DE GRINGO A LA TUMBA
Please take a look at our published pitch deck here: www.screenwritingstaffing.com/gringo
Our business plan here: www.screenwritingstaffing.com/investors-producers
You can view our attached cast here: www.imdb.com/title/tt12186708
Our feature screenplay is based on our short film. You can learn more about our award-winning short here: www.imdb.com/title/tt10125722
The creator of DE GRINGO A LA TUMBA: www.imdb.com/name/nm3714544
'BONNIE & CLYDE' MEETS 'MAN ON FIRE'
De Gringo a La Tumba is an independent feature film to be shot and produced in the United States and Mexico. It is an intense, edge-of-your-seat, crime drama, involving a seven-year-old girl trying desperately to re-unite with her mother across the Mexico border, in the United States, with the help of a burnt out, chain-smoking, alcoholic Gringo.
The story is about family, loyalty, redemption, and friendship. Can a man forget his past failures and help an innocent child…? Is he willing to risk his life and make the ultimate sacrifice to ensure the safety of a young girl…? Can he find something more important than himself to live for…? When the mission gets too dangerous, Gringo prefers to take the easy road and save himself, but that naïve look in the eyes of the child that he’s agreed to help tells him that her life depends on him to be brave and strong. To be a hero.
We’ve all seen movies that have taken place on the U.S./Mexico border. They’ve shown audiences the dangerous underworld of drug smuggling and Mexican gangs and cartels, but De Gringo a La Tumba has something that those other films lack, heart. Imagine a road trip between a seven-year-old girl, wise beyond her years, and a middle-aged, non-Spanish-speaking Gringo. The relationship has all the emotional complexity of a father trying to raise an orphaned child, or the exact opposite, a child trying to raise a negligent and irresponsible father. It’s a race-against-time for this odd couple, dodging bounty hunters, CIA agents, and cartel hitmen, while learning to understand and respect each other and escape a desolate and dangerous landscape.
This project began as a short film titled, From Gringo to Grave. Since its completion in February 2020, From Gringo to Grave has been screened in film festivals across the world, including the United States, Mexico, Germany, India, Russia, and Slovakia. The short film took home awards for best picture as well as best screenplay, proving that this story resonates with international audiences. Our world is divided by borders, yet the most important thing inside of each border are the people. Humanity transcends borders. De Gringo a La Tumba is more than just a border-war story between the United States and Mexico, it’s about the humanity of the people who exist on opposite sides of the border, yet strive to do what is morally right. Any international audience will understand this concept regardless of language or culture.
We invite you to view our production package. You’ll see that we’ve already cast an eclectic ensemble of talented actors and actresses from both Mexico and the United States, and that we’ve assembled an experienced crew of producers who are dedicated to completing this film and seeing it released in movie theaters, film festivals, and on streaming platforms. Our director is a talented and ambitious young man, with many years of screenwriting and directing experience notched upon his belt. We’ve created what we consider a recipe for success and we invite you to come aboard and take a look around. We think you’ll be impressed by what you see and we look forward to having you join us on this exciting endeavor.
Jacob N. StuartWriterAn Addicting Picture, From Gringo To Grave, The Mailbox
Dani MarquezCo-WriterFrom Gringo To Grave
Daniel GriswoldCo-WriterFrom Gringo To Grave
Number of Pages:93
Country of Origin:United States
(Currently) De Gringo a la Tumba (from Gringo To Grave), is advancing to the Second Round of the 2020 ScreenCraft Film Fund.
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.
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'!