Gonella Productions

Gonella Productions



LANGUAGE: English, Spanish | SUBTITLES: English

Genre: Drama
Running Time: 22 minutes 07 seconds
Year of production: 2014


Benigno is a recent immigrant to the U.S. When he attempts to play on the local basketball court, he discovers that the local street gang, known as the 22nd Street Inmates gang, owns the court, and playing comes at a price.


Production Company: NA
Film exports/World sales: Gonella Productions


Simon Quiroz as Benigno
Joseph JT Campos as El Loco
RJ Serra as Roberto “Saltapatras”
Tony LaThanh as Jinsung
Chase Joliet as Chase
Paula Brooks as Rowena
Christina Romero as Violeta
Wil Pollard as Revolver
Gabriel Peña as Flaco
Jordan LeuVoy as White Train
Taura Cherne as Glory


Director: Simon Quiroz
Screenwriter: Simon Quiroz and Britta Lundin
Producer: Stefania Bellini
Director of Photography: Huay Law
Sound: Rui Silva
Editing: Simon Quiroz
Sound Editing: Rui Silva
Music Composer: Nathan Efstation


Genre: Drama
Sub-genre: Action
Language: English / Spanish / Spanglish
Country of origin: USA
Year of production: 2014
Total running time: 22min 07seconds
Shooting format: Alexa
Color type: REC 709
Aspect ratio: 2.35
Sound format: 5.1 / Stereo


Humanitarian Award City of Oaxaca, Mexico


Oaxaca Film Festival
Cine Festival San Antonio
South Texas International Film Festival
World-fest Houston


Simon Quiroz is a filmmaker currently based in Austin, Texas. His films have screened domestically and internationally, and he is the recipient of various awards including a Humanitarian Award from the city of Oaxaca, Mexico for his film Cagers. His passion for cinema and storytelling have been fueled since his early days by a fascination with horror, science fiction, action/adventure and gangster genres. He is a Texas native raised in his early childhood in Mexico, this tale of two worlds influences the way in which he understands and tells stories. Simon’s work deals with folk tale myths that transgress the barriers of time while shaping characters that face current socio-political scenarios. Simon’s interest expands to the development and inclusion of technology as a way to challenge convention in storytelling, define forms of production, post – production and ultimately as a mechanism to reach and speak to diverse audiences. Simon teaches currently at the University of Texas Austin in the Radio, Television and Film department in the areas of post-production and immersive filmmaking. Simon has also designed and implemented advanced workflows for various projects including workflows for stereoscopic imaging and Virtual Reality. Simon’s passion for Stereoscopic 3D cinema steams from the sense of intimacy it creates between the viewer and the on-screen performers, making his audience feel as if they are watching a live theater production. Simon received his MFA from RTF at the University of Texas Austin in 2013, and also holds BA degrees in Visual Arts Media and Theatre from the University of California, San Diego.