SEVEN STEPS TO HEAVEN
Ron Oscar Sierra
Aspiring jazz musician, Theophilus Augustus Young Jr., the son of a wealthy Belizean American architect, searches to define his own path as a man. Unfulfilled by his love life, he travels to the homeland of his parents to seek out Lupita, a young woman he fell for as an adolescent during his first family trip to Belize.
Theo does not reveal his identity to Lupita, posing as a tourist. He signs up for a series of excursions with her small tourism company and they travel the country getting to know each other all over again. Lupita, initially wary of Theo’s intentions, cautiously guards her heart. As she lowers her defenses, Theo learns of her secrets and flaws, challenging his perfect fantasy of her.
In 2018 Leon Lozano, a native of Oakland California, wrote, directed, and produced My Father Belize; the film shot on location in Belize Central America and stars Arlen Escarpeta (The Oath, Whitney) and Roger Guenveur Smith (Dope, Do the Right Thing). In 2019 the film premiered at HollyShorts Film Festival in Hollywood California, and Variety mentioned it as one of the most notable entries. In 2008, Lozano made his feature film debut with Something is Killing Tate, winner of 12 “Best of” film festival awards. Holding a Bachelors Degree in social work from the University of California Berkeley and a Masters Degree in film and television production from the University of Southern California, Lozano has made a career out of combining social advocacy and film. His work has screened on Showtime, Netflix, Starz, and Comart.
Ron Oscar Sierra
In 2018 Ron Oscar Sierra, a native of Los Angeles California, wrote and produced My Father Belize. Sierra got his start in the entertainment industry as a professional actor with featured roles on HBO’s Arliss and ABC’s My Wife and Kids as well as numerous roles in national commercial campaigns. His work in front of the camera sparked a passion for storytelling and soon Sierra started crafting his own film and television concepts as a director and writer. His first break came as producer Keenan Ivory Wayans optioned an animated children’s show written by Sierra. In 2016 Sierra wrote, directed, and produced his first short film “THE PERFECT FAMILY” which was accepted into six film festivals globally and is currently on YouTube with over 80,000 views.