David Keyes checks in with Los Angeles-based filmmaker Pablo Miralles, whose current project is a documentary film about the USA-Mexico soccer rivalry called "Gringos at the Gate," scheduled for release after the 2010 World Cup.
During qualification for the 2010 World Cup, Miralles was talking with some Mexican friends of his and suggested that it was possible that the USA could beat Mexico at Azteca Stadium. Their shocked response showed him that “there is something really deep and important here.” He wondered to himself, “Why is that different for an American fan, who might say, ‘that would be cool!’ versus a Mexican fan, who would describe the same result as ‘catastrophic’?”
Miralles got in touch with two old UCLA film school classmates of his, Mike Whalen, based in Santa Clara, and Roberto Donati, in Mexico. Together, they have been working for nearly two years to make their vision reality. "Gringos at the Gate" explores what soccer means to citizens of the two North American neighbors, especially in light of the U.S. team's dramatic improvement in recent years.