Imitation continues to be the highest form of flattery, in short doc, King of the Road

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Growing up in east San Jose, California the youngest of six children from a single-parent household, Rick Torres had a passion for entertaining. What are the odds for a young boy to achieve his dreams? Depends on your drive and depends on your luck. How badly do you want to achieve your goals? How about rising to the #1 Bay Area Elvis Tribute Artist since 2008 on Gigmasters?

As we hear testimony from Rick’s former drama teacher, his bandmates and, those who have hired him to be a part of their special occasions, we learn about Rick’s struggles and what inspires him to keep going.

Directors Note:
Like many people, I am drawn to a good story. We all have special talents to share and unique voices. When I come across something or someone that inspires me, I want to share that inspiration with others.

I met Rick six years ago when the company I worked for hired him to perform on-site. As I watched his energy fill the room he transformed his audience, I became curious about him and wanted to know more about his path, his story.


Our paths crossed again back in 2017 and for me, it was a sign to tackle my first documentary and share Rick’s inspirational story with you.

Cate Celso (Director) – is a filmmaker based in San Francisco, CA. She has worked for several years in live-action and animation film production. Cate started writing and directing short films with some fellow co-workers and eventually joined indie film groups where she continues to contribute her skills. Currently, she is working on building her body of work as a Director. This is her first documentary and third short film.

Ashley Hirt (Producer) – Ashley Hirt is a Canadian born filmmaker living in Los Angeles. Her storytelling often reflects her mixed cultural roots of growing up in a Metis and Scottish family. Known for co-producing the feature film "Black Field" which has received numerous accolades including the Amazon Video Direct Award (2017) at the Sundance Film Festival (2017). Ashley’s work is usually female-driven content and supports Indigenous artists. She is an alumna of the National Screen Institute of Canada and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (London).

Sean Wells (Director of Photography) - Sean makes stuff and likes to help other people make stuff. He mostly works in the dark as a colorist but as Director of Photography on King of the Road, he's working with light.