The Gatekeeper - Opens Mar. 19
HEAVY HITTING, GRITTY AND TRUE TO LIFE, MULTIPLE AWARD WINNING DRAMA ABOUT
THE US - MEXICO BORDER OPENS IN LOS ANGELES.
Based in fact, John Carlos Frey’s self financed, independent film “The
Gatekeeper” gives audiences an opportunity to experience a world they may
have only heard about.
After wining ten national indie film festival awards in the past year,
“The Gatekeeper” makes it’s Los Angles debut for general release. John
Carlos Frey, director, writer, producer and star of the film takes the
audience on one man’s personal journey through the mysterious underground
of drug and human trafficking. “The Gatekeeper” opens at Laemmle
theaters - Los Angeles, March 19.
“The Gatekeeper” is the story of a Border Patrol agent's struggle between
conscience and self-loathing. Agent Adam Fields, a self hating, Mexican
American field officer indulges his narrow-minded beliefs by taking his
border guard position to the extreme. It isn’t until he is forced to
endure the conditions of those he has so vehemently hated that he sees the
situation from a more enlightened perspective.
“Hollywood didn’t want to tell this story, so I raised the money myself,”
says Frey who was born in Tijuana, Mexico and raised in San Diego a
quarter of a mile north of the border.
“I did extensive research and conducted numerous personal interviews with
undocumented immigrants in order to formulate the screenplay,” continues
Recently, Guadalupe, Arizona, a town of mostly Mexican migrants near
Phoenix, AZ issued an official proclamation endorsing the film “The
Gatekeeper” because of its timely themes and accurate depiction of the
criminal cruelties suffered by the undocumented.
“We know of the hardships immigrants go through,” Guadalupe Mayor Cota
said. “With this proclamation we are encouraging people everywhere to go
see the film.”
“The movie (“The Gatekeeper”) isn't so much the story of migrant journeys
as it is about migrant experiences after they get here - how easy it is to
abuse them because we pretend they don't exist,” writes staff columnist,
Ricardo Pimentel of the ‘Arizona Republic’
After seeing the film, Lisa Navarrete, VP, Office of Public Information
for The Council of La Raza (NCLR) said, “The Gatekeeper” humanizes the
tragedies of current immigration policy. This is a timely and important
“The Gatekeeper” was honored in 2002 and 2003 with the five “Audience
Choice-Best Film” awards three jury “Best Film” honors as well as awards
for “Distinguished Performance” and “Best Director” from international
film festivals across the country. The film most recently was screened
for the Hispanic Caucus in Washington, D.C. to help raise awareness. The
picture was written, directed and produced by John Carlos Frey. Executive
producer of the film is Jack Lorenz. Cast members include Frey, Michelle
Agnew, Anne Betancourt, Joel Brooks, J. Patrick McCormack, Joe Pascual and
"The Gatekeeper" opens at Laemmle Theaters Los Angeles on Friday, March 19
for general release.