SWEET & TENDER HOOLIGAN
I need to tell this story; but not just for me, for everyone it may reach. Gender Fluidity is not a black and white issue, it has many endless shades of grey. With my film I can unfold another layer for those whose truths have not been told.
100 Days of Optimism
Inclusion StatementThis film will finally give me a voice.There are so many other facets of the film that people can relate to. People who have struggled with gender identity , parents with mental illness, absent parents and gangs.
About The Project
Rebel a teenage boy of mixed race ( Latino and Caucasian) coming of age. After the mom has a nervous breakdown and is taken away. He is expelled from High school for drinking and defacing school property with Graffiti. His sister Veronica leaves to be a teenager tired of playing mom but leaving him to deal with an emotionally unavailable father. He loses himself in his art and writing and finds solace in the music of The Smiths while educating himself with his literary heroes; Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs and Rimbaud.
He is forced to confront his identity when he begins to explore his gender-fluid awakening after stealing his sister’s clothes and make up. He tries to suppress these feelings with religion and tries to maintain appearances to his friends and family. Ultimately pushing him further into a world of drugs, gangs and violence with a backdrop of the 1992 riots. Through the self-destruction he finally emerges self-realized and calm.
COLOR: I want to use a triatic color scheme with reds, blues, and yellows. That will all symbolize the negativity in the external world. The colors are all beautiful on their own but together they are disjointed, much like the everyday interactions in Rebel's life with his family.
When Rebel is instrospective a neon pallettte of pinks,blues and purples will dominate his landscape and saturate his world that will represent his binary gender.I want to use overly saturated neon’s palette to represent the emotional journey of his gender fluidity.The colors of his innerself will be pleasant and complementary to the eye, so we feel like he is in his natural element and comfortable with himself.
I wanted to bring forth a juxtaposition between his disjointed waking life and his inner waking world. all based around color symbolism.
I have always felt akin to Noir films, one of my favorites being Chinatown, It is in my opinion the first Film Noir in color and my hope is to create that aesthetic through the camera using anamorphic lenses with a 4k digital camera system.
This has been a very difficult journey for me to finally tell my story about growing up in a low income neighborhood trying to understand my gender fluidity and my culture identity. I used a caucasian actor as my mixed race protagonist, so the audience could feel a natural disjointedness from the character. As a boy I never fit into any general mold of my culture or life.In the true sense of the word I was a “Pocho” which means a Mexican who is trying to Americanize hilmself and can't speak the language. I was stuck between two very different cultures.
I rejected my father's culture of Mexico because there was discord in our father and son relationship. I made it my goal to erase my father’s cultural foot print from my life, not realizingl until later that I can embrace my cultural heritage and still keep my individuality . With the discovery of video one and request video on the public channels stations (we couldn’t afford cable and M.T.V.) I started a journey into sound with bands like The Cure and Depeche Mode which would lead me to the music of The Smiths. Their music and philosophies of life paralleled my life in so many ways. I credit their music in helping me discover some of my literary heroes.
I saw myself as a white kid internally and started dressing in the fashions of the time. I was persecuted for being different in my predominately Latino gang ridden neighborhood. So I created a character of mixed race that mirrored my internal and cultural identity. I have always felt torn between two cultures my Mexican heritage and my American culture.
This has been a very personal and introspective journey, I feel now is the right time to tell this story. I hope people going through the same or similar issues as I did will identify. I grew up wanting to be more in tune with a feminine side amongst an overwhelmingly masculine environment all while not having a mother figure to help me grapple with a side of my self-none of my friends could understand. I found my voice through this script and now I need to share it with an audience.
Alot of time and talent has been donated to the project. We continue to gather creative people and resorces to make this production come to fruition, We are looking to raise $20,000 dollars for the production portion of the film; Locations, food, wardrobe, equipment and all the little things that add up. We are getting closer and starting to connect all the pieces of this wonderfull narative together, take a journey with us.
I am excited to be part of this new journey and I feel a kinship to the actors that are passionate about the project and standing behind it. I wouldn’t want it any other way. They have taken the script and gave it life and continue to put in the work to craft their best performances. Most of the actors including myself are recent graduates or will be graduating later this year from the Ruskin Theater School of Acting. We have gone through an intense two year program with some of the best teachers and actors in the industry.
“ Being an actor is a religious calling because you've been given the ability, the gift to inspire humanity.” - Sanford Meisner
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Jose Alfredo Garcia
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About This Team
Jose Alfredo Garcia (Writer/Director): Jose is a L.A. native writer and director, he is gender fluid and graduated the school of life after traveling the world living in Paris, France and Ireland to name a few. He put himself through Los Angeles film school majoring in Directing and Cinematography. He has a very stylized (noir in color) form of storytelling that centers on an incredible ability to tell a great story visually and through a tremendous narrative. Jose has written and Directed many short films and one animation called "Space Face" that was has been nominated for two best animation awards 2016 and 2018 by Newfilmakers LA and has also been shown at the Hollyshorts film festival in Hollywood, Ca.
Coker Jones-Garcia Executive Producer : She is an L.A. based writer producer and soon to take on her first role as director of a comedy show. She put herself through college and graduated Cal State Dominguez Hills with a B.A. in Sociology with a specialization in community building and a minor in cultural anthropology. She has been a creative her whole life writing and performing she has co/written a novel with Jose alfredo Garcia, and has had her couture full body accessories featured in many Magazines editorials, such as Dark beauty and the LA Times.
Francisco Seron Line Producer : Graduated in 2017 with bachelors in fine arts columbia college hollywood. He speaks english, Spanish and Italian. He is currently working on a bacholors in production and has worked on several productions in many facits ranging from grip to production, he has a broad knowledge base for what it takes to make a sucessful film.
Hailing from small town Indiana, Sammy’s interest in Film and Television was piqued at a young age while bonding with his mother, who would often donate her free nights to a “movie night” with him. He began writing short stories and screenplays at 10 years old, often performing them with action figures in his room. As a teen he would often be seen with a camera, enlisting his friends (or, rather, forcing them) to be in films he would star in and direct. At 22 he took the leap into a larger pond, moving to Los Angeles to pursue his dream of working in the film industry.
Adrián José González Director of Photography: Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Adrián studied filmmaking and arts at the Sacred Heart University in San Juan. Graduated with film awards, winning 1st and 2nd place with various projects he wrote and directed. During that time Adrián started directing and producing freelance commercials, music videos and short-films. He currently directs, shoots and edits a Travel Show called "Isla y Vuelta" (Nominated for Best Educational TV Program - SunCoast Emmys). Adrián has a very energetic carisma and his workflow is high-passed, he has clear vision and likes to push boundaries to new levels.