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Project of the Day: Former Gang Members Turned Street Saviors on the Streets of Los Angeles

Project of the Day: Former Gang Members Turned Street Saviors on the Streets of Los Angeles

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License to Operate

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A true story of former gang members turned street saviors, working to reverse the violence on the streets of L.A.

Elevator Pitch:

Shot over the summer of 2013, LTO: License to Operate is a
feature-length documentary about former gang members who have come
together on a mission to stop the violence they were once a part of.
These men earned a “license to operate” based on their histories as
leaders in their respective gangs. This status now empowers them to
negotiate on behalf of the community, resolving conflicts and limiting
retaliation killings. In a genre that focuses on violence, License to
Operate is about a viable, working solution coming from within.

Production Team:

Steven Amato – Producer
Rita Baghdadi – Associate Producer
Matt Celenza – Executive Producer
Matt Goodhue – Associate Producer
Mike Gross – Music Supervisor
Jeremiah Hammerling – Cinematography/Director of Photography
Samantha Hart – Executive Producer
Don Kurz – Executive Producer
James Lipetzky – Director
Barking Owl – Music Composition and Sound Design
Stacy Paris – Associate Producer
Andy Patch – Camera Operator
Anna Patel – Editor
Mike Wallen – Producer

About the Production:

“Thanks, in part, to the LTO’s efforts, the murder rate in Los Angeles
has been on a steady decline, recently hitting a 20-year low. We want to
make a film that illustrates just how high the stakes really are,
packed full of emotion, heart, dedication, and unimaginable personal
sacrifice. We set out to inspire people and further the dialogue
surrounding gang violence prevention. As the LTOs say, “LA exported the
problem. It’s time it export the solution.” Getting this film finished
and out into the world is a good step in that direction.” –Sarah Ceglarski

Current Status:


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