as writer and producer, I had the great opportunity to work with veteran photographer and director Shawn Frederick.

The film premiered on Friday April 10th at BTSLA’s 2nd Annual Benefit to much acclaim and was part of a very successful night of fundraising and celebration of the organization’s progress in just three short years since inception.

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That’s me, Brian Guerrero, standing on the right, getting ready to introduce the film. Photo by Dana Barsuhn.

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Every filmmaker loves a packed house. Photo by Dana Barsuhn.

 

At the conclusion of the film I had the pleasure of recognizing our fantastic cast and crew.  Our costar Gianna Anaya who played both wrestler and hooded stranger stepped up to receive a big round of applause.  Gianna is one of BTSLA’s best youth wrestlers and has a bright future both on and off the mat.

Fittingly, to conclude the film portion of the evening, I turned the mic over to our star, Mercedes Rodriguez.  As a strong, brave young leader she stood before 200+ guests and delivered a touching thank you speech.  My favorite part of that speech:

“It’s enabled me to take the competitive aspect of the sport into the classroom”

Wisdom beyond her years.

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BTSLA student athlete Mercedes Rodriguez addresses guests of the 2nd Annual Benefit. Photo by Dana Barsuhn.

I can’t think of a better way to wrap up this journey of a project… a film for the youth, about the youth, capped by the youth. Tomorrow’s leaders.

 

Special thanks to Dana Barsuhn for capturing the evening in photographs.  To see more of Dana’s work visit http://www.danabarsuhn.com/

Short Film ‘Move Your Feet’ will premiere at Beat the Streets Los Angeles 2nd Annual Benefit

We are excited to present the trailer for Move Your Feet, a story about an adolescent girl who through her mother’s guidance and the sport of wrestling overcomes her largest challenge, her past.

Beginning last fall, I had the honor of writing and producing the short film for the non profit Beat the Streets Los Angeles (BTSLA), an organization which I serve as a Board Member and Creative Director.

The fictional story is inspired by the real world themes that challenge today’s youth and stars BTSLA wrestlers Mercedes Rodriguez, Gianna Anaya and San Pedro Coach Roman Hernandez.

Directed by Shawn Frederick, the short film will premiere at the 2nd Annual Benefit on Friday April 10, 2015 and then will be released online at btsla.org the following day.

With BTSLA’s vision of creating sustainable wrestling programs accessible to all youth, the organization invites supporters and future advocates to attend the Benefit and enjoy the live premiere of Move Your Feet.

Ticket sales and donations made here go toward our programming and are the lifeline of our future growth.

Purchase your tickets by clicking HERE.

BTSLA Invitation to 2nd Annual Benefit

‘Tis the Season – Holiday Greeting Card

Our family couldn’t decide on one Christmas photo so we made a movie instead.

Directed and Edited by Brian Guerrero.
Color Graded with VSCO Film.
Music from PremiumBeat.com – “Happy Christmas Time” by Lost Harmonies.
Many thanks to the kind people at Goodwill and UPS.

Happy Holidays from Kat, Brian and Emi

Short Film ‘Move Your Feet’ wraps on production

Filming Day 1 Wrap with director Shawn Frederick, writer and producer Brian Guerrero and the cast of Beat the Streets LA wrestlers.

52 days after sitting down for the first pre-production meeting on the branded short for Beat the Streets Los Angeles (BTSLA) we wrapped filming yesterday.

The project Move Your Feet is a short about an adolescent girl, played by Beat the Streets LA youth wrestler Mercedes Rodriguez, whose life is transcended by the sport of wrestling.

As Creative Director for BTSLA, I had the honor of writing the screenplay for our non-profit org and produce the short.  The story is inspired by BTSLA’s mission to cultivate youth development in Los Angeles communities through quality wrestling programs.

The production was led by veteran director Shawn Frederick and his fantastic crew who consisted of Richard Wright (Director of Photography, Tyler Swain (Camera Operator), Dave Nagel (Camera Operator), Sean Lampon (Sound Recordist), Cal Bingham (Digitech/Script Supervisor), and Cole Bingham (PA/Grip).

The eight week whirlwind experience was for me both rewarding as much as it was a learning experience.  To witness so many creatives and communities come together for one purpose was inspiring.

Stay tuned for more details including advertisements and a release date which is slated for sometime around the holidays.

 

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