I’m a director & writer who navigates between fiction, documentary and web content. I have a special interest in exploring characters in the edges of society and an affinity for tonal extremes, be it the tender or the dark.
I grew up traveling back and forth between Lima, Peru and Lawrence, Kansas. I studied Journalism & Film at the University of Lima, and after a few years of shooting corporate videos for mining and gas companies in remote areas of Peru, I made “Silencio”, a short that landed me a spot in the directing program at the American Film Institute.
My AFI thesis film, “Wednesday Afternoon”, screened in over 25 festivals around the world and won the Student Academy Award. In 2008, I directed “Viva La Causa”, a documentary for the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance Film Series, which was shortlisted for the Documentary Short Subject Academy Award. In 2010, I directed the unscripted web drama “Untitled Fiction Project” and in 2012 its follow up, the interactive thriller “Untitled Murder Project 2.0”.
In 2013, Gravitas Ventures released my first feature film, the comedy/drama “The Story of Luke”, starring Lou Taylor Pucci, Seth Green, Cary Elwes and Kristin Bauer. The film won over 20 top festival prizes including Best Film from the San Diego Film Festival, Irvine Film Festival and San Luis Obispo Film Festival, and Audience Awards from Bahamas International Film Festival and San Francisco IndieFest.
I teach directing & screenwriting at New York Film Academy, Los Angeles campus.
I live in Los Angeles with my wife and sons.