|East Coast Premiere|
|Cast: ||Jake Mestre, Badd Idea, Scooter LaForge|
|Crew: ||Producers: Mike Gonzalez, Cati Gonzalez, Alex Leisenring (Line Producer) - Screenwriters: Cati Gonzalez
“Kids” meets “Midnight cowboy.”
A love story between two drifters, a naive teenager and a hustler. The film capture’s a runaway journey to New York City. Ekaj meets Mecca who takes him under his care. Mecca has AIDS and multiple problems of his own. He is high all day but still manages to be the only voice of reason in Ekaj’s hopeless world. They cruise the city together looking for money and places to stay. The core of the movie is Ekaj, who thinks he will become the lover of a rich man and be taken care of for life but ends up finding his dreams quickly shattered. Although he makes some money as a prostitute, he finds he is disposable, replaceable and lacking what it takes to survive in the city. Their relationship develops into true friendship and love as they lean on each other for survival.
Cati Gonzalez: I was born in Cordoba, and raised in Barcelona, Spain. At the age of 16, I gave birth to my daughter and at 17 I met my son’s Father and ended up moving to Philadelphia where I lived for 15 years. I first started out as a photographer in Philly, then I divorced and ended up moving to NYC in 1990 where I currently reside. My work has been seen in French Photo, I.D, Spin, Vogue, Colors, Vibe, Interview, Paper, Big, Blaze, Trace, Surface, Liberatiòn, El Pais, Mademoiselle, New York magazines and other publications doing fashion stories and celebrity portraits of subjects such as Director David Cronenberg, Russell Simmons, Notorious B.I.G., Pharrell Williams, The Ramones, David Byrne, Thurston Moore, Chloe Sevigny, Jaime King, Common, Beenie Man among others. I have also worked on various music artist album covers for Sony, Warner Bros., Atlantic Records and others. I was awarded by “Festival De Le Mode Exhibition,” Nice, France, “The American Photography Magazine Awards”, French Photo as part of “Photographers of the Future” and Macy’s Windows Art Photographers Exhibition.
In the last few years I have been writing a couple of scripts, one short and two Feature’s. I completed my first Feature Film and newborn “Ekaj which is my debut presentation as a Writer, Director, and Cinematographer. If you see my photography, you can see that my Film is a continuation of my work into moving images.