Kickstart This:  Gentrification Comedy ‘GUAP’
Photo Credit: S & A

Kickstart This: Gentrification Comedy ‘GUAP’

guap logo_final_kickstarter ed1


Yet another worthy Kickstarter campaign for you all to support, this one with an underrepresented segment in film – the Dominican-American experience.

OBIE Award Winning actor Chris Myers makes his solo writing debut with “GUAP,” a quirky character driven comedy exploring gentrification in Washington Heights, NYC.

The independent pilot is currently crowdfunding on Kickstarter for the $20,000 required to begin principal photography at the end of August, and has received 20% of the budget in its first 24 hours.





Using the lens of food, “GUAP” tracks the Lopez family restaurant as it struggles to deal with the pressures of rising rents and a rapidly changing neighborhood. The family unit negotiates the various options before them: adapt, fight the power, or hold out and hope for the best.

Utilizing indie film aesthetics and upfront storytelling, “GUAP” renders gentrification as a family affair, encouraging viewers to start their own conversations about it.

GUAP creator Chris Myers

Myers’ previous short ‘Post Emma,’ received online support from Academy Award nominated director Ava DuVernay. As an actor, Myers has worked with industry icons like Woody Harrelson, Phylicia Rashad, and Frank Langella. He is joined by Patrick Letterii (Co-Director), Haley Rawson (Producer), Jilliani Hamburgo (Assoc. Producer/Casting), and Samora Pinderhuges (Composer), who was recently Musical Director for Black Out For Human Rights’ “#MLKNow” event, which featured Chris Rock, Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson, and many others.

The “GUAP” Kickstarter campaign has an August 18 deadline. Check out the campaign at:


Shadow and Act is a website dedicated to cinema, television and web content of Africa and its global Diaspora. With daily news, interviews, in-depth investigations into the audiovisual industry, and more, Shadow and Act promotes content created by and about people of African descent throughout the world.

© 2023 Shadow & Act. All rights reserved.