From the Episode: Fire and Fury


| March 12, 2013

Columbia University / 2012 / 11 minutes / English / Color


“If you have fireworks, we’ll kick it with you.”

At what point do boys stop tugging on pigtails to grab a girl’s attention? Set against a Fourth of July backdrop in South Los Angeles, two adolescent boys are on a quest to acquire fireworks on the black market in an attempt to appeal to girls’ affinity for “sparkly stuff.” Featuring quasi-interviews with the young cast, a charming portrait emerges of youth coming of age in a time of national celebration. Directed by Victor Hugo Duran. Official Selection at the 2012 LA Film Festival. Principal Cast: Roger Cruz, Alberto Castaneda, Irene Sorto, Azucena Benitez and Edgar Vanegas.

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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