Film Makers

Edward James Olmos, Director

Edward James Olmos' first big break was a starring role in Luis Valdez's play, "Zoot Suit", in 1978. The play moved to Broadway and led to a Tony Award nomination and great critical acclaim.  Perhaps best known for his role as Lt. Martin Castillo in the NBC television series Miami Vice (1984) (1984-1989), Olmos has been seen in numerous film and television productions. He received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor for his starring role in Stand and Deliver (1988). Most notable of his recent offerings is American Me (1992), which was also his directing debut. But acting, directing and screenwriting are only parts of what he does. Olmos contends he would much rather be known as an activist than an actor. He devotes much of his time to causes, particularly those focusing on the needs and rights of children. He makes, on average, some 150 personal appearances a year to places where he can reach kids at risk; juvenile halls, detention centers, boys/girls clubs, schools. Anywhere he can get across his message that "we all have a choice" about where life takes us.  Olmos stresses the importance of education, the risks of gang life and tries to promote the notion of taking responsibility for one's own actions and one's own happiness in life. Using his own "disadvantaged background" as an example (he grew up in East Los Angeles, infamous for its gang problems), he tells the kids, "If I can do it, so can you". 

Production Designer Stephen Altman

Stephen Altman is an Academy Award nominated production designer, Stephen Altman is known for his work on Ray (2004), Chronicle (2012) and Gosford Park (2001). Stephen is well known for his cutting edge visual design. His passion and artistry in creating the look of a film has earned him a reputation for being among the best of the best in the motion picture industry.

Casting Director Carla Hool

Carla Hool is one of those gifted individuals responsible for finding the right talent needed to make a script really come to life. Carla cast Demian Bichir in “A Better Life” that went on to earn Bichir an Oscar nomination for Best Actor. Everything she touches turns to gold. She casts the Emmy Award winning show “Narcos”, “The 33” with Antonio Banderas, and the Academy Award winning film “Apocolypto”. Carla has worked with every actor within our dream cast.

Jaime P. Gomez, Producer

Jaime Gomez has been in the entertainment industry for close to 20 years and is the CEO of Sandbar Films Inc., an independent Production company. He has been in such notable films as “Clear and Present Danger”, “Crimson Tide”, “Training Day”, “La Carpa” (produced by American Playhouse), and the award winning after school special “Gangs”.    For five seasons, Gomez portrayed Inspector Evan Cortez on the CBS hit television series “Nash Bridges”. His feature film projects include “16 to Life”, winner of the Audience Award for Best Film at the Method Fest International Film Festival (March 2009), where Jaime was nominated for Best Breakout Performance and the indie hit “Gabriela”. With a budget of less than 100k the indie powerhouse went on to gross 2.3 million!   Highlights of Jaime’s continued television roles include TNT’s Rizzoli and Isles, the first two episodes of the final season of the hit Fox drama “24”, as well as roles in the hit CBS dramas “Cold Case”, CSI Miami, and CSI.  A man of many talents, Jaime directed and wrote the feature film “In the Blink of an Eye”, the music documentary “It’s All in the Song” featuring Quincy Coleman, and directed the short “Live with It”. He has also written the TV pilots “Streets of LA” about LA undercover cops & the espionage thriller “The CODE”. Jaime is excited and honored to take on the role of Gus Garcia.

Brandon Olmos, Producer

After only a few years in San Antonio Texas, Brandon has directed four Documentary films about the Latino experience, The Legacy of Cesar (2009), La Gloria: Contemporary Art in the Cultural Zone (2011), Day of the River-Dia Del Rio (2012 ) & This is My Country (2013).   In addition to documentaries, Olmos has also teamed up with Mario Sanchez to produce six feature films in Texas: The Return of Johnny V (2011), The Ranch Hand (2012), The Fetish Set (2013) Mahogany Sunrise (2013), Gino’s Wife (2014) and The Green Ghost (2015). These productions have created both industry jobs and experience for the South Texas motion picture industry.  Over 20 years of experience working inside the Latino film industry along with Olmos Productions Inc. and the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival. Also, he has worked as editor & sound mixer for many years as a Motion Picture Editors Guild member on a variety of television, feature films, documentaries and shorts. Credits include *American Me* (1992) *Americanos: Latino Life in the US* (1999), *The Kennedy Center Presents* (2000), *Crossing Jordan* (2004), *American Family* (2005), and *Walkout!* (2006).  Brandon Keropian Olmos has developed into a key figure in the Hispanic film corridor between San Antonio and Hollywood. Both an award winning TV producer (IMAGEN Latin Image Award) and diplomat for the American Latino film, Brandon is a key figure in the San Antonio film industry.   - *Board Member*, Alameda Theater  - *Board Member*, Contemporary Arts & Literature Organization  - *Board Member*, Cesar E. Chavez Legacy and Educational Fund  - *Board Member*, LULAC Council for the Arts  - *Winner,* IMAGEN *Latin Image Award *  - *Winner, Tele Award*  - *Member*, Motion Picture Editors Guild, Hollywood Local 700

Leif Tilden, Producer

Leif Tilden was born in Boston, Massachusetts and lived with his mother Anne Kilborn in Berkeley, California before being raised by his father after his mother's untimely death. Leif moved to New York City at 18 to attend NYU's Tisch School of the arts to study Dance, Film and Experimental Theatre. After NYU was co-founder of the Fragile Anchor Theatre Company in the Lower East side and was also a member of the Manhattan Class Company. Leif has worked with Theater Directors Joseph Chaikin, Robert Wilson, Jerzy Grotowski, Anne Bogart and Kevin Kuhlke. After NYU, Leif then landed the role of Donatello in the first two Teenage Mutant Turtle Movies and worked on several projects after that with the Jim Henson Company. He later studied with the late Cinematographer Sven Nykvist in Sweden. wrote and directed his first short film, entitled 'biglove' which premiered at the Sundance Film festival. His official directorial debut,'Life at These Speeds' is hoping to open sometime in 2016.

Mallory Sparr, Co-Producer

Originally from San Antonio, Texas, Mallory Sparr has spent nearly a decade working with top-tier talent and studios such as NBC Universal and Warner Bros. Current projects include the highly anticipated Justin Timberlake-produced musical Trolls at DreamWorks Animation, to be released in November 2016. Mallory has worked on a broad range of projects including Usher’s DJ Got US Fallin’ In Love (Again) music video and the popular talent search competition show America’s Got Talent. Personally, Mallory’s connection to GUS stems back to the 1700s, when Spain sent 16 families to settle San Antonio. Mallory is a direct descendant of the strong Latino families that first settled and built San Antonio, and her ties to the local and Latino community has remained reflective of that heritage.

Isidro Aguirre, Manuscript Author

Mr. Aguirre is a Latino Civil Rights archivist and independent researcher in Mexican American Civil Rights from the 1940s to 1950s. He has worked off and on as a political consultant for city, county, state and national political campaigns. An important part of his consultant work includes writing and editing speeches for political candidates as well as Latino Civil Rights organizations. In the 1980s he worked as a Journalist for CBS, NBC, Texas television affiliates where he served as a Reporter, News Anchor, and News Director.  During this time period he also worked as radio reporter and News Director at several radio stations in South Texas.  In 1997 he was the lead curriculum writer for the P.B.S. documentary, “The U.S.- Mexican  War” of 1846; the documentary won an Emmy in 1997. The educational curriculum packet based on the series was the recipient  of an N.E.A. award for “Best Educational Curriculum” for that particular division in 1997. Aguirre holds a Master’s Degree in the Humanities from Southern Methodist University with course work concentration in Economics. Aguirre is also a National/State Advanced Placement Consultant for the College Board.  Mr. Aguirre is the author of the manuscript Dawn of the Matador, on which GUS is based.