Down for Life

ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS

Scott William Alvarez (Producer)

Scott is a filmmaker with the vision of a writer/director combined with the entrepreneurial spirit of a producer. After receiving a United States President's Medallion from George H. Bush for his academic, creative, and athletic accomplishments, Scott graduated Tau Beta Pi and Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University, where he also played varsity baseball for the Cardinal.

Scott founded Insurgency Pictures, a commercial advertising and film production company. There he wrote, produced, and directed national television commercials and marketing films for such brands as Kelly Moore Paint, Books for Dummies, and Cliff's Notes. Scott eventually sold his successful commercial business, founded Cinema Revival, and wrote the short SHELTER. Soon after, he met Patricia Anthony, critically-acclaimed author whose haunting World War I novel FLANDERS became Scott's first major motion picture project as a writer. He again collaborated with Patricia on an adaptation of her epic science-fiction thriller CONSCIENCE OF THE BEAGLE.

Currently, Scott is bringing a slate of independent projects to the screen under his Cinema Revival banner: DROWNING (in post), a psychological thriller about a mentally-ill psychiatrist who, refusing medication, returns to working with her police detective ex-husband after losing their child; LIFE AT THESE SPEEDS (preproduction), a coming-of-age drama starring Justin Long and Sam Rockwell about a rural teenager who, after losing his friends in a tragic accident, hides his overwhelming grief in his running; THE CHAIN (preproduction), a crime drama inspired by true events about a half-Mexican deputy who uncovers the murder of illegal immigrants in the meat-packing plants of Nebraska, starring Yul Vazquez and Amy Redford.

Scott also directed the 35mm romantic comedy short film SAVING SAM, which premiered at the 2007 Newport Beach Film Festival and won a Silver Award at the 2007 Houston Worldfest.

Trina Calderón (Co-writer and Associate Producer)

Writer/Producer Trina Calderon is a native of Los Angeles, California. Passionate about film and fine art, Trina is also a contributing writer for Juxtapoz Magazine and Neublack.com, and has subsequently interviewed many well-known global contemporary artists. "Down For Life" is her first feature film screenplay to be produced, and has screened at both the Toronto Film Festival and the Los Angeles Latino Independent Film Festival. She has also scribed "Graffiti Girl", a screenplay based on the Latina teen novel by Kelly Parra, which is in currently in development with producers Lucy Mukerjee and Shelley Brown.

Alan Jacobs (Director and Co-writer)

Alan Jacobs has directed six feature films, working with some of the best actors in the business including James Coburn, Brendan Fraser, Danny Glover, Timothy Hutton, Virginia Madsen, Elizabeth Pena, and Laura San Giacomo. His first film, NINA TAKES A LOVER, screened at the Toronto International Film Festival in 1994 and was later released by Columbia Pictures. AMERICAN GUN, his most recent film, was distributed by Miramax. Jacobs also directed a romantic comedy, Just One Night, and co-directed an animated feature, "Sinbad: Beyond the Veil of Mists." A New York native, Jacobs began his career as the in-house filmmaker at Apple Computer, where he wrote and directed a series of marketing films. He studied writing and literature as an undergraduate at Wesleyan University and made his first film as a graduate student at Stanford University.

DIRECTOR'S FILMOGRAPHY

  • 2010 Down for Life, feature, 91min
  • 2004 American Gun, feature, 89 min
  • 2002 Just One Night, feature, 90 min
  • 2000 Sinbad: Beyond the Veil of Mists, animated feature, 85 min
  • 1994 Nina Takes a Lover, feature, 100 min

Manny Jimenez (Co-Producer)

Writer/Producer/CEO, Manny Jimenez grew up in Los Angeles, raised by his mother and stepfather. After being shot by rival gang members and losing several friends to gang violence, he was arrested for a crime he didn't commit and was facing prison time. His innocence was proved, but the ordeal changed his perspective. He took advantage of the second chance he'd been offered and sought to create a life on new terms, giving up gangs an starting a job at Toys "R" Us to support his wife and three children. When he heard Quentin Tarantino on a talk show state that Hollywood doesn't care if you've been to jail. Jimenez took note and jumped in with both feet.

He started Suspect Entertainment, Inc., a talent management firm that specializes in "hard to find ethnic talent" and "gangster consultation." The talent ranges from character actors to tattoo artists, and Jimenez's consultation services provide genuine street dialogue, realistic locations in the "hood, and authentic props. He recruits talent from the Los Angeles area, requiring people to give up the gangster lifestyle if they want a job and teaches them professional skills for working in Hollywood. As peacemaker, Jimenez often hires his actors from other neighborhood gangs, forcing rival members to come to terms and find ways of working together.

In addition to representing actors, Suspect has become a production company, developing its own projects, including TV series, feature and documentary films that are more about redemption than the glorification of gang life. Suspect feels that it's important to teach youth the value of education and that there is a better life without drugs and gangs.

Robert Dolan (Producer)

Actor/producer Robert Dolan's past acting roles include CRIMINAL MINDS, 24, NUMBERS, ALIAS, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, WITHOUT A TRACE, SCRUBS, NYPD BLUE and ER. As a producer, Robert founded FilmGeek Productions and co-produced and starred in the L.A. revival of David Mamet's GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS. Robert also was a member of New York City's famed Circle Rep theater and has performed in numerous regional theaters including Hartford Stage, Trinity Repertory, the Public Theater and La Mama of New York City. DOWN FOR LIFE is Robert's first major film as producer.

Peter Holden (Producer)

Peter Holden has been a professional actor for over 30 years. He began his career in the regional theatre, and starred in his first international TV show at age 14. He has starred in multiple TV pilots, guest-starred in over 30 episodic TV shows, starred in over 30 films, and acted in over 50 theater productions. Notable acting credits include NCIS, Bones, Ghost Whisperer, Scrubs, Cold Case, 24, Frazier, NYPD Blue, The District, C.S.I., The Social Network (directed by David Fincher), Saints and Soldiers (winner of 21 festival best picture awards, 5 best actor awards, and a 2005 Independent Spirit Award for best picture), and No Turning Back (winner of the ALMA best picture award). Peter began his producing career with Saints and Soldiers before co-founding Rat Bastard Productions and producing the hit LA theatre revival of Glenngarry Glenn Ross, Down For Life, and Drowning. He currently is in pre-production on his next film, Life at these Speeds. Peter attended the University of Portland on a full-ride acting scholarship.