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Enrique Diaz | From Central Valley to Silicon Valley
Jesse Gift, an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, met Diaz while producing a documentary on a former field worker-turned-pediatrician. Now Gift has plans for Diaz’s story.“We believe these are stories that must be heard and that mostly have never been told,” said Gift, whose Epic Indy produces film and speaking events. “We’re in development on several film iterations of Enrique’s story, including an animated film, a documentary and a scripted dramatic film.”
Dr. Ramon Resa | Featured in the UC Santa Cruz Magazine
What qualities got Ramon from where he was to where he is today?” says Jesse Gift, producer and director of Ramon Rising. “If you ask him, he’ll tell you he was just lucky, that his second-grade teacher got him started on the idea of college and his fourth-grade teacher put him in the front row instead of where the Mexican kids sat in the back and told him he could do better. But I think it was his willingness not to give up.
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Dr. Resa & Director Jesse Gift on KRON 4 in San Francisco | Click to watch the segment.
GILROY — Dr. Ramon Resa’s earliest childhood memories aren’t of story time, bedtime cuddles or playgrounds. They’re of loneliness, a grumbling, hungry belly, nights in shacks and endless bus rides to agricultural fields across the Central Valley, where he picked crops since the age of 3.
“My whole life I just remember one field after another,” he said. “Grape fields, oranges… just being totally isolated and alone, even though I had tons of family members.” click to read the article