Inclusion StatementKing of the Road is helmed by filmmakers, (Director) Cate and (Producer) Ashley, who share a passion for transformative story-telling. Behind the scenes our crew was 50% female and provided training to an emerging female filmmaker to support their professional development.
About The Project
Directors Statement from Cate Celso - Hailing from San Jose, California the youngest of six children from a single parent household, Rick Torres had a passion for entertaining. Growing up formerly rural San Jose what were the odds for a young boy to achieve his dreams? Depends on your drive and depends on your luck. How badly do you want to achieve your goals? How about rising to the #1 Bay Area Elvis Tribute Artist since 2008 on Gigmasters?
Like many people I am drawn to a good story. We all have special talents to share and unique voices. When I come across something or someone that inspires me, I want to share that inspiration with others.
I met Rick six years ago when the company I worked for hired him to perform on site. As I watched his energy fill the room as he transformed his audience, I became curious about him and wanted to know more about his path, his story.
Our paths crossed again back in 2017 and for me it was a sign to tackle my first documentary and share Rick’s inspirational story with you.
Will you join us in completing this uplifting story? We're almost finished filming and as we complete this phase and begin post-production we're looking for your help to to cover the costs of post-production. Up until this point this project has been solely funded out of pocket but with your support we could cover fees for our picture and sound editors, (It's a documentary about a musician the music needs special care!) E&O insurance, festival submissions and publicity.
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About This Team
Starring Rick Torres - Internationally known multi-award-winning Elvis tribute artist and celebrity Elvis impersonator Rick Torres has over twenty years experience as an entertainer. He remains the number one booked Elvis Tribute artist in the Bay Area of California. (Gigmasters)
Director - Cate is an aspiring director with several years experience working in film production. She got started working with indie film groups in San Francisco where she currently resides. This is her first documentary and third short film.
Producer - Ashley has developed, produced and sold narrative film, documentary and television content for Canadian broadcasters APTN, CBC, Super Channel and Bell MTS. Her film BLACK FIELD won the Amazon Video Direct Filmmaker Award at Sundance (2017) and was also named Best Feature Drama at the Vancouver Women in Film Festival and Best Canadian Feature at the Toronto Female Eye Film Festival. She is an alumna of the National Screen Institute of Canada and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (London).
Director of Photography - Sean makes stuff, and likes to help other people make stuff. He mostly works in the dark as a colorist, but as Director of Photography on King of the Road, he's working with light.
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