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"A Gun at the Dance" is based on the true story of Aaron Stark, a troubled teen who is planning on committing a school shooting until an unexpected act of compassion by a stranger changes his plans.
San Diego, CA, USA
Why would NBC, CBS, The CW and Telemundo interview this up and coming 21 year old director? Jonny Santana’s most recent work, “A Gun at the Dance” landed him in the midst of one of society’s most pressing issues: gun violence and suicide. Inspired by a Ted talk on the topic, Jonny completed the project by inspiring 150 cast members to work for free. He has already worked with an impressive list of collaborators and clients including grammy-nominated artist Steve Aoki, the co-founder of billion dollar brand Quest Nutrition, Tom Bilyeu, as well as interviews with celebrities like Neil Degrass Tyson, Michael Oitz, and Michael Strahan to name a few. You might think this is the story of an overnight success, but it’s anything but that. Jonny’s a first generation Mexican-American who started making movies at the tender age of 4. By the age of eleven he was entertaining 600 students weekly when his public elementary school would pause class to play his newest short film. And inspired by Speilberg, by the age of 19 he had directed two full length 90 minute films with more than a hundred artists volunteering to his vision. Taking inspiration from Kubrick’s Imagery, Scorsese’s storytelling, and Spike Lee’s social impact- Jonny craft’s an irresistible blend you could only describe as Santana. Recently he was invited by TEDx to speak on his ability to inspire others in telling stories that change the world. The people closest to Jonny enjoy his charismatic presence and passion for great storytelling. His immigrant parents taught him the value of hard work, determination, and good intent. His ambitions now lie in his upcoming slate of films which tackle the isses of suicide, gay and latino representation in film, and mental health more...