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We have always given a special spotlight to films that have come from our own community here. Since we started in San Diego, and have moved to Orange County, we now consider both locations for this showcase. It is odd thinking of that now that we are virtual for 2020, but it is also pretty darn cool that we get to showcase our people to an audience outside of our exact region!

Based on the true 1992 disappearance, three women with a dark secret driving out of town to start a new life and escape their old one, horrifically encounter their inevitable fates.


Director: Emmy-nominated, Top 200 Director on HBO’s Project Greenlight and award winning film director from the Bronx, New York. Gonzalez showed an interest in film at an early age. He literally was born in the same hospital as iconic director Stanley Kubrick and lived in the same neighborhood 50 years apart. Most of his youth was spent making home movies with neighborhood friends and he never doubted his inevitable path to storytelling in film.

After graduating high school and without a way to pay for film school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army amidst the devastating war raging overseas. He was deployed to Iraq and was thrown into combat at the forefront. While over there he endured a horrific, nighttime ambush; which unfortunately resulted in the loss of his best friend. Due to his bravery and sacrifice during the attack, Gonzalez was awarded an Army Commendation Medal with Valor. Despite his loss and hardship, he grew from his experiences and began documenting his day-to-day life with video cameras sent from home. The rest was history. He enrolled in the prestigious Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. While there, he developed a unique cinematic identity that caught the eye of revered Hollywood photographer, Matthew Rolston, who shortly after began mentoring him. Consequently, the mentor-ship led Gonzalez to many new opportunities in film, TV, and music. Notable projects include,"Two Way Street" for Grammy Award Winner, Kimbra (Warner Brother Records) and Novel (a period thriller short) starring James Deen (The Canyons) - which led him to a Natural Born Artist Award for Filmmaker of the Year and a 2016 Emmy Nomination.

This called the attention of Academy Award nominee Billy Weber (Top Gun, The Thin Red Line). Weber recognized Gonzalez's cinematic artistry and capacity for storytelling and the partnership led to a collaboration with legendary producer Edward R. Pressman (American Psycho, The Crow) on his life rights and experience in the Iraq War. His first novel “The Chords of War”, based on that experience - the forming of a rock n roll band to raise moral for troops and fight the enemy with music, was published by White Whisker Books in 2018. Acclaimed show runner Graham Yost (The Americans, Band of Brothers, Justified, Speed) - praised the novel and opened the book with an introduction.

Gonzalez graduated with a B.F.A. and M.A. from Art Center College of Design in August 2013 and joins other recognizable alumni such as Michael Bay, Zach Snyder, and Tarsem Singh.

In 2017, Gonzalez's directorial debut ¨Railway Spine¨ a period war and crime drama examining the psychological effects of PTSD, premiered and won the prestigious Gold Eagle Award 'Best Military Film at the San Diego International Film Festival. His true story novel is currently being optioned for television and his upcoming psychological horror short The Springfield Three is set to premiere this fall

  • Year
    2019
  • Runtime
    28 minutes
  • Language
    English
  • Country
    United States
  • Director
    Samuel Gonzalez Jr.
  • Screenwriter
    Samuel Gonzalez Jr.
  • Producer
    Samuel Gonzalez Jr., James Preston
  • Cast
    Ashlynn Yennie, Natalija Nogulich, Gigi Gustin, Michael Kunselman, John Kassir
  • Cinematographer
    Lucas Pitassi