One For All: The DJ Chris Villa Story

Rising star DJ Chris Villa seeks redemption as he competes in the 2018 Red Bull 3Style World Championship (the "Olympics of DJ-ing") as one of 6 US Finalists.

Most associate the DJ with the dark tantalizing world of nightclub culture. Drinking, drugs and sex are first among the vices we assume as part of the lifestyle. Enter DJ Chris Villa - the humble, soft-spoken husband and father of two who obliterates the stereotype while being driven by his passion for the craft. Together with his beautiful and staunchly supportive wife Terra, Chris sets an inspiring example for a successful relationship fraught with so many potential pitfalls.

An incredible story unfolds as we follow Chris' rise from obscurity, growth of his immense talent, and his perseverance through the challenges of marriage & fatherhood to create a winning set that could catapult him to superstardom.

Preconceived notions will be shattered and barriers to pursuing passions broken as the unifying power of music overcomes all. Chris shows why he's "One for All" as he lets the music do its magic and sets the stage for an explosive finale!

  • Jeremy A. Lopez
    Director
  • Jeremy A. Lopez
    Producer
    A Devil's Game
  • DJ Chris Villa
    Key Cast
    "Himself"
    Red Bull 3Style US Finalist, Official DJ of the Arizona Cardinals, Phoenix Suns, and Arizona Diamondbacks. PitBull Nation, Sway in the Morning, Power 92.3, 101.5 JAMZ
  • Terra Villa
    Key Cast
    "Herself"
  • Dj Domino
    Key Cast
    "Himself"
  • DJ Matta Villa
    Key Cast
    "Himself"
    Primetime DJ 101.5 JAMZ
  • DJ Javin
    Key Cast
    "Herself"
    Red Bull 3Style US Finalist, Official DJ of the Phoenix Suns
  • DJ J. Espinosa
    Key Cast
    "Himself"
    Red Bull 3Style World Champion, Official DJ of the Oakland Raiders
  • Jeremy A. Lopez
    Cinematography
  • Irin Iroc Daniels
    Cinematography
    Blood Ink , The System
  • Christopher Sheffield
    Cinematography
    The View From Here, Split Lip, Royals Revenge, Blood in Them Hills
  • Jeremy A. Lopez
    Editor
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature
  • Genres:
    Music, DJ, Competition, Inspirational, Underdog Story, Drama
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 51 minutes 10 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 1, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    40,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital 4K
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Distribution Information
  • Vangelis Films
    Sales Agent
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Jeremy A. Lopez

Jeremy A. Lopez is an Arizona-born actor turned Director/Filmmaker in Los Angeles, CA. His acting credits incl Shameless, The Kominsky Method, and Lake Bell's "I Do Until I Don't".

He's primarily worked behind the lens as a Producer, but his passion is Directing, Shooting & Editing which he debuts in "One For All: The DJ Chris Villa Story".

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Director Statement

“It’s pretty cool to see a story about some Mexican kid, become a superstar”.

Ironically, that quote by DJ Chris Villa (featured in the trailer) was not referring to himself. He was talking about Rock & Roll superstar Ritchie Valens, who met a pre-mature & tragic demise and who was an idol for us both growing up in the era of “La Bamba”. The thing about Chris is that while he has every reason to brag and self-aggrandize about his unbelievable talent as a world-renowned DJ, his humility is what really stood out to me as a filmmaker. I’m the one who sees Chris as a budding superstar, and I feel incredibly fortunate to have been chosen to tell his story.

Full disclosure, I was not (and now for the most part am not) a DJ fan. While I am a fan of music, I never had a favorite DJ nor followed DJ culture. Chris and I went to the same high school, but only knew each other peripherally. My five sisters were in the same grades as most of the five Villa boys, and I heard of DJ Chris from time to time. After following his career on social media for years, I reached out to him about shooting a documentary. I knew he had a substantial following and an impressive resume, and my initial ambition was just to chronicle a few of his gigs and produce something to cater to his fans and the broader DJ crowd. I was definitely not prepared for how his story was to unfold in late 2018.

A week or two before we planned to start shooting, Chris was selected as one of only 6 US Finalists in the Red Bull 3Style World Championship – which I later learned was the “Olympics of DJ-ing”. I’ll save the details for the documentary, but from then on it was clear that his story was demanding to be told and the filmmaking process came together in seemingly impossible (and transcendent) ways.

I fell in love with Chris’ passion for his craft, and the example he sets in his relationships with his powerhouse wife Terra, their two children, and the rest of the Villa clan. In a career that seemingly couldn’t be more at odds with a healthy personal and family life, Chris demolishes the DJ stereotype and serves as an inspiration for good-hearted people in our divided world.

Suffice it to say that “One for All” couldn’t be a more appropriate title. Chris’ ability to capture hearts with his musical talents was awe-inspiring, and his personal story offers something for everyone … to relate to, root for, and to fall in love with.

Jeremy A. Lopez
Director