Updated: Dec 15, 2021


RedWood Film Festival team glad to announce the list of Winner of December 2021 Edition. 

BEST 1- MINUTE SHORT FILM

Film: Vortex

Directed by: Shrikant prabhu


Synopsis: no one escapes the vortex




BEST SHORT FILM

Film: Being Brave

Directed by: Joffre Faria Silva


Synopsis: Beckett, a precocious and resilient twelve-year-old, travels the bumpy road of a young boy living in complicated times. Beckett craves the love and acceptance of his divorced parents, but sees it jeopardized by the constant bullying he receives at school because of his father’s sexuality.

Incensed by the latest homophobic taunts by his mother’s new boyfriend’s son - Spencer - Beckett reacts, standing up for himself and unleashing a chain of events that in his eyes will resolve the situation he finds himself in and keep him safe.


BEST STUDENT SHORT FILM

Film: 7_minutos

Directed by: Christian Schneider


Synopsis: Julia is a victim of sexual violence. Rubens is a police inspector who lives a failed marriage. They don't know each other, until their destinies intersect.







BEST LGBTQ FILM

Film: A Chit Tu

Directed by: Dylan Chow


Synopsis: A traditional Burmese husband and father discovers his first love with Gabriel, the new office intern.


BEST WEB SERIES

Film: HOTBUNNY420

Directed by: Francisco García


Synopsis: The life of a gamer is about to change.




BEST MUSIC VIDEO

Film: Moth On Fire

Directed by: Kiddo Pan


Synopsis: Moth on Fire is a 3D animated rap music video.


An ordinary moth wants to prove itself by going through the fire, which is considered brave, strong and therefore respected by others. But soon it finds out that this so-called heroism behavior is deadly and is a conspiracy by the power holder. With the purpose of being heard and uncovering the truth, the moth plans to do the challenge in the smart way…


BEST ANIMATION FILM

Film: The Boy and The Mountain

Directed by: Santiago Aguilera & Gabriel Monreal


Synopsis: Hernán is a child who likes to daydreaming, but in his studies he is not doing well at all. His father constantly urges him to improve, advising him that he must reach very high to succeed in life. Hernán dispenses with his dream, gradually forgetting it to devote himself to his studies. Over time, and already become a successful entrepreneur, Hernán achieves the dream that his father instilled in him, reach high, until one day he will realize that he has not really achieved something he always longed for. Then he will make the crucial decision to fulfill his dream, but fate will play tricks on him. Hernán will have to face a new challenge that will change the meaning of his life.


BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM

Film: Forgotten Victory

Directed by: Christopher HK Lee


Synopsis: The Korean War is perhaps the least known major conflict in contemporary history. The war killed at least 2.5 million people and countless were wounded. On June 25th, 1950, North Korean forces, backed politically and militarily by China and the Soviet Union, crossed the 38th parallel into South Korea.


During the Hungnam Evacuation, The SS Lane Victory was also deployed to evacuate Korean civilians and United Nations personnel at Wonsan, North Korea. It evacuated over 3,800 U.S. troops and 1,100 vehicles that survived the Battle of Chosin Reservoir. Lane Victory offloaded troops, vehicles, and cargo as the cruiser USS Saint Paul and destroyers laid down covering fire. After unloading, she safely evacuated 7,010 men, women, and children. When the ship arrived, 7,011 passengers disembarked, as a baby had been born during the voyage.


The movie shares some emotional and compelling stories from the Korean War refugees who recall their memories of during the Hungnam evacuation. Sadly, this legacy and memories are fading away as our heroes, men and women who serve the Korean War, are being forgotten. The goal is to turn it into a permanent historical monument. It would help remind the younger generations of the cruelty of war and the importance of peace before it too becomes another scrap metal project.


BEST COMEDY FILM

Film: Cucked

Directed by: Kendall Christianson


Synopsis: A man agrees to meet up with a couple for a night of sensual pleasures but the married pair turn out to not be what they seem.








BEST CRIME FILM

Film: Beale Street Blues

Directed by: Daniel R Ferrell


Synopsis: A rogue police officer and his impressionable cousin set up a faux drug deal in the midst of an FBI investigation.








BEST DARK COMEDY

Film: I See My Beauty in You

Directed by: George Kostopoulos


Synopsis: A college freshman becomes infatuated with her wolfish poetry professor.





BEST DRAMA FILM

Film: SALAM

Directed by: AHMED AKBAR


Synopsis: Salam, a kind deaf young man, he is about to have a hearing aid he always waited for, he will be able to hear for the first time, feel the world differently. He is excited, perhaps too excited?







BEST EXPERIMENT FILM

Film: The Butterfly Keeper

Directed by: Guy Mayfield


Synopsis: Patrick Canon is an elderly man looking after his wife Evelyn Canon of whom suffers from advanced Alzeihmers Disease. He often immerses himself in his butterfly sanctuary as a means of escape from the toil of caring for her and his inability to distinguish reality from the fiction his mind often conjures when contemplating a mercy killing of Evelyn. Upon a fateful day whilst out foraging and collecting cocoons of butterflies in the woods, Patrick has moment in which he questions his inner self and whether or not the reality of his being is that but a fragmented figment of his own deteriorating memory or that of a will that must be done to better comfort his wife in her final hour of need


BEST HORROR FILM

Film: Wrong Time, wrong Place

Directed by: Marian Bruchholz


Synopsis: A robber on the run from the police has to find a new getaway car. The old man in the black car comes just in time.But the old man is not as harmless as he looks and one of them is in the wrong place at the wrong time.






BEST NON-FICTION FILM

Film: FUTURE MEMORIES

Directed by: Federico Ferraro & Simone Concilio


Synopsis: FUTURE MEMORIES is a music video, a little homage to love, past and present memories. All through the Tango and a neighbourhood.






BEST SCI-FI FILM

Film: Can't Go Home Again

Directed by: Anthony J. Cook


Synopsis: Temporal Enforcement Agent Elliott Young (Victoria Smith) breaks protocol and returns to her own past. There she comes face to face with her 8-year-old past self, Ellie (Sophia Waterton), and Justin (Ian Mairs), her seemingly kind father. During their encounter Elliott explosively confronts Justin in an effort to prevent a tragedy that will occur in only a few hours' time.



BEST WOMEN FILM

Film: Vulnerable Innocence

Directed by: Charlene Elizabeth Doak-Gebauer & Nancy Anne Lynch


Synopsis: COVID has changed many things, including safety of people involved in film. This doc is unique in that the majority of all filming has been done virtually to avoid COVID exposure.


Children are vulnerable online, in ways so many are unaware. This film is about a unique Theory of Digital Supervision for online child protection. Volunteers from around the world have contributed, based on their belief in the need for this type of truth and education surrounding proactive online protection.


This doc emphasizes the global challenges of online child protection. It is in every country around the globe, with too many fearful to discuss it, fearful to know more, and wanting to protect their children.


The objective of this doc is to have global impact for the safety of children against sexual exploitation, sex trafficking, online bullying, online harassment, suicide, self harm - many issues our children face on a daily basis in this digital world. We emphasize to parents, caregivers, and professionals our children are the most independent of any in the history of the world. We must realize they cannot have so much ownership of their online safety. Adults have to digitize parenting and professional methods.


BEST TRAILER

Film: Vulnerable Innocence

Directed by: Charlene Elizabeth Doak-Gebauer & Nancy Anne Lynch


Synopsis: COVID has changed many things, including safety of people involved in film. This doc is unique in that the majority of all filming has been done virtually to avoid COVID exposure.


Children are vulnerable online, in ways so many are unaware. This film is about a unique Theory of Digital Supervision for online child protection. Volunteers from around the world have contributed, based on their belief in the need for this type of truth and education surrounding proactive online protection.


This doc emphasizes the global challenges of online child protection. It is in every country around the globe, with too many fearful to discuss it, fearful to know more, and wanting to protect their children.


The objective of this doc is to have global impact for the safety of children against sexual exploitation, sex trafficking, online bullying, online harassment, suicide, self harm - many issues our children face on a daily basis in this digital world. We emphasize to parents, caregivers, and professionals our children are the most independent of any in the history of the world. We must realize they cannot have so much ownership of their online safety. Adults have to digitize parenting and professional methods.


BEST DIRECTOR

Award goes to: Varunagini

Film: The Breakfast

Directed by: Varunagini


Synopsis: Ganesh, a respected politician, and his wife Saritha are having breakfast together. Saritha has just returned from a trip, so Ganesh has prepared her favorite dish. While they are eating, Ganesh tells Saritha about all the things that happened during her absence. But she doesn't seem to listen. Something is bothering her. Saritha asks her husband a question. From this point on, the conversation turns into a revelation of the darkest secrets of their lives.


BEST FEMALE DIRECTOR

Award goes to: Varunagini

Film: The Breakfast

Directed by: Varunagini


Synopsis: Ganesh, a respected politician, and his wife Saritha are having breakfast together. Saritha has just returned from a trip, so Ganesh has prepared her favorite dish. While they are eating, Ganesh tells Saritha about all the things that happened during her absence. But she doesn't seem to listen. Something is bothering her. Saritha asks her husband a question. From this point on, the conversation turns into a revelation of the darkest secrets of their lives.


BEST PRODUCER

Award goes to: Nico Falcone Georgiadis & Kimmo Salmela

Film: The Promenade

Directed by: Nico Falcone Georgiadis


Synopsis: We take a walk to find a way, to find the answers or just a cigarett to calm us down. Are we connected without knowing it... captured in a mixed of realities in the promenade of life?


Some stories can not fade away while we are moving close to one onother but in the same times close can be far away in a crossroads of realities.


BEST CINEMATOGRAPHER

Award goes to: Max Putintsev

Film: Being Brave

Directed by: Joffre Faria Silva


Synopsis: Beckett, a precocious and resilient twelve-year-old, travels the bumpy road of a young boy living in complicated times. Beckett craves the love and acceptance of his divorced parents, but sees it jeopardized by the constant bullying he receives at school because of his father’s sexuality.

Incensed by the latest homophobic taunts by his mother’s new boyfriend’s son - Spencer - Beckett reacts, standing up for himself and unleashing a chain of events that in his eyes will resolve the situation he finds himself in and keep him safe.


BEST ART DIRECTOR

Award goes to: Anthony J. Cook

Film: Can't Go Home Again

Directed by: Anthony J. Cook


Synopsis: Temporal Enforcement Agent Elliott Young (Victoria Smith) breaks protocol and returns to her own past. There she comes face to face with her 8-year-old past self, Ellie (Sophia Waterton), and Justin (Ian Mairs), her seemingly kind father. During their encounter Elliott explosively confronts Justin in an effort to prevent a tragedy that will occur in only a few hours' time.


BEST EDITOR

Award goes to: Joshua Collins

Film: TASTEless

Directed by: Joshua Collins


Synopsis: a man suddenly loses his taste and smell









BEST SCREENWRITER

Award goes to: Robert Bruinewoud

Film: You're Early

Directed by: Mark Hensley


Synopsis: Returning home late at night after class, a woman finds her partner at the mercy of a desperate burglar.







BEST SOUND

Award goes to: Makin fung bing fai

Film: The Mechanics

Directed by: Christoph Janetzko


Synopsis: THE MECHANICS" takes its viewers into the world of Chinese craft workshops on the streets of Phnom Penh in painterly compositions . The public space becomes a workshop next to barber shops. Mekong-Ship engines are carefully and precisely overhauled by oil-smeared hands. Right next door barbers gently shave and cut hair and all of this in the middle of busy traffic. Neatly arranged Confucian altars create a private oasis juxtaposed in the chaotic hustle and bustle. All of this arranged and assembled as a musical collage. Congenial accentuated by the sound artist Makin Fung Bin Fai from Hong Kong. A gentle flow of a song, almost like a requiem to a changing world. BEST VFX

Award goes to: Donnie Dodge

Film: Dual Threat- Football & Family

Directed by: Donnie Dodge


Synopsis: It's a story about family. It's a story about struggle. It's a story about commitment. It's a story about War. It's a story about life during a flu pandemic. It's a story about love. It's a story about football. It's a story about Nebraska. It's a story about Jerry Warner.


BEST ACTOR - MALE

Award goes to: Greg Amici

Film: Rumi's Rumba

Directed by: George Kostopoulos


Synopsis: Professor Johnson, a college poetry professor, lectures his students on a poem by Rumi. When class finishes, one of the students, Olivia, approaches the professor with a question about the poem. This leads into a romantic fantasy musical sequence. Conflict arises soon after when Dean Cox and his secretary, Miss Flannigan, accuse Professor Johnson of exploiting Olivia.



BEST ACTRESS - FEMALE

Award goes to: Hayley McLaughlin

Film: You're Early

Directed by: Mark Hensley


Synopsis: Returning home late at night after class, a woman finds her partner at the mercy of a desperate burglar.







BEST CHILD ACTOR

Award goes to: Anthony J. Cook

Film: Can't Go Home Again

Directed by: Anthony J. Cook


Synopsis: Temporal Enforcement Agent Elliott Young (Victoria Smith) breaks protocol and returns to her own past. There she comes face to face with her 8-year-old past self, Ellie (Sophia Waterton), and Justin (Ian Mairs), her seemingly kind father. During their encounter Elliott explosively confronts Justin in an effort to prevent a tragedy that will occur in only a few hours' time.



BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR MALE/FEMALE

Award goes to: Sam Meader

Film: You're Early

Directed by: Mark Hensley


Synopsis: Returning home late at night after class, a woman finds her partner at the mercy of a desperate burglar.







BEST SCREENPLAY

Film: SOUL'S ON FIRE

Writer by: Joseph Lincoln Harrison


Synopsis: Rikers Island. Moses Condores is getting out of prison. He's a seasoned, rugged, no-nonsense Puerto Rican NYC gangster, now determined to leave the life behind. Some people don't seem to believe him — the associates who've come to pick him up turn on him suddenly. Moses, with an almost supernatural ability to sense danger, is ready for them. And when girlfriend Lidia also turns on him, she joins them in death.

He tells his lieutenant Rafael, who's now running the show, that he's out. Rafael has his doubts, but accepts Moses's retirement. Moses returns to Puerto Rico, to Mama Isabel, sister Franchesca and brother Javier. Javier's looking to make a name for himself and command respect just like his brother — but Moses is dead set against that, and not just because Mama Isabel fears for the boy. Moses knows too well what this life does to people. He wants himself and everybody he loves out.

Hood Lorenzo, though, disrespects Javier, and Moses is forced to teach him a lesson. Necessitating a visit to Lorenzo's uncle, Rio Cruz — Moses's old ally and childhood friend — who runs things around here. With Rio he finds Sarita, with whom he had an affair seven years before. Rio's glad to see Moses and bears him no ill will for Lorenzo. He knows Moses to be a man of integrity. He took a bullet meant for Rio's wife, once — Rio owes all he has to Moses's strength and loyalty.

Moses drives Sarita home, where he's shocked to find she has a seven-year-old son... and he is the boy's father! Genuinely shocked but happy, Moses tells Joel he'll spend the rest of his life making up for his absence and being the kind of father he needs. Mama Isabel is overjoyed to have the grandson she always hoped for. And Moses and Sarita soon marry.

But Moses has previously met a beautiful temptress, Elizabeth, whom he's surprised to see out front of Mama Isabel's house when he brings Joel. He tells Javier to ask around, find out what's up. Later, he calls Javier, who's gone missing — he says he's with Elizabeth, and wants Moses to come over. Moses, sensing trouble, arms up, and arrives to find Elizabeth holding Javier hostage. She intends to kill Moses in misguided vengeance for the death of her brother in Rikers. But Rio comes along with his men, and takes Elizabeth out! It wasn't just vengeance, Moses finds — there's a contract out on him. Who put out the contract? Nobody knows, but they intend to find out.

Moses then learns that Javier overheard Lorenzo on the phone with her, talking about a meet. Moses does his own sleuthing and discovers the meeting place, which he infiltrates. Thinking Lorenzo's contact to be an old foe of his from New York, he's shocked to find it's Rafael! Rafael's got plans for Puerto Rico and thinks Lorenzo's the man to make it happen.

But Moses has informed Rio of the meet, and he arrives with deadly vengeance to put a stop to it all. And takes a bullet meant for Moses — thus squaring their accounts. A final gunshot puts an end to Lorenzo's treachery. We end on a happy note, with Moses having gone into the café business — just across the street from Sarita's new art gallery. Starting a new life at last...



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Updated: Dec 13, 2021


Redwood Film Festival December 2020 Official Selection Films
Redwood Film Festival December 2021 Official Selection Films

RedWood Film Festival announces the list of Official Selected films of December 2021.

  • Redwood Film Festival is an Online Film Festival. 

  • Our Jury screens the selections Privately and from there we select the winners. Only the winning films will get a chance to participate in a second selection at the end of the year. If they pass the second selection, we'll screen them at our annual live online screening. Where one film from each category will be awarded. 

1- Minute Short Film

  • Vortex | Shrikant prabhu


Short Films

  • The Promenade | Nico Falcone Georgiadis


  • Attached | Jeramie Sandor


  • Being Brave | Joffre Faria Silva


  • You're Early | Mark Hensley


  • THE HEALING TOUCH | SWETA KUMAR DASH


  • Alles hat Grenzen NUR DER MONDFISCH NICHT | Sylvia Eckermann & Gerald Nestler


  • Wrong Time, wrong Place | Marian Bruchholz


  • Book Worms | Steven M Hirohama


  • MASK | Dr.Sweta Kumar Dash


Student Short Film

  • 7_minutos | Christian Schneider


LGBTQ Films

  • A Chit Tu | Dylan Chow


  • Safe Distance | Artur Wyrzykowski


Web Series

  • HOTBUNNY420 | Francisco García


  • Ten Points of Joy | William Carl Grout


  • Famous Gays And Lesbians... Alleged And Otherwise - 15 Episodes | Thomas Connelly


Music Videos

  • Moth On Fire | Kiddo Pan


  • Pluto: The Bringer of Transformation (2020-) | Carolyn Downie


  • Spirit Walk | Charles J. Griffin


  • Love Comes Quietly | George Kostopoulos


Action Film

"Not Enough Entries"


Animation Film

  • CEASG THE MERMAID | CARMEN PÉREZ GONZÁLEZ


  • Moth On Fire | Kiddo Pan


  • The Boy and The Mountain | Santiago Aguilera & Gabriel Monreal


  • Mountain Bear | Jeremy Northcote


Documentary Films

  • Forgotten Victory | Christopher HK Lee


  • Today's Kindness | Bill Grout & Jade Grout


  • Vulnerable Innocence | Charlene Elizabeth Doak-Gebauer & Nancy Anne Lynch


  • Dajla: cinema and oblivion | Arturo Dueñas


  • Dual Threat- Football & Family | Donnie Dodge


Comedy Film

  • Cucked | Kendall Christianson


Crime Film

  • Beale Street Blues | Daniel R Ferrell


  • The Big Apple Grind | Bruno Taniguchi


Dark Comedy

  • I See My Beauty in You | George Kostopoulos


Drama Films

  • SALAM | AHMED AKBAR


Experiment Film

  • The Butterfly Keeper | Guy Mayfield


  • The Mechanics | Christoph Janetzko


Horror Film

  • Wrong Time, wrong Place | Marian Bruchholz


Mystery Film

"Not Enough Entries"


Noir Film

"Not Enough Entries"


Non Fiction Film

  • FUTURE MEMORIES | Federico Ferraro & Simone Concilio


Romantic Films

"Not Enough Entries"


Sci-Fi Films

  • Can't Go Home Again | Anthony J. Cook


Women Film

"Not Enough Entries"


Thriller Film

"Not Enough Entries"


Best Trailer

  • Vulnerable Innocence | Charlene Elizabeth Doak-Gebauer & Nancy Anne Lynch


Best Director

  • The 7 Lives of Sara Blanchard | Kevin Ruiz


  • The Breakfast | Varunagini


  • You're Early | Mark Hensley


  • Dual Threat- Football & Family | Donnie Dodge


Best Female Director

"Not Enough Entries"


Best Producer

"Not Enough Entries"


Best Cinematographer/D.O.P

"Not Enough Entries"


Best Art Director

"Not Enough Entries"


Best Editor

  • You're Early | Mark Hensley


  • TASTEless | Joshua Collins


  • Dual Threat- Football & Family | Donnie Dodge


Best Screenwriter

  • SOUL'S ON FIRE | Joseph Lincoln Harrison


  • You're Early | Mark Hensley


  • DESIRES AND RIB STEAKS | PHILIPPE SOLANGE


Best Sound

  • You're Early | Mark Hensley


  • The Mechanics | Christoph Janetzko


Best VFX

  • Dual Threat- Football & Family | Donnie Dodge


Best Actor - Male

  • Vulnerable Innocence | Charlene Elizabeth Doak-Gebauer & Nancy Anne Lynch


  • Rumi's Rumba | George Kostopoulos


  • SALAM | AHMED AKBAR


Best Actress - Female

  • Cucked | Kendall Christianson


  • You're Early | Mark Hensley


Best Child Actor

  • Being Brave | Joffre Faria Silva


  • Can't Go Home Again | Anthony J. Cook


Best Supporting Actor Male/Female

  • You're Early | Mark Hensley


Screenplay

  • SOUL'S ON FIRE | Joseph Lincoln Harrison


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Updated: Sep 18, 2021


RedWood Film Festival team glad to announce the list of Winner of September 2021 Edition. 

BEST 1- MINUTE SHORT FILM

Film: The beginning

Directed by: José Bibian


Synopsis: The beginning of Alzheimer










BEST SHORT FILM

Film: Imitation of Life - A Machine Learning Story

Directed by: Øyvind Knustad


Synopsis: A three part Sci-Fi drama that explores the relationship between humans and technology, how people are inspired to write stories and how artificial intelligence, in contrast to humans, relate to the world.

Chapter one:

Alena has to make big life decision as her boyfriend's job situation changes. The events also have an effect on her inspiration to write.

Chapter two:

David is making a story-writing machine learning software, despite the disappointments of his adoptive father who is an unpublished writer. At the risk of further divide between them, David is trying to land an internship with the robot company GenTech.

Chapter three:

Julie and the family robot, who is about to be replaced, have their relationship tested in ways she couldn't predict.


BEST STUDENT SHORT FILM

Film: THIS IS FOR US

Directed by: Roshan hill


Synopsis: When a beautiful young wife of an alcoholic businessman gets bored and takes a lover a tragic turn of events leads her to take drastic action to cover up a trail of betrayal






BEST LGBTQ FILM

Film: Let Us Eat Cake!: Asexuality in the 21st Century

Directed by: Maddy Heller


Synopsis: A look at asexuality as told by members of the "ace community". The film discusses the asexual experience, ranging from representation to coming out to finding a community. Let Us Eat Cake is an intimate conversation that gives asexual people a platform to talk openly and honestly about their identity.






BEST WEB SERIES

Film: "FaceTime With The Rickkenbakker Family"

Directed by: Thomas Connelly


Synopsis: You can choose your friends, but not your family. Each brief episode is a humorous look at our often challenging, and sometimes annoying, relationships within our family!






BEST MUSIC VIDEO

Film: Food To Ate

Directed by: Randy J. Huling


Synopsis: This is a video for the song "Food To Ate"

off the upcoming album release "The Broke Leg EP."

The EP and the video were made while recovering from

a broken leg.

This track is old school nursery rhymes with a little modern twist.

feat. Michael "Baba" Raudenbush

Video, Illustration, Song, and Animation

by Randy J. Huling

www.randomran.com

randomran.bandcamp.com


BEST ANIMATION FILM

Film: The Penguin

Directed by: Matt Bissett-Johnson


Synopsis: There's no such thing as a free penguin.









BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM

Film: "Four Motherless Children"

Directed by: Ralph Isenberg, Joe De La Fuente


Synopsis: This film continues where the “Discovery of Santos”; the second documentary in the “El Gringo Schindler” series left off. The third movie tells the heartbreaking story of four children, all minors and citizens of the United States, forced to fend for themselves for eleven months while their mother found herself exiled in El Salvador for making a simple human error. The mother broke no immigration law but simply read an immigration form wrong. The fact that the mother had already been in the United States for seventeen years under “Temporary Protected Status” and her renewal for an additional year was already approved was completely ignored by the United States Government.

Three of the four minor children had flown with their mother to El Salvador to attend to their grandma who had suffered a serious heart-attack. Little did anyone expect that on the day of return to the United States, the three children would be forced to fly to the United States, as unescorted minors. Their mother was left behind, in total disbelief, not knowing how she was going to get back to the United States. The error made by the mother was simple and could have easily been fixed in El Salvador by the United States Government with a phone call. Instead, an odyssey that would last nearly eleven months was about to play out. The children endured living alone until they heard about the work of the “El Gringo Schindler” on television and made their way to his office on a Saturday, not knowing if the “El Gringo Schindler” would even be in his office. The children knew better than to skip school during the week when the “El Gringo Schindler” and his staff would be available to help. By some miracle, the “El Gringo Schindler” just happened to be in his office for a few minutes when the children arrived. Upon hearing the story of the children, the “El Gringo Schindler” made a pledge to the children that he would get their mom home no matter what it took. At the time, the “El Gringo Schindler” had no idea that his efforts would test every bit of knowledge he possessed about immigration and put his own personal safety in jeopardy to deliver his promise on New Year’s Day, 2016.

The “El Gringo Schindler” began a daring rescue trip to El Salvador a few days before New Year’s Day. The story of the rescue leaves most people who learn of it speechless. Few people have the knowledge and courage to endure what the “El Gringo Schindler” went through. The trip would prove to be one hundred times harder than the first rescue trip he made in May of 2015; to rescue Alexis Marroquin an