Los Angeles, California | Film Short

Drama, Film-Noir

Gerry Maravilla

1 Campaigns | California, United States

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A young man is lured into the world of backyard boxing in order to save his mother's life.

About The Project

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  • The Team
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The Story

My goal is to craft a compelling story, featuring a diverse cast of Filipino and Mexican Americans that honestly reflects the people who live in the Valley, people whom have never really been portrayed on film. 
Growing up mixed race, I never really saw myself or my friends represented in the movies. As cultural representation inches its way into the national dialogue, audiences continue to challenge the old fashioned way of thinking that says films featuring diverse casts are only for niche audiences.
With Cross, I have an opportunity to make a film with multicultural characters who are the major players in a story that more mainstream movies would White wash. 
To take the next step in my filmmaking career and to make this film a reality, I’ll need to enlist a veteran crew and professional equipment. This includes, but is not limited to, professional actors, a camera, lenses, lights, make-up, costumes, props, as as well as funds for post production, color correction, sound mixing, film festival entry fees, and of course the basics likes food, water and coffee.
With your help, I will draw upon a talented cast and crew in order to craft an emotionally compelling and culturally honest story that will speak to all audiences.



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Cash Pledge

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Costs $1,000

We have an AMAZING DP who is letting us use his RED Dragon for a huge discount. Help us pay him!

First Assistant Director

Costs $450

A set can only run smoothly if the AD is there to move things along. Are you an AD? Great! Join us.

Production Designer

Costs $450

A Production Designer will help the world of our film feel real and lived in.

Make Up Artist

Costs $375

Boxing causes bruises & cuts. We need someone to add those with make-up so we keep our actors pretty

Script Supervisor

Costs $375

How does a director remember the shots & how they will cut together? He asks the Script Supervisor.

First Camera Assistant

Costs $375

We need to have our film in focus and since we are shooting handheld, our DP needs help.

Second Camera Assistant

Costs $300

When the DP needs to switch lenses and have someone slate the scene, he relies on the 2nd AC.

Digital Imaging Technician

Costs $300

Since we're shooting digital, we're gonna need someone to sort & organize the gigabytes of footage.

Art Director

Costs $375

The Producer Designer's partner in crime.

Key Grip

Costs $375

The MacGyver of any film set and a vital part of the DP's team.

Best Boy (grip)

Costs $300

MacGyver Jr.


Costs $375

An electrical expert and an important part of the DP's team.

Best Boy (Electrical)

Costs $300

The Gaffer's plucky sidekick.

Stunt Coordinator

Costs $250

For a believable, but SAFE, boxing match, we have a top-notch Fight Choreographer.

Production Sound Mixer

Costs $450

The number one tell of low-budget filmmaking: poor sound. Let's make sure we have clear dialogue.


Costs $1,000

Producers make things happen & our professional team is giving us a great 2-for-1 deal.

Production Insurance

Costs $910

Sadly, safety is often overlooked in the indie film world. Help keep our crew safe & insured!

Craft Services Food

Costs $300

Gotta make sure we keep those blood sugar levels high so we reach our production goals.


Costs $400

A well-fed crew is a happy crew.


Costs $500

Murphy's Law. It's always good to have some Rainy Day money.

Sound Designer

Costs $250

A sound designer mixes all the post-production sound.


Costs $1,000

To sort through our hours of footage and cut together the film, we'll need an Editor.

Prop Package

Costs $250

Our actors need boxing gloves and other props to full realize the screenplay.

Wardrobe package

Costs $250

Costumes for our actors.


Costs $1,000

A Colorist will add that final layer of finishing to the completed short & provide a final output.

Festival Fees

Costs $340

For Cross to screen at festivals, we're gonna have to submit & pay the entry fees.

DCP Creation

Costs $350

We need a DCP to screen at film festivals.

Lighting Package

Costs $1,500

This includes both the Lighting & Grip Packages.

Lenses - Arri / Zeiss Ultra Prime Set

Costs $600

Professional lenses for professional image quality.

Accessories - Stabilizers

Costs $300

We'll be shooting handheld and will need an Easyrig to stabilize the camera.

About This Team



Writer/Director/Executive Producer: Gerardo 'Gerry' Maravilla

Gerry is a Mexican­American independent filmmaker living in Los Angeles, CA. He is passionate about projects that focus on outsiders of the mainstream American and pop­culture experience.
In 2011, he collaborated with the youth empowerment organization, Casa Clementina, to direct a series of short documentaries on the Suchitoto Jazz Festival, a festival aimed to raise awareness of musicians in the Central American nation of El Salvador.
He earned his BA in Art History and Visual Arts with an emphasis in Film and Media Studies from Occidental College. His short sci­fi thriller, "Patient 1221," and its accompanying alternate reality game received distinction from his graduating class.
His 2010 short "Donna", premiered at the Action on Film Festival and has earned over fourteen thousand views on Vimeo.
Executive Producer: B. Rich Adams
B. Rich Adams is the CEO of Brightsparks Entertainment as well as head of development and a partner in Rio Vista Universal. With a varied and diverse background in music production, technology, hosting, TV production and screenwriting, he has worked on numerous creative and commercial projects, from chart topping singles and music videos to award winning shorts and commercials.
In 2009, after forming a sketch comedy group with F.S.U. Film School students, B. Rich started writing scripts for TV and then 
went on to produce and co-host the local hit TV show “ Live In Tallahassee”. After three seasons, he moved on to pursue screenwriting professionally.
In 2012, B. Rich moved to Los Angeles. As a producer on several projects such as docu-reality series “Back From the Dead” scripted serial “Attaché ” and “The Shift” TV series, he manages a diverse slate of scripted and unscripted TV and film projects in various stages of development.
Producer: Melanie DiPietro 
Melanie DiPietro is the CEO of M.A.D. Elephant, Inc. After editing for 10 years, she got her start in producing at the University of Miami where she produced three award winning short films, two of which were screened at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles. After moving to LA in 2011, she has worked on several projects as Producer, Assistant Director, or Script Supervisor. Her latest feature film, THE SHIFT, starring Leo Oliva and Danny Glover, won the Audience Choice Award at the Palm Beach International Film Festival in 2013 and just secured domestic distribution. THE SHIFT was the first feature she produced with her producing partner, Leo Oliva. The team has several projects in development.
Producer: Leo Oliva

Leo Oliva is CEO of Oliva Productions and Head of Development for M.A.D. Elephant, Inc, He graduated from the University of Miami School of Nursing in 2006. In addition to being a registered nurse, Leo is a trained actor. In 2009, he officially became a graduate of the Sanford Meisner Studio in Burbank, Calif. He was the Lead Actor/Writer/Executive Producer of THE SHIFT, starring alongside Danny Glover. Before writing THE SHIFT, Leo wrote, produced and starred in a short film, SPOILS OF WAR. His other acting credits include the FX TV show LOUIE and the feature film STRIKE ONE with Danny Trejo.


"Cross": Jason S. Mordeno
Jason S. Mordeno is an Asian American actor/filmmaker from Los Angeles, CA. Enamored with art and business, Jason devotes his time learning and crafting his skills in order to pave his way through as a student of the industry.
In 2013, Jason garnered his first acting role as a lead in an American adaptation of the popular Korean drama "Boys Over Flowers". In 2014, Jason joined Homeroom Production/Creative, an "everything" production company specializing in creative/entertainment needs as well as content creation of their own.
"Cross" will be Jason's first starring role in a short and feature film.
Jason is also a music artist under the moniker A-Son. You can check out his music and like his page below. 


Current Team