Ariel Luna a.k.a. Gato Luna, was born in New York City in July of 1979. A first generation Dominican American, living in Manhattan and then The Bronx, he spent his early life listening to Spanish music, Hip Hop, Soul & R&B. His uncle was a DJ and at the early age of 7, introduced Luna to mixing records. He moved to Miami where he began his path to film making by way of the Music Industry. Engaging on an early start, Luna was spinning in warehouse parties at the age of 14. He then stepped up to playing in night clubs from Miami to New York. Moving up and down the East Coast, Luna experienced a wide range of experiences, cultures and music. In Miami he meets the infamous DJ Khaled. Khaled asked Luna to go on tour with him throughout the East Coast and the Caribbean Islands. After teaming with Khaled, Luna quickly learned the ins and outs of the Music business. He began producing beats in 96' and later made music for some of the pioneers of the Golden Age of Hip Hop like Guru from Gangstarr, and Krazy Bone. He moved back to New York in late 2001 where he lived in Washington Heights. On 179th Street. He meets Legendary Rapper KRS-One while working in Manhattan, and begins to produce music for KRS-One along with the Leader of the Mighty Zulu Nation, Afrika Bambaataa. He later decided to take a leave of absence from Music, and finish his screenplays. In the mid 90's he began writing a project then entitled "Street Star Wars", stories based on true events that happened in 1980's New York. In early 2005 Luna meets Producer and Rapper Alex "A.L." Mosquera. They both had numerous connections so they decided to become partners and put full force behind the 179th Street Project. Having little experience in the film business, they venture out West to Los Angeles where they meet renown actor Danny Trejo. After reading the script, Trejo agrees to attach himself to Luna's project, giving his project the momentum it needed. Later Luna meets Greyson "GORDO" Cruz, who was also in the film buisness. Luna also asks Cruz to join his movement, Cruz agrees fueling more wood to this fire. Gato Luna and his team write stories of Revenge, Greed, Power, Love, and War that come from his experiences in New York City.
Danny Trejo is a Mexican-American actor who has appeared in numerous Hollywood films, most notably in roles as an antagonist, or anti-hero. His acting career began while training actor Eric Roberts for a boxing scene in the film "Runaway Train". Director Andrei Konchalovsky liked Trejo's work and decided to offer him a prominent role in the film. Since then, Trejo has become a prolific actor in both films and television, acting alongside some of Hollywood's most famous actors, including Johnny Depp, Al Pacino, Nicolas Cage, Charles Bronson, George Clooney, John Malkovich, Robert De Niro, Harrison Ford, Val Kilmer, and Antonio Banderas. In the middle of 2005, Danny was approached by Luna and Mosquera on the streets of Los Angeles. Luna gave Trejo the script, and they have been good friends ever since. Danny Trejo has brought true value to this project, and has connected Luna and Mosquera to some of the most elite actors in the film business. In the film "179th Street" Danny is a Co-Producer and also plays the character "Raul Ceviche"
Greyson "GORDO" Cruz - Associate Producer/ Actor
Greyson Cruz aka GORDO to many, is not the average Associate Producer. Cruz has been involved with the Entertainment business for many years. In more ways than most, Cruz has been an influence to many of the infamous Rappers of this Generation. He was first scene on film in the movie/documentary "Fade to Black" produced by his long time associate Jay-Z. His follow up role was in the film "Killa Season"where he also wrote scenes in the film. "Killa Season" put the official typecast on his Character of a Drugdealer in film. Ironically Cruz was born and raised in New York's Uptown area of Manhattan. As a teen Cruz was living in a city ridden with Drugdealers and drug addicts, so playing these typecast roles has never been hard for Cruz. He took his experiences in the street and began to write scripts and has caught the attention of many film makers. In 2007, Cruz meets Luna and since then have been working together on 179th Street. Currently Cruz is an Associate Producer on the project, and will soon be following up with his own slate of films.