John Carlos Frey – Director, is a native of Mexico. His directorial debut, “The Gatekeeper,” garnered ten national and international film festival awards winning “Best Film” or “Best Director” at nine different festivals. The film has also spawned a book deal with Rowan and Littlefield Publishing and is currently in DVD distribution through Screen Media and Universal Home Video. Kevin Thomas, of The Los Angeles Times writes, “John Carlos Frey displays passion and eloquence in The Gatekeeper.”
As well as critical acclaim, “The Gatekeeper” has been recognized by Amnesty International, The Anti Defamation League, Human Rights Watch, National Immigration Forum, National Center for Farmworker Health, The League of United Latin American Citizens, The National Council of La Raza (NCLR), The Joan B. Kroc Institute of Peace and Justice as well as the Hispanic Congressional Caucus in Washington, D.C. for it’s realistic depiction of illegal immigration in the United States. Through his work, Mr. Frey has advocated on behalf of the underserved in America. He has been invited to share his expertise all over the country as well as Mexico, Central and South America. Some speaking venues include, U.S. Congress, Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Georgetown, Notre Dame, UCLA and USC to name a few.
In 2008 Mr. Frey completed “The Invisible Mexicans of Deer Canyon” and it’s companion piece, “The Invisible Chapel” which are an in depth look at migrant life in wealthy southern California. He spent over a year visiting and living amongst the Mexican migrants of Deer Canyon that live outdoors in third world conditions. He traveled alone carrying all of his sound, camera and lighting equipment. Many of the migrants were initially reluctant to talk to Mr. Frey. As his trips to the canyon became more frequent, the migrants began to trust and invite him into their homes for a personal look at their lives.
Mr. Frey has just finished “The 800 Mile Wall” a documentary film examining the construction of the wall along the US/Mexico border. He is also currently working on a series of documentaries on the Latino experience in the United States as well as a new feature film entitled “The Lone Star.” Mr. Frey is a graduate of the University of San Diego.