About the Writer/Director
An award-winning Latino writer/director and producer, Gustavo has a very wide range of scripts both for feature films and Television. He was hired as head writer by Sony Pictures Television International to develop and write an action/thriller, now in development.
• DESTINS CROISÉS (CROSSED DESTINIES) - 13 min. Dark Comedy/Thriller, Canada, 2012. Writer/ Director/ Producer
The lives of three wannabe gangsters spin out of control when they encounter a mysterious old woman crawling in the street.
• VOLVERTE A VER (See You Again) – 103 min. Romantic Comedy, Mex, 2008 – Director/Editor.
A successful fashion designer falls in love with a radio host and a beautiful reporter not knowing she’s the same woman.
. UMBRAL (supernatural thriller) - TV. In the year 2030, a group of Generation Z friends get together to party to receive the New Year,
only to find themselves immersed in a haunting, uncanny experience that opens the gates to a new dimension and forces them to question their own reality.
• BLEMISH (drama) - Feature Film Screenplay. A young cello prodigy from the Bronx struggles to overcome his Asperger's symptoms and traumatic past with the help of a forgotten Soviet virtuoso to achieve greatness. Cynosure and CWA Screenplay Competition Quaterfinals. Top 10% Austin Film Festival.
• FAITH (action/thriller), Head Writer, Feature Film Screenplay, TV Bible and Series Loglines.
A TV series for Latin America, “FAITH” follows a man’s dangerous quest to expose sinister organizations in South America.
• THE EXILE (drama), Feature Film Screenplay.
When a criminal judge is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, he abandons his family to repair his damaged past... before it vanishes. (Top Finalist in the BARCELONA FILM FESTIVAL, STARZ DENVER FILM FESTIVAL, FINAL DRAFT’s BIG BREAK International Screenwriting Contest and Top 10 % in Austin Film Festival).
• FRACTURE(S) (drama), original TV pilot. A visceral, character-driven drama about how a group of NYC Emergency Service Dispatchers cope with the agonizing life and death situations they face 24/7.
• GONE POSTAL! (dramedy), original TV pilot and Bible.
When a liberal, thrice-divorced NYU professor of political science testifies against a mob boss, he must abandon his beloved daughter to go into the witness protection program that lands him inside an Alaska dysfunctional Post Office back room.
• BIOSPHERE 3.1 (sci-fi drama), original TV pilot.
Set in 2099, Biosphere 3.1 explores the nature of pain and healing as seen through the eyes of a rebellious 18 year-old A.I. (Artificial Intelligence) locked inside a hermetically sealed Holistic rehab ecosystem, who must fight her addiction to kill or surrender to the newly found love she feels for her next victim.
• PALOMAR (dark comedy/thriller), Feature Film Screenplay, Screen Adaptation from the Gilbert Hernandez’s LOVE AND ROCKETS Graphic Novel /Comic Book.
When the hot-blooded, rebellious wife of a ruthless drug lord escapes to a lost Central American village seeking a peaceful new beginning, her life becomes a living hell by the eccentric inhabitants who worship her but also from the assassins sent to wipe everybody out.
• FILE No.6353 (drama), Feature Film Screenplay. Screen Adaptation from award-winning novel “No One Will See Me Cry”, by Cristina Rivera Garza.
A down and out aristocrat moonlighting as a portrait photographer in a mental asylum risks his own downfall to rescue the rebellious woman he loves from insanity. But, is her madness real?
• NAHUEL’S DREAMS (drama), Feature Film Screenplay. Semi-finalist, Chesterfield Screenwriting Competition.
After witnessing the brutal murder of his parents, a little boy escapes the military with his blind friend and his shaman grandfather while finding refuge in his uncanny dream world.
• “TOXIC” - BREAKING BAD -spec (drama), from AMC TV series.
Skyler’s baby daughter is kidnapped by El Escorpion Salamanca, (Tuco’s older brother), while she’s having sex at work with Ted, her boss. Walt comes to a violent confrontation with Jesse after learning Walter Jr. and friends were jailed for buying meth from Skinny Pete, Jesse’s close friend and dealer…all leading to a dramatic showdown at the White House.
• “WEEK 10: GINA –FRIDAY 7 PM” – IN TREATMENT-spec (drama), from HBO TV series.
Paul, on the verge of a breakdown after a traumatic week ending in an MRI, comes apart when Kate shows unexpectedly interrupting his already tumultuous session with Gina.
Currently Working On
• AMNESIA (drama/ thriller). Original TV pilot.
• THE ENVOY (drama). Original TV pilot.
• THE PLAGUE OF LIGHTHOUSE KEEPERS (drama) – Feature Film Screenplay.
• TV Storywise Spec and Pilot Tele-Seminars, w/ Jen Grisanti March – June 2010
• TV Storywise Seminar-Gearing up for Staffing and Development Season, w/ Jen Grisanti Feb 2010
• TV Storywise Pitch and Pilot Seminar, w/ Jen Grisanti July 2009
• M.F.A, Animation Program, UCLA 1989-1991
• B.F.A, Film Directing, SUNY College at Purchase, NY 1983-1988
• Queens College, Liberal Arts Program, CUNY (Dean’s List). 1982-1983
As Director Experience - Directing
• 23 years as writer/director of short films, music videos, TV commercials and a Feature Film.
• VOLVERTE A VER / “See You Again” , Romantic Comedy - Mexico SDB/BAZOOKA/S.D. FILMS/VIDEOCINE - Direction, Screenplay Adaption, Editing. 2008-9
Film Production Companies (as TV Commercial/ Music Video Director)
• CIBOLO FILMS, CINECONCEPTO USA/ MEXICO, SAVILLE PRODUCTIONS, A BAND APART, ARSENAL FILMS,
LA BANDA FILMS, MILAGRO FILMS, PLANET, INC., FILMMATES.
TV Commercials/TV Promos - Director
• 100+ TV spots/TV promos for clients such as Paramount TV, McDonald’s, Chivas Regal, Volkswagen, Coca- Cola, 7-UP, Dr Pepper, Kimberley-Clark, Kellogg’s, HSBC, Procter and Gamble, Pepsi, Nestle, California Health Department, Samsung, Astra-Zeneca, Microsoft, Wal-Mart. Ad Agencies: JWT, Teran TBWA, Leo Burnett, McCann, BBDO, DDB, Saatchi and Saatchi.
Music Videos - Director/Writer/ Editor
• 180 Music Videos for Grammy Award Artists such as Shakira, Vanessa Williams, Johnny Cash, Ricky Martin, Gloria Estefan,
Julio Iglesias, Mana, Juanes, Crystal Waters, Academy- Award Winner Gustavo Santaolalla, etc.
Music Labels: Warner Brothers, Sony Music, Universal Music Group, Virgin, EMI Group, Jive Rec., Atlantic Rec., Capitol Rec.,
Verve/Mercury, BMG, etc. Tie-In Movie Soundtrack music videos: Anastasia, Crazy/Beautiful, Zapata, Dance With Me.
Awards and Nominations
• Winner Premios Oye 2010
• Winner Latin Grammy, Best Video of the Year 2005
• Winner Premios Lo Nuestro Univision 2006, 2005, 2003, 1996
• Winner MTV Latin America, People’s Awards 2002
• Winner Billboard Latin Music Awards, Pop Video of The Year 1997
• Nominated, Latin Grammy, MTV Latina, Best Video of The Year 2006, 2003, 2002, 2001
TV / Shows/ Press
• Interviews and Work shown in MTV, MTV3, MTV Latino, Mun2, HTV, Univision, Televisa, Telehit, MuchMusic, Channel 22 (Mexico).
• Newspapers, Magazine Articles: EL UNIVERSAL, REFORMA, MILENIO, EXCELSIOR, PREMIERE, LOFT, COMPLOT, MARVIN, RIZOMA,TELEMUNDO, ERES (Mexico).
. English, Spanish.
For writing samples, (treatments, screenplays, TV pilots, etc.) please go to the contact page and drop me an email. Thanks.