Just when everything is starting to click and I'm realizing my dreams, the rug gets pulled out from under me.
(PRWEB) October 08, 2012
For Atlanta actor Tony Guerrero, it's the American dream come true. He crossed the border from Mexico over a decade ago with big dreams of becoming a star, and after working hard for many of those years, he's finally getting his wish. He can be seen in Hollywood blockbusters like X-MEN FIRST CLASS and acclaimed independent shorts like MOVED and TROZOS DE LUZ and is a familiar face on national commercials and television programs. He is also the Southeast's most sought after Latin-American emcee, appearing on TNT-LA, Univision and TV Azteca and hosting events with audiences in the hundreds of thousands for Plaza Fiesta on Buford Highway.
2012 marks the high point of his career. He is the host of Georgia's inaugural Latino Film Festival and has his first starring feature role in the locally produced comedy UNDOCUMENTED EXECUTIVE which premieres in Atlanta this month. He also opened an acting school for disadvantaged Hispanic youth, Talento Latino, last January.
2012 also marks the low point in his life. On September 26th, an Atlanta immigration judge ordered that he leave the country no later than January 24th, 2013 (File # A078-115-675. 180 Spring St. SW, Atlanta, GA 30303. Angie E. Branch, Deportation Officer ). Friends and fellow actors have organized an online petition to try to force a cancellation of the order, but Guerrero is not optimistic. "It's horrible timing," said Guerrero, "Just when everything is starting to click and I'm realizing my dreams, the rug gets pulled out from under me." Leaving the US also means leaving his family. His wife, a Cuban granted US citizenship, will have to keep the children in Georgia to honor a joint custody agreement with her ex-husband. Tony is moving to Mexico alone.
By coincidence, Guerreo's role in UNDOCUMENTED EXECUTIVE bears eerie parallels to his own story. He plays Jesus "Jaqi" Gutierrez, an ambitious immigrant with an impossible dream to become a corporate big shot. The idea for the movie came from Brian Kosisky, a local filmmaker whose credits include BREAKING THE CURSE (PBS, 2008 Gracie Award Winner) and SOLAR TOWN USA (Electric Sky Distribution). Kosisky was a Senior Editor and Producer at CNN when he was struck by the absurdity of the top stories of the day, "The bottom line is that immigrants risk everything just for a chance at the American Dream. At the same time, some corporate executives who are living the dream have been actively destroying it by going after short-term gains. It is ridiculously tragic."
Kosisky developed a script with the help of Hollywood veteran Herschel Weingrod (TRADING PLACES, TWINS, KINDERGARTEN COP) and decided to shoot it locally. Without knowing Guerrero's background, Kosisky saw him in the award winning short film, MOVED and knew right away who the star of the upcoming film would be. "This was a local guy who had terrific comedic timing. Tony was perfect for Jaqi!"
But while the film may have a happy ending, as often is the case, real life does not. The film's opening will also serve as a going away party and closing chapter in Tony Guerrero's American dream.
UNDOCUMENTED EXECUTIVE plays for one night, Saturday, October 20th, 7pm at the Plaza Theater, on Ponce DeLeon in Atlanta.
Tickets are available through UndocumentedExecutive.com or http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/277112
Press inquires can be directed to info(at)kosfilms(dot)com