The Guitar Thief

This short film will screen with other short films in Block 7 | East to West
Saturday, December 10th at 4pm
Palm Springs Art Museum. Palm Springs, California.
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Two mariachi players cope with rent increases, a changing neighborhood and a stolen guitar.

Director Biography – Miguel Lepe Jr

Miguel is a Chicago-based comedian, writer, actor, and director. He received his BA degree in Video Production from Columbia College Chicago and studied comedy writing and improvisation at The Second City Training Center and Annoyance Theater.
He has been writing and performing for 10 years both on stage and screen. He has been featured on HBO, FOX, NBC, The Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival, ComedySportz Chicago, and The Second City’s Bob Curry Fellowship. Learn more about him at miguellepe.com

Director Statement

For the script, I drew inspiration from many parts of my own life and my own relationships but the two main inspirations are the Italian film, Bicycle Thieves, and the true story of the Mariachi rent strike of Boyle Heights in LA.
I’m first generation Mexican-American and telling a story that included the food, music, and culture was important. Pilsen is a neighborhood with a large Latinx population, even though it’s been changing due to gentrification, it still deserves to be seen and celebrated. This movie is a love letter to my people and my city.

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