Gustavo is one of the top writer/directors in the international market today. He was awarded a GRAMMY in the Best Music Video category for Multi- Award Winner Juanes’ video, along with the prestigious Billboard, MTV Latin America Awards, and Premios Lo Nuestro Univision. Gustavo won Premios Oye 2010 Best Music Video of the Year for Alejandro Fernandez’s heartbreaking video “Se Me Va La Voz” and also received his 5th Grammy nomination for a music video for SONY-BMG international sensation Chayanne.
Recently, Gustavo was Jury of the prestigious Guanajuato International Film Festival and has directed a music video with world-music star Lila Downs.
As a director, Gustavo has worked with superstars such as Shakira, Vanessa Williams, Ricky Martin, country legend Johnny Cash, Vonda Shepard, Oscar de la Hoya, Maná, Juanes, Cafe Tacuba, Gloria Estefan, Julio Iglesias, Crystal Waters, Paulina Rubio, Camila, Jesse& Joy and the double Academy Award winner, music producer/composer Gustavo Santaolalla, who composed the soundtracks for “Babel”, “Brokeback Mountain”, “Motorcycle Diaries”, “21 Grams” and “Amores Perros” among many.
His feature film debut, “VOLVERTE A VER” (SEE YOU AGAIN) is a visual romantic comedy he directed in Mexico featuring Alfonso Herrera from the international supergroup RBD.
He has directed near 200 music videos and 100 + hip and visually strong TV commercials for clients such as Coca-Cola, Pepsi, HSBC, Astra–Zeneca, Volkswagen, McDonald’s, Microsoft, Procter & Gamble, Samsung, Wal-Mart, Kimberly-Clark, and Kellogg's along with promos for TV shows "Sabrina the Teenage Witch" and "Entertainment Tonight", for Paramount Pictures’ UPN. He has also directed the Latin Grammy 2006 campaign for WALMART. He recently directed a campaign for 7UP and Dr Pepper.
Gustavo’s strong visual style incorporates lyrical elements in his work, always following a surreal and poetic sense of narrative storytelling. The director explains: “My goal is always to come in contact with those mysterious forces operating behind the visible world thus provoking an active participation in the viewer.”
He has just written and directed DESTINS CROISÉS (Crossed Destinies), a short thriller shot in Quebec, Canada as a guest artist for the KINOMADA PROJECT.
As a screenwriter, he has written both for feature films and TV. His most recent script, THE EXILE, is a heartfelt, character-driven drama about a terminally-ill judge with a dark secret who leaves his family behind to make amends with those he wronged in his past that is rapidly vanishing. The screenplay was the Top Finalist in the 2011 Big Break International Screenplay Contest and was Top 10% in the prestigious Austin Film Festival.
Gustavo just finished writing CRISIS, a visceral, character-driven TV drama about a group of NYC Emergency Service Dispatchers coping with the agonizing life and death situations they face 24/7. In addition, he wrote BIOSPHERE 3.1, an original sci-fi TV drama and GONE POSTAL!, an original TV dramedy. He was recently commissioned to write “FE” (FAITH), an action/thriller TV series for SONY PICTURES TELEVISION INTERNATIONAL for Latin American Distribution.
He also wrote the screenplay adaptation of PALOMAR, A LOVE AND ROCKETS STORY, from the famed graphic novel by comic-book pioneer Gilbert Hernandez. Called the graphic equivalent to the fabulism of Gabriel Garcia Marquez,“ by the Times of London, this dark, surreal comedy tells the story of Luba, a rebellious femme-fatale who escapes from her drug lord husband and settles in the strange town of Palomar in search of a peaceful new life soon to be shattered by rising sexual tensions, jealousy and the arrival of a serial killer whose mission is to wipe the town from the face of the Earth.
The writer/director has recently adapted the screenplay EXPEDIENTE No.6353 (FILE No. 6353), a screen adaptation of the Mexican award-winning novel "Nadie Me Verá Llorar" (NO ONE WILL SEE ME CRY) from writer Cristina Rivera Garza. Set during the 1920’s, this engrossing drama tells the story of Joaquin, a self-exiled photographer inside Mexico City’s Mental Hospital who tries to rescue the mysterious Matilda, a patient and former revolutionary from the asylum’s hardships and her own mental illness. Novelist CARLOS FUENTES calls the book, “one of the most beautiful and perturbing novels ever written in Mexico.”
Gustavo's original screenplay, NOAH'S DREAMS, a heartfelt drama in the tradition of Latin America’s magic realist novels, tells the story of Noah, an 8 year-old boy who escapes from paramilitary forces with his blind friend Clarita after witnessing the brutal murder of his parents. They embark on a mythical journey across small towns and villages where they encounter engrossing tales of love, death and solitude. The screenplay has reached the semi-finals of the prestigious Chesterfield Screenwriting competition.
He was born in Argentina and has been living in the U.S since 1982. He obtained a B.F.A. in Film at the film-conservatory of SUNY College at Purchase and later he received a fellowship to study at the prestigious UCLA M.F.A. Program in Animation, where he studied for 2 years. While in New York, he had a One Person Show the Personal Cinema Series at the Millenium Film Workshop.
Gustavo has also directed soundtrack tie-in projects for feature films such as “Crazy, Beautiful” with Kirsten Dunst for Disney, “Zapata”, "Dance With Me", "Drive Me Crazy" and for Fox’s animated film “Anastasia”.
The writer/ director has also written specs for the AMC series “BREAKING BAD” and HBO’S “IN TREATMENT”.
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