Santa Barbara Politics, Media & Culture

Friday, January 25, 2008

SBIFF World Première of “Don Riders” Documents “Low Rider” Bike Club

Got a request to post this press release about a movie documenting an SBHS program:

An unusual film called “Don Riders” will make it’s World Premiere at Santa Barbara International Film Festival, screening times are Sunday, January 27th 1:00pm at The Marjorie Luke Theater and Tuesday, January 29th 9:30pm at the Center Stage Theater - Paseo Nuevo. This short documentary was produced and directed by Diane Stevens of Pixel Dust Productions and according to Stevens it “will open the eyes of viewers by breaking commonly held stereotypes and also be a once-in-a-life-time opportunity for these Santa Barbara High School students to show their community, and the world-at-large, who they really are and what they are capable of achieving.”

She adds that while working on this film “new friendships were formed, barriers were removed and everyone rallied behind this amazing documentary, including the filming, editing, and even composing an original, spanking music score.” In the end, there is one unifying message the students are saying, “Give Kids a Purpose.’’

Alejandra Gutierrez works as the school’s community service coordinator and also acts as the Don Rider’s co-advisor. The Club’s advisor Pedro Menchaca approached Gutierrez asking if she would be willing to mentor the Lady Don Riders. About the film Gutierrez says: “This film means a lot to me because it not only tells the stories of the students, but it also reflects my life story. I came from a traditional Mexican family and growing up in Santa Barbara I was forced to live in two very different cultures, so I see myself in these students. At the same time, I see the world of opportunities in front of them that they might not be able to see themselves at this point in their young lives. My hope is that this film will show young people, especially those in my culture that they have choices — that it will show them they can have control over their own lives and in their community.”

For more information about the Don Riders Club or the documentary please call: 805-636-9230. For information about SBIFF go to:

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

This documentary has been a great exposure to the students and to the community of the different cultures that the City of Santa Barbara has.

Great Job!

1/29/2008 7:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Go Don Riders!

1/29/2008 7:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alejandra is a wonderful addition to the youth of Santa Barbara. SBHS is lucky to have her!. Her determination and dedication to the youth haved helped students reach their goals and understand their potential. Gang members in college...Alejandra Gutierrez is the only one that can make it happen!

1/31/2008 11:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alejandra G is my hero!
Cant pick no one better to help orient these disoriented kids,she helped me in my time of darkness,thats why I love her and hope she will marry me one day!

1/31/2008 8:04 PM  
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2/01/2008 1:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone know how I can donate to the club? Contact the SBHS?

2/04/2008 11:34 AM  
Anonymous CameraGuyJP said...

Wha you can do to donate to this club is to pay more attension to students/children, yes contact Pedro Menchaca or Alejandra G, donate your time and energy to give these kids positive uplifting!

This documentry has done so much to boost the kids in the club and others who have seen the club grow, their energy and confidence has grown to an unbelievable level!

I am proud to have worked on this project and Diane Stevens has put in so much of her time and love into this movie and into the kids!
She is still helping and mentoring these young students, and hopefully they will grow up and become leaders in our commmunity!

Thanks to all who have commented!

2/09/2008 1:56 PM  

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