Private Project

Speaking Out

Three gay men, Jose, Charlie, and Rigg, plagued by trauma of their own, undergo an emotional journey toward healing to become resilient, overcome their past, and finally speak out.

  • John Solis
  • Miguel Angel Caballero
  • Luis Antonio Aldana
  • Roxy Amezquita
  • Victor De La Torre
  • Jose Ramos
    Key Cast
  • Rigardo Antonio Rush
    Key Cast
  • Charlie Harding
    Key Cast
  • Michael Weinstein
    Key Cast
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    1 hour 25 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    June 1, 2023
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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Director Biography - John Solis

Raised in the ultraconservative bubble of Orange County, John Solis fell enamored with film through a lavish gift from his low-income mom: a beta player with two horror movies, A Nightmare on Elm Street and The Exorcist. Within minutes, he was fascinated by all there was to see: the sets, the costumes, the story. He knew that film, in whatever role he could partake in, was his natural calling. At the age of fifteen, his parents became involved in the Mexican entertainment industry as producers, and, in turn, he became a child actor in low-budget Spanish-speaking action films. By twenty-one, he had headlined over fifty films and became a household name in the action genre on the Mexican screen.

But, with the twists and turns of life, shadowed by an unspoken trauma that altered his existence, John took a break from the industry to lead himself to a similar but more creative pathway years later: directing. Putting himself through Los Angeles Film School to further learn the ropes, going from in front to behind the camera, he knew his don was to create, humanize, and tell stories. And, it was destiny to find himself as the Director and Producer of Speaking Out, a documentary that has overcome trauma in exchange for beauty, compassion, and healing.

To this day, John lives in Los Angeles, right next to the Academy Museum, with his trusty one-eyed dog named Bice. He’s always searching for a long-gone beta player and his next film project.

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Director Statement

When this project fell on my lap, I honestly didn’t know what to make of it, especially since I was in the middle of my own traumas and barely on the edges of my healing journey. I never knew how much this project would change my life creatively, professionally, and, most importantly, mentally. Speaking Out made me realize that I wasn’t the only one in this world going through trauma, but rather that many others were going through a similar path.

I created Speaking Out from a vision of vulnerability and love with the ultimate hope that it can heal people from the inside out. Jose, Charlie, and Rig are men that were so brave to open up and be vulnerable in front of our crew. In return, we all learned what it meant to meet trauma at eye level.

This project is for all those who have experienced trauma, brokenness, and setbacks but have somehow found it within themselves to speak out and finally let those demons be silenced. Was goal was for Speaking Out to be the voice one needs to let it all out.