Do you know those people who your friends all know but you don’t know?
That’s Tony Gapastione.
He and I have been running in similar circles for a long time. We have countless friends in common. We both attended North Park University for a season. We both went to undergrad in Rockford, IL. We are both pastors and actors. As it turns out, we also spoke on the phone years ago while I was on staff at The Marin Foundation. We recently connect through Twitter thanks to a mutual friend who listens to my podcast. He immediately thought I needed to have Tony on an episode.
Tony has been a pastor in the Bay Area for a long time. He has also worked as an actor. Recently, he completed his first short film entitled, 1440 and Counting. The film stars Loretta Devine as a burned-out teacher one day away, 1440 minutes, from retirement. However, a student from her past shows up again in her life and within minutes, her life is turned upside down.
The film is now available on Vimeo. You can rent it for $1.40 or purchase it for $14.40 (see what they did there?). I highly recommend checking it out. It’s an exciting film. Surprised by the ending, I immediately watched it a second time. All the money from each rental and purchase goes directly toward Tony’s second film, Neighbor.
Beginning production in just a couple more weeks, Neighbor is the story of a homeless man who witnesses a kidnapping only to discover a deep and ugly secret about girls being trafficked in a quaint suburban town.
In Episode Four of The Why Behind the What, I interview Tony about his most recent film, 1440 and Counting as well as his upcoming project, Neighbor. He shares a little bit about his journey from Illinois to California, how his faith has shaped his career, the story behind his films and how he came up with each script, and how he hopes to continue to tell stories that impact lives and bring awareness to injustice.
If you’re intereted in learning more about Tony, check out his website here.