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Gatekeeper Foundation, under the leadership of filmmaker and journalist John Carlos Frey and producer Jack Lorenz, is a 501(c)3 organization that was established to create documentary films, eductional material and news programs to highlight the issues of human and civil rights seldom covered by traditional media. All productions focus on marginalized communities.

To date we have produced seven documentary films and one narrative film as well as several television news programs that have been viewed by millions of people. We have also presented panels and symposiums to over two hundred organizations, colleges and high schools. Amnesty International, the ACLU, the Anti-Defamation League, Human Rights Watch, The National Immigration Forum, The Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, The University of Notre Dame, Columbia University, Stanford University, Harvard Univiersity and numerous other organizations, colleges, universities and foundations have recognized, funded and honored the work of the Gatekeeper Foundation. See entire list.

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John Carlos Frey - Filmmaker/Journalist reveals a seldom seen world of migrant life and marginalized communities through his vast work along the U.S. Mexico border and within immigrant communities in the U.S.. His first hand approach to documenting and reporting about immigrant struggles has gained him national and international notoriety. In his 2007 documentary film, The Invisible Mexicans of Deer Canyon, John Carlos Frey spent over a year documenting and living amongst the Mexican migrants of McGonigle Canyon located in a wealthy San Diego suburb. The migrants live outdoors in third-world conditions hidden in the canyon. In 2009 he traveled along the U.S. Mexico border from Brownsville, TX to San Diego, CA to document the construction of the new border walls for his eye opening film, The 800 Mile Wall. In 2011, Mr. Frey infiltrated, followed and documented the journey of a migrant group from Altar, MX, across the U.S. Mexico border and walked through the desert of Arizona for days, putting his own life at risk for the documentary, Life and Death on the Border seen on Current TV.

Recently Mr. Frey’s investigative work has been featured on the 60 Minutes segment entitled, The All American Canal, which garnered the CBS News program a recent Emmy Award nomination. He has also recently completed a segment for Dan Rather Reports entitled, Angel of the Desert and is currently working with PBS’ news program, Need to Know on a segment about border violence. John Carlos Frey has worked on stories for The Nation Institute and is also a regular contributor to the Huffington Post. Articles about his work have been published in The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal, among others.

Mr. Frey’s work has been recognized by Amnesty International, THE ACLU, The Anti Defamation League, Human Rights Watch, National Immigration Forum, National Center for Farmworker Health, The League of United Latin American Citizens, The Joan B. Kroc Institute of Peace and Justice as well as the Hispanic Congressional Caucus in Washington, D.C. for his realistic depiction of migrant life in the United States. His other film credits include The Gatkeeper (2003), The Invisible Chapel (2007), One Border One Body (2008) and Missionaries for Migrants (2011).

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Jack Lorenz - Producer started his career in the film business in the late 1980’s working for Roger Corman. He worked on several low budget features before being hired by Vestron Pictures as Vice President of Production working on films such as "The Rainbow" starring Glenda Jackson and "Midnight Crossing" starring Faye Dunaway. He also worked extensively in Europe and Asia during that time. In 1991 he was hired by the Walt Disney Studios to help run the production arm of Buena Vista Pictures. While there he supervised the production of approximately twelve films.

After Buena Vista Lorenz became an independent producer working with Linda Lavin at Big Deal Inc. where he produced the critically acclaimed cable film "The Rose Garden" starring Mary Tyler Moore and Linda Lavin. The film was the highest rated film ever on the ABC Family Channel.

In 1995 Lorenz was hired by Peter Guber to run the production arm of his new entity, Mandalay Entertainment. While there was responsible for the production of twenty feature films and television movies. Among the more successful were, "Donnie Brasco", starring Johnny Depp and Al Pacino, "Seven Years in Tibet", starring Brad Pitt, and "I Know What You Did Last Summer".

In late 1999 Lorenz retuned to independent producing with "Vampires Los Muertos", starring Diego Luna and Jon Bon Jovi for Screen Gems as well as the self financed and distributed,"The Gatekeeper", which became a critical and film festival success, winning 9 best pictures awards at film festivals across the country. Since then he has collaborated with director John Carlos Frey on The Invisible Mexicans of Deer Canyon, The Invisible Chapel, One Border-One Body and their most recent film, The 800 Mile Wall.

Jack graduated from California State University with a degree in Theatre History, he lives in Los Angeles.

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