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.
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.
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/