When we set out to make this piece, our goal was to empower children throughout the country, so that they could better operate out of love and not fear. We believe that this approach is crucial to help curve the epidemic of bullying in the United States. If we can better help children to love themselves and feel empowered, it will lessen their need to project their fears onto others.
Pack a Lunch and Wear Comfortable Shoes is the brainchild of producer/director, Tony Estrada. This 1.5 - 2 hour program includes a screening of ¡Viva la Revolución!, a discussion about the film’s anti-bullying themes, and a talk on self-empowerment that helps children to better define their principles and personal moral compass. Moreover, we talk about the art of vulnerability and boundary setting, and the power that it provides each and every one of us when used appropriately. The presentation is a high energy, musically enhanced, emotionally charged, and perspective shifting event that engages children on a level that they can comprehend and utilize to influence their actions in the future.
Tony is a director, producer, and youth empowerment speakers based in Los Angeles, CA. He has produced content for clients including CBS, LA County, Niagara Bottling, Mattel, and Phantom Auto. His short film, Bridesman, starring Danny Trejo, is currently being developed as a feature, alongside several other tv and film projects under his Esquared Entertainment umbrella. His films have screened at festivals nationally, and have earned many awards and recognition including the Santa Barbara Film Festival and the Academy Award Qualifying LA Shortsfest. Tony’s writing has been published in national and international publications, including Elephant Journal, The Advocate and Thought Catalog. ¡Viva la Revolución! will mark Tony’s fourth short film.
Maite is one of the most popular and successful artists in the Latin World. She’s starred in some of the most well-known “Telenovelas”, including Rebelde. Also a musician, Maite has performed sold out concerts in Brazil, Mexico, Spain and Ecuador. Her most recent single with Colombian artist, Reykon, “Bum Bum Dale Dale” was an international hit and a viral sensation with the “Bum Bum Dale Dale Challenge”. In 2016, she partnered with the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) to combat child trafficking, and labor exploitation.
Monique is an American actress, dancer, singer, entrepreneur, and philanthropist best known for her co-starring role in Disney's "High School Musical" movies, in which she plays Taylor McKessie. Coleman also had a recurring role on "The Suite Life of Zack & Cody", as a school girl named Mary–Margaret, along with Ashley Tisdale. She also competed in the third edition of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars", finishing in fourth place. Coleman was named the first ever UN Youth Champion for the International Year of Youth. Currently, her tv show, Gimme ‘Mo is a youth driven TV series that exposes the issues young people face in their lives. It currently shows on Discovery Life on Wednesdays at 8am.
Miya is a fast rising young actress with starring roles in the blockbuster, The Darkest Minds and the upcoming Netflix Original, Rim of the World. Originally from Northern California, Cech now resides in Los Angeles. Miya, who was adopted from Japan as a baby and raised with her three siblings, two of which who were adopted as well, looks forward to shedding light on the domestic and international process of adoption as she continues to grow in her career. For Cech, it is important to normalize the topic of adoption, giving children in the adoption system a platform in which they are comfortable discussing their experiences.