Antonio Barrera is the most gored bullfighter in modern history, and known to perform with total abandonment. He’s been gored twenty three times, an unusually high number that includes seventeen surgeries, countless broken bones and many mental scars.
Now with a family to consider, a body that won’t hold up and a lack of interest from promoters, Barrera has decided to retire. Before his last bullfight, he is conflicted. After taking such a beating all his life, he dreams of staying alive for his family. Yet he still fantasizes of becoming a well known bullfighter, a dream that he and his father shared, and to do that he feels he must sacrifice himself to the bulls. Will he survive his final performance?
GORED is the second feature documentary from MotherLode Films, a production company founded by director Ido Mizrahy and author Geoffrey Gray, and a co-production of Roopstigo Films, founded by acclaimed journalist and investigative reporter Selena Roberts.
Ido Mizrahy’s first feature-length narrative, the award-winning Things That Hang From Trees (2007) was recently selected to be part of MoMA's permanent collection. In 2011, Mizrahy was a co-director and co-writer on Beyonce: Year of 4, a documentary about the pop singer, which debuted on MTV and VH1. Mizrahy’s first collaboration with writer/producer Geoffrey Gray, the critically acclaimed documentary, Patrolman P, premiered on DIRECTV in 2014. GORED marks their second collaboration.
Geoffrey Gray is a New York Times bestselling author, documentary producer and founder of True.Ink, a magazine devoted to adventure and expertise. A contributing editor at New York Magazine, Gray has written about unsolved crimes, the cops, the courts, boxing, food, professional tennis, travel and high-end perfume.
A best-selling author and film producer, Selena Roberts spent 20 years at The New York Times, ESPN and Sports Illustrated covering the most important sports stories of our time. In the fall of 2012, she left traditional media for a storytelling venture, founding Roopstigo Productions to develop documentaries and biopics, as well as scripted and unscripted programming. In four years at Sports Illustrated, Selena was an investigative reporter who broke the Alex Rodriguez steroid story and also wrote commentaries that were cited by the American Society of Magazine Editors and appeared in The Best American Sports Writing and The Best American Magazine Writing
Valda Witt launched VMW Entertainment in 2014 to produce and invest in the development of high quality independent films and television productions. She began her career at McKinsey & Company and is a graduate of UPenn's Wharton School of Business. Additional experience includes marketing strategy for Clairol and creative services for Polo/Ralph Lauren. Current projects include GORED; LAST MAN STANDING, a feature documentary about the Delta Blues legend CeDell Davis (principal photography March 2015); UNTOT, a sci-fi thriller based on actual events in WWII; and MARRIED YOUNG, a comedy about the trials and tribulations of young family life. Valda also serves as a trustee on a number of education-related boards including the Browning School, the New York Academy of Arts and Prep for Prep.
Meghan Wurtz is an Independent Film Consultant advising filmmakers on film financing and development, festival strategy and film sales. In addition, she consults for independent film companies. Current client: The Orchard, film and music distributor. Previously, Meghan spent 8 years with Film Movement, most recently as Vice President. She handled Business Development and was involved in the acquisition and sales of close to 150+ independent and foreign films. Having held positions at companies including Peacefulfish, European Film Promotion and Northstar Media, Meghan also has extensive international experience and knowledge of the European film and television market.
Director of Photography Boaz Freund has been lensing movies and Video Art over the last decade, titles include Finishing Heaven (HBO), Pro-Day (ESPN) and Son Of The Congo (ESPN). His Video Art work has shown at the MoMA NY and the Metropolitan Museum of Art NY. In 2009 he was awarded an NYC EMMY award for his work on the documentary series "Book Obsessed". Freund lensed the acclaimed documentary Patrolman P, directed by Ido Mizrahy and Premiered on DIRECTV in 2014. GORED is their second collaboration. He continues working on several projects in the US and worldwide.
In addition to his work as an independent filmmaker, Ramón Rivera Moret works as editor and script consultant on fiction and documentary films. He has received grants and awards for his films from The Independent Television Service (ITVS), The Jerome Foundation, The New York State Council on the Arts, The National Endowment for the Arts/American Film Institute, among others. Ramón teaches film theory and practice at Pratt Institute in New York.
Villalobos is a multi-award winning composer based in Los Angeles. Villalobos collaborated with Alberto Iglesias on the Oscar-nominated soundtrack for The Kite Runner, which he orchestrated. He composed the music for the NBC TV series The Philantropist, produced by Barry Levinson & Tom Fontana. His work on The Invisible Eye and Refugiado earned him nominations for Best Original Music in the Argentinian Academy Awards.