RANCHERO (urban romance)
Danny Trejo (Con Air, Machete, From Dusk Till Dawn, Desperado)
Ruth Livier (Resurrection Blvd./Showtime, Drag Me to Hell, In Plain View/USA Network)
Roger Gutierrez (Boyle Heights, Outlaw Force)
Brian Johnson (Internal Affairs, Sexual Intent, Two Devils Lunch, Side Out)
Christina Woods (The District, The Shield/FX Networks, Strong Medicine/Lifetime TV)
Ranchero depicts the journey, both geographic and personal, of Jesse Torres (Roger Gutierrez), a
first generation Mexican-American with Rockabilly style and a passion for photographing everything
he sees.After the deaths of his parents, Jesse leaves the cattle ranch he has worked for twenty years and strikes out alone for the bright lights of Los Angeles. He moves next door to his estranged childhood friend Tom (Brian Eric Johnson), who has been subsisting in a low-rent Hollywood apartment. They struggle to redraw the boundaries of their friendship as Jesse comes face to face with the harsh realities of Tom’s world – a morass of drug addiction and abandoned dreams.
Unemployed and virtually unemployable in his new urban surroundings, Jesse finds that Los Angeles doesn’t quite live up to its image as a land of opportunity. He is soon reduced to working at a grocery store, herding shopping carts instead of cattle.A spark of hope comes into Jesse’s lonely existence when he forms a tentative friendship with his co-worker and neighbor Lil’ Bit (Christina Woods). Lil’ Bit lives her own life of struggle and servitude –working on the side for a small-time hustler named Capone (Danny Trejo). As Jesse’s relationship with Lil’ Bit intensifies, he decides that he must confront Capone if he wants a chance at freedom for himself and for Lil’ Bit.
At Ranchero’s climax all three main characters must accept that life’s challenges, as well as the obstacles to their own happiness, are best met and not avoided.Ranchero is an examination of the journey we all take when we leave behind the past and finally grow up – at whatever age that might be.
AWARDS & FESTIVALS:
Best of Festival – Indie Fest USA
Audience Award for Best Feature – SENE Film, Arts, and Music Festival
Best Screenplay – SENE Film, Arts, and Music Festival
Best Actor for Roger – SENE Film, Arts, and Music Festival