1st STRIKE
a film by David LLAUGER MEISELMAN

SYNOPSIS
Juan Garcia, a boy on the threshold of manhood, living in a gang-controlled neighborhood, is wrongfully accused of a crime he did not commit. His uncle, Manny Garcia (Danny Trejo), an ex-5th Street Muertos shot caller, now turned actor, sacrifices himself by agreeing to do one more job for the gang in an attempt to save Juan. Aware of the judicial system’s hard-line stance against gang affiliation, Angie Garcia, Juan’s older sister, a would-be law student, engages the services of war-torn defense attorney Alan Hartford. Juan’s is life now in the so-called, “blind scales of justice.” Alan fights an upward battle against a judicial system that profiles those born on the wrong side of the street.

THE CAST
DANNY TREJO – Manny Garcia
JAMES RUSSO – Paul Fairfield
BILLY GALLO – Sgt. Veritas
FRENCH STEWART – TV Director
ALMA MARTINEZ – Mrs. Garcia
REGINALD VELJOHNSON – Judge Morris
LAWRENCE S. SMILGYS – Alan Hartford
And Introducing JUAN GARCIA – Johnny Ortiz
and
MARIA ISA – Angie Garcia
KYARA CAMPOS – Diana Garcia
ALAN CORRAL – Javier
KEVIN GONZALEZ – Norman
ANGEL LIZARRAGO – Jose
ZAHN McCLARNON – Muerto Leader
MARIANO MENDOZA – Muerto Muscle
JAMES TUMMINIA – District Attorney Ben O’ Connor
JOCELYN CRUZ – Mika
ALICIA HARRIS – Assistant D.A.
LEONEL OLIVA – Smiley
FELIPE ALEJANDRO – Officer Fregoso

THE FILMMAKERS:
DAVID LLAUGER MEISELMAN – Director / Producer
LAWRENCE S. SMILGYS – Writer / Producer
FELIPE ALEJANDRO RAMIREZ – Producer
JAMES TUMMINIA / DANNY TREJO / BILLY GALLO – Producers

ROBERTO LONGORIA – Executive Producer

LAWRENCE S. SMILGYS and HOWARD COHEN – Screenplay
DAVID CHRISTENSON – Director of Photography
JOHANNA JENKINS – Production Designer
DAVID BETANCES – Editor
EVELYNE MARTINEZ – Costume Designer
JOHNNY WILSON – Music Composer
EDWARD PADILLA – Casting Director

CAST BIOS:

DANNY TREJO as Manny Garcia
I love playing the bad guy in movies, because the bad guy always dies. That’s the real world. If someone asked me to play a bad guy that always gets away with it, I’d pass. That’s the very message I preach to youths who are in crisis and in trouble…the bad guy always loses and the good guy always wins. It’s the one-thing movies and real life see eye-to-eye on.

Danny Trejo has developed a prolific career in the movie business, yet his road to success has been hard earned and everything but typical. From imprisonment to helping young people battle drug addiction, acting to producing, the name, face, and achievements of Danny Trejo are well recognized in Hollywood.
Danny grew up on the streets of Los Angeles. Despite spending the latter part of his youth and early adulthood incarcerated, Danny rose to great accomplishment. Upon his release from San Quentin, he became involved in programs aimed at helping those who, like him, battle drug and alcohol addictions.

Years later, Danny went to the set of RUNAWAY TRAIN to offer support to a man he’d been counseling. He was immediately offered a role as a convict. Danny has since gone on to star in dozens of films including: DESPERADO, the FROM DUSK ‘TIL DAWN film series, HEAT (Robert De Niro, Al Pacino), CON AIR (Nicolas Cage), ONCE UPON A TIME IN MEXICO (Johnny Depp), and the series of SPY KIDS movies. Danny can also be seen in the independent films SHERRY BABY (Maggie Gyllenhaal), DELTA FARCE (Dan Whitney AKA “Larry the Cable Guy”), and both Rob Zombie films THE DEVIL’S REJECTS and HALLOWEEN. He was seen in Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino’s GRIND HOUSE which led to a spin-off movie from the original trailers called MACHETE in which Danny plays the anti-hero of the story, an ex-federale with a gift for wielding a blade who hides out as a day-laborer and is double-crossed by a corrupt state senator. Danny has recently completed shooting VIOLET & DAISY, where he stars alongside James Gandolfini and Alexis Bledel. Danny has recently appeared in MUPPETS MOST WANTED and BAD ASS 3, in which he stars as a Vietnam War veteran who sets out to find the murderer of his best friend. Danny’s other recent work includes: PREDATORS directed by Nimrod Antal, in which Danny stars opposite Topher Grace and Adrian Brody and DEATH RACE 2 with Sean Bean and Ving Rhames. He’s also appeared on numerous television shows. Danny recurs on the series KING OF THE HILL as well as the new Warner Bros. animated series YOUNG JUSTICE which will air on Cartoon Network, voicing the character of Bane, Batman’s Nemesis. Trejo has appeared on MONK, starring Tony Shalhoub, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, STARGATE: ATLANTIS, BREAKING BAD starring Bryan Cranston, THE GOODGUYS starring Colin Hanks and SONS OF ANARCHY. He also serves as one of the STRIKE ONE producers.

In 2000, Danny formed his production company Starburst where his first endeavors into producing was the award-winning short AN EYE FOR TALENT followed by THE ANIMAL FACTORY, directed by Steve Buscemi. MY FATHER’S FLAG is the next feature in development under that banner, a film about a young soldier’s conflict between his father and country and his evolution into a patriot. Danny continued to create “Trejo 4.0 Productions” which produced the film HIGH HOPES and was acquired by Maple Pictures/Lionsgate Canada. It’s a story about a group of Hollywood hopefuls who decide to steal marijuana from the FBI with the plan of returning it and using the reward money to finance their movie. The film stars Jason Mewes, David Faustino, Corin Nemec, Jason Marsden, Eddie Furlong, Robert Rodriguez, Andy Dick, and Michael DeLorenzo.

Despite his impressive list of credits, it’s his continual role as a devoted father of three and as an intervention counselor that bring him the most satisfaction.

JAMES RUSSO as Paul Fairfield
A Manhattan-born character player who attended New York University, actor James Russo wrote and starred in a prize-winning short film, “The Candy Store,” while attending college. His first big film break was as a convenience store robber in “Fast Times at Ridgemont High.” Possessed with a stare that can bring shivers down one’s back, he has been quite the accessible villain over the years, memorably portraying a number of gritty psychopaths and gangsters, among other undesirables. Surprisingly, Russo is not a name or commodity, yet an intense and dependable “tough guy” performer he has proven to be. One only needs to be reminded of his sadistic sexual animal role in “Extremities” on stage (in which he won a 1983 Theatre World) and in film (in which he terrorized Farrah Fawcett), to recall how chillingly effective he can be. Other roles in films include Kevin Costner’s “The Postman” and “Open Range,” plus “Beverly Hills Cop,” “We’re No Angels,” “Donnie Brasco,” “No Way Home,” and a number of low-budget crimers. On stage, he has “Welcome to Andromeda,” “Deathwatch,” “Marat/Sade” and the afore-mentioned “Extremities” to his credit. Russo appeared opposite Johnny Depp in Roman Polanski’s “The Ninth Gate,” and portrayed mobster “Victor Mura” in TV’s short-lived, Falcone, the following year. More recently, he offered a penetrating cameo as Frank Sinatra in “Stealing Sinatra” and the Quentin Tarrantino’s Academy-Award winning “Django Unchained.”

BILLY GALLO as Sgt. Veritas
Billy has a long career of acting in film and television, notably the 2006 Best Picture Oscar winner, “Crash.” His extensive credits include “Pretty Woman” and “Color of Day” which wrote, and is producing and directing, now in pre-production. On TV he has guest-starred in numerous hits such as “Criminal Minds,” “CSI: NY,” “ER,” “NYPD Blue” and the long-running daytime drama, “General Hospital.” He is also one of the producers of “Strike One.”

FRENCH STEWART as the Director
French Stewart became an overnight sensation as one of the stars of the ensemble comedy “3rd Rock from the Sun.” He has appeared in many TV shows (“The Middle,” “Criminal Minds” and “The Closer”) and currently stars in CBS’s Emmy-winning comedy, “Mom.” He recently starred in a bio play on the life of Buster Keaton at the legendary Pasadena Playhouse, receiving rave reviews. He has appeared in over 20 films.

ALMA MARTINEZ as Mrs. Garcia
Gifted actress Alma Martinez has honed her craft, studying under Lee Strasberg and Anne Deveare Smith, to name a few with. In her vast career, she gained acclaimed for her role in 1981 “Zoot Suit” and went on to appear in “St. Elsewhere,” “Miami Vice,” “Nash Bridges” and more recently the critically acclaimed TV series, “The Bridge.”

REGINAL VELJOHNSON as Judge Morris
New York-born veteran actor Reginald VelJohnson has long been considered one of Hollywood’s most versatile actors, effortlessly comfortable in comedy and drama. He gained fame in “Die Hard” stealing scenes from Bruce Willis and then when on to portray one of TV’s favorite dad’s in the hit ABC series “Family Matters.” His countless credits also include “Die Hard 2,” “Crocodile Dundee” and “Ghostbusters.” On the small screen he has also guest starred in “Mike & Molly,” “Bones” and “TRON: Uprising.” He is currently a series regular on “Hart of Dixie.”

LAWRENCE S. SMILGYS as Alan Hartford
Lawrence is a first generation American, the son of Eastern European World War II refugees. He began his theatre training at Santa Monica College and was part of an inaugural exchange program with England’s prestigious Guilford School of Acting. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and upon returning to LA has appeared in numerous films, episodic television shows, theatre productions and commercials. Credits include: “The Crow,” “Raven,” “Blink of an Eye,” “League of Old Men,” “Charmed,” “The Outsiders,” “Tour of Duty,” “The Big Leaf Tobacco Co.” The screenplay, Strike One marks his first feature to be produced for the screen.

JOHNNY ORTIZ as Juan Garcia
The young native of Los Angeles is now starring in the ABC series “American Crime” opposite Emmy winner Felicity Huffman. He made his theatrical debut in “Ali” starring Will Smith and appeared in “Southland” and the upcoming film “McFarland USA” starring Oscar winner Kevin Costner and nominee Maria Bello.

MARIA ISA as Angie Garcia
Born in Minnesota to NuyoRican parents (New York-Puerto Ricans), Maria Isa began her arts education at El Arco Iris Center for the Arts in 1992, and quickly progressed from the role of student to the role of singer, songwriter, emcee, instructor and performing artist. Her 2007 M.I. Split Personalities and 2009 release of Street Politics, has received much critical acclaim using her talent to create social change and labeling her as a woman proud of her heritage. Isa acted in the indie film Strike One in Hollywood with Danny Trejo; and her recent solo project Valley of the Dolls has been creating a buzz with the release of her latest singles and videos for Sabotage and Maruca.

In 2002 she co-founded the dance group, Raices, whose mission is to conserve ancestral Puerto Rican heritage through folkloric music and dance. She has been nominated for a Minnesota Music “Best Hip-Hop Artist” Award, and was recognized as a 2010 Rising Star by the National Hispaña Leadership Institute for her outstanding work with Youthrive on behalf of working and educating incarcerated youth throughout the Twin Cities. She has also been honored for her involvement with the international organization Peace Jam on behalf of hosting several Nobel Peace Prize Laureates.

FILMMAKER BIOS:
DAVID LLAUGER MEISELMAN – Director / Producer
David was born in New York City, raised in Chicago and now lives in Los Angeles. He has produced and directed an array of plays, poetry slams, television pilots, radio shows, documentaries, animated series and a feature-length motion picture: “Paris Falls” (1999), “Urban Graffiti- Live Poetry Slam” (2001-2005), “El Matadero” (2004), “Sunday Evening Haircut” (2005), “Transformations” (2006), “Love, Lives and Revolution” (2007), “Virgin Love” (2007), “Red Colombian Sky” (2009) “Hello and…Goodbye!” (2009) and “Strike One” (Present).

FELIPE ALEJANDRO RAMIREZ
Felipe was born in Baja California, Mexico and grew up in East Los Angeles. He attended the University of California at Riverside, where he double majored in Political Science and Theatre, and opted for a life in the arts, rather than politics. He holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Acting from the Arizona State University Professional Actor Training Program where he worked with the like of Marshall W. Mason. He eventually went on to perform across the country. Upon returning to Los Angeles he worked in television (CSI, NCIS: Los Angeles, and Major Crimes), commercials and film.

He has served on the board of directors for Nosotros (founded by the late Ricardo Montalban). In addition, he has been instrumental in bringing about a theatre renaissance within the Latino community. In 2002, he produced and directed the wildly funny “Laughin’ Out Latin” and received recognition for his stylish directorial effort in “Abuelo’s Legacy.” He went on to produce the American Latino New Plays Festival, and directed the “2006 American Latino Actors Showcase.” In 2007, he directed “Virgin Love,” produced by David Llauger Meiselman for the Ricardo Montalban Repertory Theatre Company (RMRTC). In 2008, Felipe and David ventured out on their own with the founding of the American Latino Theatre (AmLT). Felipe continued to grow as he moved into film production. He teamed up with David Llauger Meiselman and Lawrence Smilgys to bring “Strike One” to life.

LAWRENCE S. SMILGYS – Writer / Producer
DANNY TREJO – Producer (See Cast Bios)
BILLY GALLO – Producer (See Cast Bios)

JAMES TUMMINIA – Producer
The New York City native has produced for TV, film and digital media. His film-producing credits also include the US/Spanish co-production of “Violet,” directed by award-winning writer/director, Luiso Berdejo, and “Secrets of An Unborn Child,” directed by Gabriela Tollman, and now in post-production. For TV, James has produced for many of the broadcast and cable networks, including TV specials and series. In the digital media world, James produced the pilot and web series of “Vendetta.” He has also written, produced and cast a series of short films, and makes his directorial debut in “My Christmas Wish,” scheduled to be released this Christmas. His acting credits include “Resident Evil: Extinction,” “Angels & Demons,” “The Shield,” “Melissa & Joey,” “Las Vegas” and “The Shoes Maketh the Man” which has won multiple award at worldwide film festivals. On the stage, he has appeared in “Virgin Love” and “The Normal Heart.”

HOWARD COHEN – Co-Writer
Since 1993, Howard M. Cohen has been a criminal defense trial lawyer in Los Angeles County specializing in hardcore gang cases. As trial counsel in dozens of felony cases, he has encountered innumerable characters whose very lives hang in the balance and regard him as a deity or potential savior. With a client base consisting exclusively of Latino/Hispanic defendants, he has come to identify with their personalities, characteristics, and their culture as a whole. In this position of trust, he has been as “inside” as one of their own: especially during times of extreme crisis and jeopardy, times which reveal everything about an individual and a people.

JOHANNA JENKINS – Production Designer
Notable credits include “Finding Harmony” starring Alison Eastwood and Billy Zane, and “The List” starring JoBeth Williams and Eddie Kaye Thomas. She also adds costume designer and special make-up effects to her talents.

JOHNNY WILSON – Music Composer
Johnny Wilson has also composed “Pendejo” starring Danny Trejo and “A Single Woman” starring Rosanna Arquette, Oscar nominated Karen Black and Peter Coyote. He is also an accomplished sound designer and editor with numerous credits.
DAVID BETANCES – Editor
Born and raised in Chicago, David Betances graduated from New York University’s: Tisch School of the Arts and has since worked as an independent screenwriter, producer, director and editor in Los Angeles, CA. Having experienced the structural development of “Strike One” from the very first draft through its festival presentation, the film validates David’s commitment to collaborate with confident filmmakers that embrace diversity in American storytelling.

EDWARD PADILLA – Casting Director
Edward is one of the creative forces behind Casa 0101, one of Los Angeles’ premier theatre companies. He cast the TV series “Fixing Paco” starring Paul Rodriguez. As an actor, he has appeared in numerous TV and film productions including a recurring character on ABC’s “Suburgatory.”

STRIKE ONE
Production Notes
Running Time: 1 hr : 39 min
Aspect Ratio: 1.85 (USA)
Film Sound: Dolby Digital EX
Camera: Cannon Mark 7D with Zeiss lens
Locations: Los Angeles, California and Boyle Heights, California