From the Episode: Man Up

Kiss Me

| March 10, 2015

UCLA / 2012 / 11 minutes / English / Color

“I know who you are, Kid.”

When your occupation is to tear another man apart, you sometimes have to grapple with unexpected consequences. Especially when you’re as torn as boxer Kid Vargas. Set in the often clandestine world of Latino boxing in East Los Angeles, Kid mentally replays his ring opponent’s death over and over. Outside of the ring, it’s a violent match in his head and his heart: his love-starved wife is begging for affection, his son is looking for a father figure and, within himself, Kid must man up and admit what he really is: a homosexual. Winner Best Student Short Film at the 2012 BendFilm Festival Directed by Jules Nurrish. Principal Cast: Raúl Castillo, Carolyn Zeller, Hansford Prince, Javier Lezama, and Olin Tonatiuh.

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Series Producer
Lisa Landi

Associate Producer
Julia Shackelford

Peter Borg

Zaldy Serrano
Christina Zee White

Original Music
Written and Produced by

John Andrieni

Kevin Cooke
Marie K Lee

Social Media Specialist
Aldo Mora-Blanco

Sarah Hoffner

On Air Promotion
Bridget Louie

William Lowery
Abby Staeble

Director of TV Production
Sandy Schonning

Executive Producer
Scott Dwyer