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Gatekeeper Productions, LLC is an independent film production company dedicated to socially relevant projects. All stories are carefully selected for their lack of coverage by mainstream media but necessary representation for an informed society. Gatekeeper Productions, LLC works in all media and genre from fiction to documentary filmmaking.

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John Carlos Frey - Director is a native of Mexico. His directorial debut, “The Gatekeeper,” garnered ten national and international film festival awards winning “Best Film” or “Best Director” at nine different festivals. The film has also spawned a book deal with Rowan and Littlefield Publishing and is currently in DVD distribution through Screen Media and Universal Home Video. Kevin Thomas, of The Los Angeles Times writes, “John Carlos Frey displays passion and eloquence in The Gatekeeper.” He has also just completed the feature film script, “The Lone Star,” the true-life story of the first Mexican American to play college football in the state of Texas (1963), Ines Perez.

As well as critical acclaim, “The Gatekeeper” has been recognized by Amnesty International, The Anti Defamation League, Human Rights Watch, National Immigration Forum, National Center for Farmworker Health, The League of United Latin American Citizens, The National Council of La Raza (NCLR), The Joan B. Kroc Institute of Peace and Justice as well as the Hispanic Congressional Caucus in Washington, D.C. for it’s realistic depiction of illegal immigration in the United States. Through his work, Mr. Frey has advocated on behalf of the underserved in America. He has been invited to share his expertise all over the country as well as Mexico, Central and South America. Some speaking venues include, U.S. Congress, Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Georgetown, Notre Dame, UCLA and USC to name a few.

Mr. Frey has also directed to great success numerous live theatre productions that include such classics as “The Zoo Story,” “Long Days Journey into Night” and “Streetcar Named Desire.” He is also an accomplished actor of stage, television and screen. Notable performances include: “The Practice”, “Days of Our Lives”, “Married With Children”, “JAG”, “Weird Science”, “Party of Five” and “Freaky Friday” among others.

Last year Mr. Frey completed “The Invisible Mexicans of Deer Canyon” which is an in depth look at migrant life in wealthy southern California. He spent over a year visiting and living amongst the Mexican migrants of Deer Canyon that live outdoors in third world conditions. He traveled alone carrying all of his sound, camera and lighting equipment. Many of the migrants were initially reluctant to talk to Mr. Frey. As his trips to the canyon became more frequent, the migrants began to trust and invite him into their homes for a personal look at their lives.

Mr. Frey has just finished a follow up film to “Invisible Mexicans” entitled, "The Invisible Chapel" and has just recently been made available on DVD. He is also currently working on a series of documentaries on the Latino experience in the United States as well as a new feature film entitled “The Lone Star.” Contact John Carlos Frey: john@gatekeeperproductions.com

Jack Lorenz - Executive Producer started his career in the film business in the late 1980’s working for Roger Corman. He worked on several low budget features before being hired by Vestron Pictures as Vice President of Production working on films such as “The Rainbow” starring Glenda Jackson and “Midnight Crossing” starring Faye Dunaway. He also worked extensively in Europe and Asia during that time. After Vestron Universal Pictures recruited him as a consultant for their non-union films. In 1991 he was hired by the Walt Disney Studios to run the production arm of Buena Vista Pictures. Buena Vista Pictures was set up to produce non-union and lower budget films to feed the studio distribution arm. While there he supervised the production of approximately twelve films.

After Buena Vista Lorenz became an independent producer working with Linda Lavin at Big Deal Inc. which had productions deals at both Warner Brothers and New World Entertainment. Lorenz produced the critically acclaimed cable film “The Rose Garden” starring Mary Tyler Moore and Linda Lavin. The film was the highest rated film ever on the ABC Family Channel.

In 1995 Lorenz was hired by Peter Guber to run the production arm of his new entity, Mandalay Entertainment. While there was responsible for the development and or production of twenty feature films and television movies. Among the more successful were, “Donnie Brasco”, starring Al Pacino, “Seven Years in Tibet”, starring Brad Pitt, and “I Know What You Did Last Summer”.

In late 1999 Lorenz retuned to independent producing. He produced “Vampires Los Muertos”, starring Jon Bon Jovi for Screen Gems pictures as well as the self financed and distributed,” The Gatekeeper”. “The Gatekeeper” became a critical and film festival success, winning 9 best pictures awards at film festivals across the country. The film is now available on DVD through Screen Media and Universal Studios and has been sold in most major territories around the world. Contact Jack Lorenz: jack@gatekeeperproductions.com