Ruby De Fresno is a person of many talents—entrepreneur, business woman, impresario. Owner of the legendary Faultline Bar in Los Angeles, she is also the Executive Producer of a scripted pilot for television, and presents live entertainment, working most recently with Lucha Va Voom.
RUBY DE FRESNO, PRESIDENT, BOLDWELL INC. | EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, F*CK YOU LADY | OWNER, FAULTLINE BAR
What got you interested in producing for television? RUBY DE FRESNO: I’m interested in opportunities in the entertainment business generally. The pilot is about a woman who happens to be transgender navigating a sea of toxic masculinity. It’s a comedy, of course. It’s like Mary Tyler Moore for the new millennium. This was one of the most satisfying experiences I’ve had. It allowed me to work with some really talented people, including several American Film Institute alumni.
Talk about Faultline’s historical importance and role as a touchstone for the LGBTQ community. RF: It started off as the Red Rouge which was owned by Judy Garland’s husband Sid Luft. Her handprints can be found in a slab of concrete behind the bar. Then it was The Stud and Griff’s before it became the Faultline in 1994. So this location has a long and important history in the gay community. Younger patrons are less concerned about old boundaries. We welcome anyone who wants to share a positive experience.
How did your role as an LGBTQ advocate begin? RF: I was living in West Hollywood after Proposition 8 passed, and the protests were unlike anything I’d ever witnessed. I purchased a bullhorn and found direct action inspiring. Today I continue to stand up for what’s right and support those making a difference.