Born in North Africa, raised in New York, and now residing in California, Gabriel is looking to take his life’s path and career to new heights. After 18 years in the entertainment industry, as an actor, model, writer/creator, Gabriel is looking to produce his first documentary film about this journey across America. Of all the roles Gabriel has played on film or stage, this journey and the film being made will be the greatest role of his life.
Lisa France’s feature and short films have garnered critical and popular acclaim throughout the United States and Europe. France’s feature directorial debut, Anne B. Real, has won over 25 film festival awards and nominations including two Independent Spirit Award nominations. France’s other features include: Love & Suicide, shot on location in Havana, Cuba; The Unseen, which France also produced, wrote & directed, stars Gale Harold (Queer As Folk), Steve Harris (The Practice) and Judah Friedlander (American Splendor & 30 Rock) and premiered on Starz. Most recently France co-created, produced, and directed the reality series sizzle Heels on Wheels and is in active development with both feature film and docu-series projects. For more information visit: www.LisaFrance.com
Christian is a third-generation film-maker, a descendant of two Oscar nominated editors, a world traveler, and a Girl Scout. In front of the camera he has gone from background actor, to supporting actor, to reality star. Behind the camera he has gone from production assistant to Director, from casting assistant to Producer. Over the past two years he has worked almost every position on a film set. Christian is inspired by stories that make audiences think, not just think about the films they watch, but think about how the messages in those films resonate within their daily lives.
Chris comes from Seattle, WA, who is a Language Lover, Believer in being Actively Dynamically Involved in everything to accomplish anything. He has 15 years of experience in Financial Planning and Real Estate Finance and started his life in the adult world where he enjoyed a diverse and varied clientele building many wonderful relationships most of which he enjoys to this day. Chris began his professional career in June 2011 where he volunteered to be a grip for an Indy film set. The Director approached him with a role after 4 days and 17 months and 228 sets later he has finally found himself contributing everything he has, to accomplish any passion he shares. Don’t Hear what I say, Listen to what I do…
A 15 year real estate professional as well Joshua also served three years with the Army National Guard. He began his creative career in 2010 when he moved back home to Los Angeles, CA after spending 22 years in Minnesota. Since moving home to L.A. he has completed two feature length scripts, a TV sitcom, and is currently involved with several other projects. Along with his passion for writing, Joshua brings two years of on-set Production Assistant, Background, and technical experience having worked on such shows as: Sons of Anarchy, Enlightened, and Californication. This will be his debut both as Producer and Camera “NYC here we come! We may not be sane when we get there, but we will get there.”
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Angel is a United States Marine Corps veteran and a former Associate Professor of Visual Effects and Video Game Development at various universities nationwide. His love affair with story telling began at a very early age. He possesses critical thinking, creative and technical skills; in addition to an extensive computer background.
Christopher Kawas, Gabriel’s nephew, is more than just family. He is Gabriel’s personal care giver and a Roll With Me cameraman. Originally from Long Island, New York, Chris moved to Los Angeles with his mother and older brother in 1999.
Shortly after graduating from Santa Clarita’s Hart High School, Chris began struggling with drug abuse. With the hope of turning his life around, Gabe invited Chris to join him on his Journey Across America in January of 2013.
Chris hopes to develop a career with animals, focused on animal rescue.
Derek is a young adventurer who has taken to the road to explore America and experience first hand what it’s all about. He left Carlsbad, CA on his bicycle to ride to Lafollette, Tennessee to visit with family and try out the living-off-a-bicycle lifestyle. Fifty miles west of Deming, New Mexico, Derek ran into Gabe on Interstate 10. After riding together for a couple hours Gabe invited him to dinner at their camp where he became fast friends with the rest of the crew. Derek was invited to join the group and accompany them to New York and he accepted their offer after a quick stop in Clovis, NM to visit with family. Derek is excited to make himself a useful member of the crew and will continue his trip to Tennessee and beyond after seeing Gabriel reach New York.
Sheryl is a recent college graduate from West Texas A&M University with a major in Mass Communications. After finishing her first documentary, Shedding Ignorance, she fell in love with editing. Her experience in news and documentary work has enabled her to pack her bags and move from Amarillo, Texas to Los Angeles.
Sarah is an international photographer from Seattle, WA who has shot with the best — Ford Models, WM Agency, Vogue–throughout Europe and around the world. Sarah’s eye is driven by her desire to be a storyteller of the lives of others – the Art of the shot always comes first. For years Sarah has been photo-documenting HOPE, and she brings that same passion to this amazing story of human inspiration. http://www.sarahtskinner.com/
Sue B. aka SueB.Do is a successful passionate high energy entrepreneur. She is the epitome of being social both on and offline. Sue has a deep knowledge and ability of building brands and driving sales as on online expert. Sue is a master at engagement and connecting & empowering others so they too can be successful.
Sandy Schwartz – Additional Editor
Sandy is an award-winning film and video editor and technical supervisor with over 30 years of production and post-production experience. During that time, Schwartz experimented with photography, cinematography and film making as an art form and an alternative form of visual expression. Schwartz’s art consists of Frozen moments in time infused organically with kinetic energy and motion.
Michael Piscitelli - Contributing Director/Producer
Michael began his professional career in Los Angeles as an actor. He produced numerous theater shows around the L.A. area, then segued into producing/directing/editing short films, eventually selling a feature film internationally. Currently, he produces hit reality tv shows for Discovery, National Geographic, History, Spike, A&E, etc.
Jacob Hekter - Contributing Cinematographer
Jacob is a native of Indiana and a graduate of Columbia Film School. He specializes in serial documentaries (MSNBC Lock Up) and is a freelance producer in LA.