Dogs & Tacos

High school junior Alma Pantaleon arrives at her after-school work shift at a local South Los Angeles taqueria. Instead of tacos-and-burritos-as-usual, things get complicated when she finds herself stuck baby-sitting a former boyfriend's younger brother, who's no longer the "sweet little boy" she remembers.

  • Steve Bachrach
  • Steve Bachrach
  • Ceindy Mata, Abraham Osuna, Carmela Pérez, Blanca Pérez
  • Venecia Troncoso
    Key Cast
    Mosquita Y Mari, Eugenia and John, Madoggin', The Chosen, etc...
  • David Gurrola
    Key Cast
    Shameless, The League of Ordinary Superkids...
  • Laura Patalano
    Key Cast
    Mosquita Y Mari, Eugenia and John, FIrst Girl I Loved...
  • Cesar Hernández
    Key Cast
    The Beautiful Struggle, Ana Maria in Novela Land, Las Zetas, Comedy Central...
  • Kate Roughan
    Executive Producers
    Day Out Of Days
  • Mark Rosner
    Executive Producers
    The Rock (Screenwriter), Blue Bloods (TV)
  • Jorge Nuño
    Executive Producers
  • Nausheen Dadabhoy
    La Femme de la TGV, 20 Regeln fur Sylvie, Half the Distance...
  • Brian Nguyen
    1st Asst. Camera
    currently in AFI's Cinematography program! One for the future.
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    Drama, Urban, Teen, Latino
  • Runtime:
    16 minutes 33 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 1, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    18,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English, Spanish
  • Shooting Format:
    1080p HD Video
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Los Angeles International Short Film Festival ("LAshortsFest")
    Los Angeles
    United States
    September 4, 2016
    World Premiere
  • Tulipanes Latino Film Festival
    Holland, Michigan
    United States
    September 17, 2016
    Midwestern U.S. Premiere
  • San Francisco Latino Film Festival
    San Francisco, CA
    United States
    September 18, 2016
    Northern California Premiere
  • HollyShorts FF Screening at the Chinese Theatre
    Hollywood, CA
    United States
    September 29, 2016
    Audience Award
  • Fesancor (Chilean National Short Film Festival)
    Santiago, Chile
    October 24, 2016
    South American Premiere
    Jury Award: Best Intercultural Theme
  • Huatulco Film and Food Festival
    Huatulco, Oaxaca
    March 31, 2017
    Mexico Premiere
  • Zamoxis Short Film Showcase
    Santa Monica
    United States
    November 4, 2016
  • CineFestival San Antionio
    San Antonio, Texas
    United States
    February 25, 2017
    Texas Premiere
  • Nevada Women's Film Festival
    Las Vegas, Nevada
    United States
    March 25, 2017
    Nevada Premiere
  • Independent Film Festival, Boston (IFF Boston)
    United States
    April 27, 2017
    Massachusetts Premiere
  • New Haven International Film Festival
    New Haven
    United States
    May 4, 2017
    Connecticut Premiere
  • Independent Filmmakers Showcase (IFS) Film Festival
    Beverly Hills, CA
    United States
    May 6, 2017
    Beverly Hills (and IFS) Premiere
  • Philadelphia Latino Film Festival
    Philadelphia, PA
    United States
    June 2, 2017
    Pennsylvania & Philadelphia Premiere
  • Lighthouse International Film Festival
    Long Beach Island, New Jersey
    United States
    June 8, 2017
    New Jersey Premiere
  • Ipiales Cine Sin Fronteras
    June 2, 2017
    Colombian Premiere
  • Latino Film Market
    New York
    United States
    July 29, 2018
    New York Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Woods Hole Film Festival
    Woods Hole, MA
    United States
    August 2, 2017
    Official Selection
  • Georgia Latino Film Festival
    Atlanta, Georgia
    United States
    September 8, 2017
    Georgia Premiere
    Official Selection
  • United Latino Film Festival
    Cleveland, Ohio
    United States
    August 3, 2018
    Ohio Premiere
    Dramatic Short Award
  • Santa Cruz Film Festival
    Santa Cruz, CA
    United States
    October 13, 2017
    Evan Kuhn Award for Best Youth Subject
  • Marina Del Rey Film Festival
    Marina Del Rey, CA
    United States
    October 5, 2018
    Dramatic Short Award
  • Cine Pojichá
    Teófilo Otoni, Minas Gerais
    November 5, 2018
    Brazilian Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Berlin International Film Festival
    February 17, 2018
    European & German Premieres
  • Las Cruces International Film Festival
    Las Cruces, NM
    United States
    March 10, 2018
    New Mexico Premiere
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Steve Bachrach

Steve Bachrach was born in San Diego, CA, near the international border. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley (Political Science) and later an Interdisciplinary Masters in Film and Fine Art from California Institute of the Arts. Steve's subsequent trajectory as a writer-director took an unexpected turn soon after, when he was approached by Virginia Preciado, Principal of South-Central Los Angeles' Jefferson High School, to establish a filmmaking program at the school. What he'd thought of originally as a short-term experience evolved into 17 years of inner-city art instruction and community activism, graduation rates double the rate of the school at large, 20 student films exhibited at The Sundance Festival, a few thousand quality relationships, and numerous awards. Steve also maintains a residence in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas, where he founded an after-school program, "La Chozita", for indigenous Mayan elementary and secondary school students in 1997.

"Dogs & Tacos", a collaboration with former students Abraham Osuna, Ceindy Mata, and Carmela Perez, marks his return to full-time filmmaking. Steve is a Feature Film Program Fellow of the Sundance Institute with the upcoming feature project "Pueblo Venenoso", also in partnership with Carmela, Abraham, and Ceindy. "Pueblo Venenoso" shares both protagonist and setting with "Dogs & Tacos".

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Director Statement

Several years ago, Carmela, Ceindy, Abraham and I began envisioning a comprehensive project aimed at depicting South-Central Los Angeles and its inhabitants in ways that defied existing stereotypes and depicted the vibrancy, resilience and creativity of one of Southern California's most complex and historic neighborhoods.

Dogs and Tacos presents a fiery, ambitious, and responsible high school Junior, Alma Pantaleon, working at her after-school job, a process quickly interrupted by a visit from an ex-boyfriend, the after-effects of which radically alter the rest of her evening.