Gabe Torres - Writer/Director/Producer
As the writer and director of "Last Stand," Gabe Torres hoped to spread a message of peace, as well as tell a compelling and entertaining story.
Torres began his film career at a young age, when his film "A Short Distance" won first prize from the Photographic Society of America in their 1979 teen film division, providing him with a scholarship that would help send him to film school at University of Southern California. While at USC, Torres won several scholarships and awards for his work, including the Edward G. Small Scholarship in both directing and writing.
Upon graduation in 1985, Torres wrote and directed "The Legend of Firefly Marsh," a half-hour short film about a boy and his grandfather on a quest to save a prehistoric beast from being trapped forever in an upstate New York lake. The film aired as a young people's special on NBC and continues to air on the Disney Channel.
The powerful 1991 drama "December" marked Torres' feature film debut. Written and directed by Torres, the film stared Balthazar Getty, Jason London, Brian Krause, Wil Wheaton and Chris Young. It features the story of five teens who test the bounds of friendship as they confront their feelings about war the day after Pearl Harbor is attacked. The film was chosen as the closing night film at the Hawaii International Film Festival, premiering in Honolulu on December 7, 1991. Torres also directed the stark 1998 dramatic feature "Bartender," which made its premiere at the Austin Film Festival.
Some of Torres' extensive television directing credits include the hit ABC series "The Land of the Lost," "Unsolved Mysteries," "Beyond Chance," "Arrest & Trial," Fox Network's fantasy action series "Big Bad Beetleborgs," "Mystic Knights of Tir Na Nog" and Discovery Channel's "Animal Rescue Kids."