WOULD YOU BELIEVE ME if I told you both sides of the border needs the violence?

When a MOTHER & AUNT hire an alcoholic, x-army, low-level Caucasian narco, that simply goes by the name of Gringo, to smuggle a 7-year-old Mexican girl into El Paso, the Mexico-United States border virtually shuts down in search of this girl.

WHY? She is the daughter of Juárez Cartel's unscrupulous leader. Gringo soon realizes he holds cargo that potentially holds the key to the entire Chihuahua & Sonora drug routes, something the U.S. has wanted to control for years.

A non-Spanish-speaking Gringo and a non-English-speaking Mexican girl must work together to cross in a tiny border town in Arizona. But it's not so much the cartels and policía federal along the way they fear, but what's waiting for them on the U.S. side...

Based on the multi-award-winning short film (From Gringo To Grave), De Gringo a la Tumba is a race-against-time drama, set along Mexico's most lethal Northern borders. The short film won 5 awards.

From THE BORDER (1982), which stars Jack Nicholson, set in El Paso, to SICARIO (2015, 2018), which stars Benicio Del Toro, set in Nogales, Americans & Europeans have craved content on the border. But with immigration, asylum, & a wall making headlines daily, there has never been a better time to illuminate what's really happening on the border.

Because of Los Angeles’ proximity to Mexico, movies have told stories about border disputes since nearly the dawn of cinema."

  • Jacob N. Stuart
    An Addicting Picture, From Gringo To Grave, The Mailbox
  • Dani Marquez
    From Gringo To Grave
  • Daniel Griswold
    From Gringo To Grave
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  • (Currently) De Gringo a la Tumba (from Gringo To Grave), is advancing to the Second Round of the 2020 ScreenCraft Film Fund.
Writer Biography - Jacob N. Stuart

Jacob N. Stuart is an award-winning and produced international screenwriter and filmmaker, with over a decade of industry experience. His films have been screened in theaters across the world, and distributed traditionally through DVD/Blu Ray. He currently has 3 films on VOD, 2 of them on Amazon (including the award-winning feature film An Addicting Picture). He has had a long history of film festival success, with over 50 film festival appearances, winning 10 of them.

Jacob is the Founder of Screenwriting Staffing, an online screenwriting community that connects screenplays and writers with film and television industry buyers. Through his site, he has facilitated over 250 sales, options, writing jobs, and representation, including one airing on the Hallmark Channel (Bramble House Christmas). Screenwriting Staffing has a network of over 90K, which includes: writers, directors, producers, actors, and agents.

Jacob previously taught screenwriting and film at the Hollywood International Film Academy, Southern Ohio Film Association, and FilmDayton Commission. He has spoken on industry panels all across North America alongside industry veterans such as Angelo Pizzo (Rudy, Hoosiers)), Mickey Fisher (Mars, Reverie), and Mary-Jane Ruggeles (former vice-president at Disney Animation).

He's also a frequent contributor on top screenwriting/film publications, such as Final Draft, Creative Screenwriting Magazine, and MovieMaker Magazine, where he has interviewed some of Hollywood's top producers and directors, such as Stephanie Palmer (former MGM executive) Scott M. Rosenfelt (Home Alone, Mystic Pizza) and Dennis Heaton (The Order, Ghost Wars).

He was previously the Screenplay Contest Director for the Cincinnati Film Festival from 2014-2015. He was the Lead Screenplay Judge from 2014-2018 for both the Universe Multicultural Film Festival and the San Diego International Kids' Film Festival. He has held similar roles at film festivals, such as: Cincinnati 48 Hour Film Festival, Sierra Vista 48 Hour Film Festival, Golden Lion High School Film Festival, and Pepperdine ReelStories Film Festival.

Outside of screenwriting, directing, and producing, he has worked on-set (script supervisor, camera, grip, casting, sound) on projects, such as: Glee, Intervention, Gene Simmons Family Jewels, Toddlers & Tiaras, Homecoming, among many more. Jacob holds a Bachelor of Science in Entertainment Business from The Los Angeles Film School, as well as an Associates of Science in Film.

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Writer Statement

After making the award-winning short film, FROM GRINGO TO GRAVE, I decided to write a feature script based off the concept. We have created a pitch deck, business plan, and website for the film, and hope that any success the screenplay has in contests will help promote the film to investors and other creatives.

The story is set entirely in Mexico except for the last 5 pages (Arizona, US)

"I believe there is one thing you can say about liars. If you tell a lie long enough, you are committed. Both sides of the border are committed. We do not take sides in this film. It's simply to educate and inform. Having spent significant time shooting FROM GRINGO TO GRAVE on both sides of the border, I can say that without a doubt the kindest and most generous people in the world live in Juárez." -- Jacob N. Stuart (Writer-Director of DE GRINGO A LA TUMBA

"Latinos buy a fifth of all movie tickets but star in just 3 percent of all movies!"
-- The SACRAMENTO Bee (2019)

Let's change that with 'DE GRINGO A LA TUMBA'!