Maria Faith Garcia and Michael Ballard Celebrate Win at Long Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau Inaugural Sandy Awards

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Fan Vote Accolades Go to Local Producers Maria Faith Garcia and Michael Ballard at Inaugural Sandy Awards on April 23, 2015

The premise of my piece is that there is so much beauty, diversity and excitement in Long Beach, this video is just a taste of what the city has to offer.

Maria Faith Garcia and Michael Ballard, co-producers of the upcoming docu-reality series, "No Gut, All Glory," are winners in a video contest, sponsored by the Long Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau. The contest, entitled, "What Excites You About Long Beach?" required contestants to create short videos about any aspect of the city that inspires them. Maria and Michael won second and third place, respectively, in the fan vote at the inaugural Sandy Awards, on April 23, 2015.

Graphic designer by day and gym rat by night, Maria, who stars in the series, "No Gut, All Glory," commented, "I wanted to capture the wonder of Long Beach in a way I thought no one else would, by manipulating still photographs into moving images." She taught herself the 2.5d parallax technique in less than a month. "With or without an award, I won just by learning such a great new skill!"

Michael, her co-producer, is a local videographer who's lived in Long Beach over 35 years. "The premise of my piece is that there is so much beauty, diversity and excitement in Long Beach, this video is just a taste of what the city has to offer." Indeed, the video is a fast-paced sojourn around the city—the Queen Mary, Gay Pride, Grand Prix, roller derby, museums and state parks, to name a few—with clever transitions to connect the different locations.

Next up for the Long Beach producers is putting the finishing touches on their current project, "No Gut, All Glory"—part documentary, part reality series—that will follow Maria as she prepares for the Fitness America Championship in Las Vegas. As one fairly new to the fitness competitions, Maria—at 54-years old—is aware of the challenges facing her. "Many of my competitors will be the same age as my sons, who are both in college."

"No Gut, All Glory" will air on Long Beach's public access station, PADNET, as well as a computer near you. Michael Ballard sums up the goal of the show: "Maria, like most people, has had to face and overcome personal challenges in her life. Along the way she's met people who have inspired her, and we hope this compelling story of her journey will inspire others."

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