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Disciples of Dr. D

Dr. John A Dennis was the director of St. Mary's College "High Potential Program" for first generation bound students. He inspired and changed the lives of hundreds of students before he was killed in cold blood by one of his former students.

  • Gustavo Guardado, Jr
    Director
    Love, Concord
  • Gustavo Guardado, Jr
    Writer
    Love, Concord
  • Gustavo Guardado, Jr
    Producer
    Love, Concord
  • Virginia Saenz
    Producer
    Love, Concord
  • Sandra Guardado
    Producer
    Love, Concord
  • Project Type:
    Screenplay
  • Genres:
    Drama, Biopic
  • Number of Pages:
    98
  • Language:
    English
  • First-time Screenwriter:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Official Selection HBO NY Latino Film Festival
    New York, NY
    August 16, 2012
    Official Selection
Writer Biography - Gustavo Guardado, Jr

Was born in San Salvador, El Salvador. His parents settled in the San Francisco Bay Area after civil war broke out in their native country. The suburban city of Concord became home for Gustavo and it’s where he found his love for cinema. In high school Gustavo took video production and went on to concentrate his studies on film and video production at St. Mary’s College of California where he received his BA in Communication in 2001. Gustavo then went to Loyola Marymount University and earned his MFA in Film Production in 2005.

After working in Hollywood at the famed movie advertising agency, The Ant Farm, and teaching video at his alma mater, St. Mary’s College; Gustavo decided to focus his full resources and energy on producing and directing Love, Concord. The film was Gustavo’s semi-autobiographical story and his feature length directorial debut. The film was produced on a micro budget and with the resources Gustavo pooled together via his connections with students and even faculty of St. Mary’s College.

Love, Concord was an official selection of the HBO New York Latino Film Festival in 2012 where it had it’s world premiere. It was also an official selection of the 2013 Miami Latino Film Festival and would end up getting a distribution deal with Film Works Entertainment in 2013. The film was released on DVD, Hulu, and iTunes to critical success where it made two top 10 Latino films of 2013 from respected Latino cinema blogs.

Gustavo is currently teaching video production classes for his sixth year at Heritage High School in Brentwood, Ca. Through Gustavo’s program the school has built a reputation for having a state of the art and rigorous video program. Many of Gustavo’s student’s who have applied to film school have been accepted to such schools as New York University, Loyola Marymount University and Cal State North Ridge.

Gustavo is such a champion for student filmmaking he initiated and is the director of the Opificer Media Student Film Festival which showcases short students films from around the world. The festival is in it’s second year and not only gives students an outlet to screen their work, students win awards and prizes which are donated through local sponsorship. The profits earned from this student film festival are donated to the video program at Heritage High School.

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Writer Statement

My dogma for filmmaking is to tell stories without selling out characters of color to main stream stereotypes. My stories aim to prove that stories about minorities don't only have to appeal to minorities.