Producer Frank Aragon Takes on Anti-Gang Activism in New Film

Down for Life producer to helm gang film based on the life of Eric Sorto, set in Boyle Heights

By Ann Marie Rameriz
Published on LatinoLA: April 8, 2010

Producer Frank Aragon Takes on Anti-Gang Activism in New Film

Producer, Director Frank Aragon will helm an untitled biopic about "Erik Sorto's" Life. The producer who last year produced and second unit directed the 2009 Toronto film festival selection "Down for Life" with rave reviews.

Erik Sorto (pictured) is a C-3 quadriplegic who was shot in the neck due to gang involvement.

A former member of the notorious White Fence gang in East Los Angeles, the new Frank Aragon film will focus on the redemptive qualities of Erik Sorto post injury.

"The film will be an even more realistic look then "Down for Life" which focused on a young girl's day in the life from South Central Los Angeles". The Erik Sorto story is completely biographical and Erik Sorto himself is currently one year away from graduating the California State University of Northridge with a B.A. Degree in sociology; Erik is a C-3 Quadriplegic with complete paralysis from his neck down. "My new film is about a young boy from East Los Angeles who makes some really bad choices" says Aragon.

Aragon is producer, director and writer with past films "My Fathers Love", "Boyle Heights" with Steven Bauer, "Hollywood Familia" and most recently "Down for Life" starring Danny Glover, Snoop Dogg, Kate Del Castillo, Laz Alonso, and Elizabeth Pena. "I grew up in Boyle Heights, this could have been my own personal story but by the grace of God it isn't, this movie wont glorify gang violence in anyway it will actually let us in like no other gang film before to a world of crossroads facing young people in urban neighborhoods across America", Aragon says, "I aim for a hopeful message that will be an anti-gang film was generations to come".

The film includes the relationship built between Erik Sorto and his former Teacher at Los Angeles Valley College Bill Wallis. Erik Sorto and Bill Wallis collaborated on "Payback, The Cost of Being a Gangster, a book written by the two men.

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