"The Motivator: The Business Of Selling Hope" is a revealing (and often hilarious) behind-the-scenes look at the business of being a motivational speaker. The film, which marked the directorial debut of South Florida filmmaker Dan Perez, documents a weekend in the life of international motivational speaker Victor Antonio as he travels from his home in Georgia to deliver a keynote in front of 2500 guests at a national conference in Philadelphia.
Along the way, Victor shares his candid and uncompromising observations on the business of professional speaking and pulls back the curtain on the billion dollar self-improvement industry. Moreover, he tells how he managed to escape the hardships of "food stamps, government cheese & powdered milk" (as Victor puts it) in one of Chicago's toughest neighborhoods to become one of the top speakers in the business.
The film premiered at the 2008 Rincon International Film Festival where it won the "Director's Choice" award. The film was also an official selection of the 2008 Orlando Hispanic Film Festival and the 2009 Sunscreen Film Festival (voted one of the Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals by MovieMaker Magazine).