When a successful entrepreneur wakes up to being a victim of a hate crime, she begins to have startling recollection of her childhood stranger abduction, which her family denies.
Based on a true story.
Gina M. Garcia - Writer/ Director/Producer
Gina M. Garcia was born in Iran while her father was working for Air America, a division of the CIA. Air America shut its doors in 1975 and her family relocated to Orlando, Florida where she grew up with her three siblings. Her childhood differed from most children. In the fall of 1981, at the age of eight, she was abducted by a stranger in a Florida shopping mall. After being brutally attacked, she narrowly escaped by jumping out of a moving car and running for her life. In the back of her mind she had always questioned why she was the lucky one. After years of soul searching she felt compelled to start making a difference and believed the greatest media to do so was through film. So step-by-step she started learning the craft of film making, working at whatever opportunities came here way. Through the years Garcia has worked in the United States and Asia in all aspects of television and film creating commercials, television shows and short films. Most recently in the spring of 2009 she moved to the Philippines for six months to shoot her first feature film, Charlie’s Eye which she wrote, directed and produced. Ms. Garcia has numerous other life accomplishments: she spent three years in the Navy assigned to NATO; created various start-up companies that have been sold at a profit; and founded an alternative transportation company that is the second largest producer of Pedicabs in the United States. Garcia is also responsible for helping the City of Orlando receive 250 miles of bicycle lanes. She has cycled across the U.S. to raise money for AIDS research and also worked as a business consultant, helping many young entrepreneurs get their start. Ms. Garcia has always set the bar high because she has had a simple driving force: she is lucky to be alive.
Gina G. Goff - Co-Producer
Gina G. Goff is the founder of Goff Productions, an independent film production company based in West Hollywood, California. Her films have garnered dozens of prestigious world-wide awards and recognition over the years for such films as Kartenspieler, He Bop!, Children of the Struggle, Roberta Loved, Seventy, Saved! (test shoot), Heavy Put-Away, Girl Play, Dropped, Out At The Wedding and Untold.
She has produced 11 films since 1998, all of which have received distribution, with such companies as FOX, MGM/UA, Viacom, Sundance Channel, Starz, Wolfe Releasing, Paramount Home Entertainment, TLA, PBS, LOGO Network, Frameline and Netflix. She prides herself on being a selective “hands on” producer in the independent film world and has a strong interest in producing inspirational “feel good” or “thought provoking” films and television projects that change people’s lives in a positive way. http://goffproductions.com
Martha Marinara – Co - Producer
Martha is an Associate Professor at the University of Central Florida where she teaches undergraduate writing and graduate courses in Rhetoric. She is director of the Information Fluency initiative on campus and teaches Writing in Digital Environments and Digital Rhetoric, among other courses. Dr. Marinara coordinates the Central Florida GLBT History Projects as part of the RICHES Grant in UCF’s History department. She earned an MA in Creative Writing (SCSU 1989) and a PhD in Rhetoric (Lehigh University 1993) and her academic publications have appeared in College Composition and Communication and The Journal of Basic Writing. She writes poetry and fiction, publishing recently in Massachusetts Review, Xavier Review, FEMSPEC, Pelican Review, and Broken Bridge Review. She won the 2000 Central Florida United Arts Award for Poetry. Dr. Marinara’s first novel, Street Angel, nominated for a Lambda Literary Award, was published in October 2006. She is hard at work on a new novel tentatively titled Breakfast in Memphis.
Patty Jenkins (Writer/Director of Monster) – Director’s Mentor
The most famous film she has directed to date is Monster, a docudrama about Aileen Wuornos. On July 14, 2011, she received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series for the pilot of The Killing. She received two nominations for the 2012 DGA Awards for Outstanding Directorial Achievement. One for " "Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series," for "The Killing" and "Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television/Mini-Series" for "FIVE". On January 28, 2012, she won the DGA award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement for a Dramatic Series for the pilot of The Killing.