Gabe Duran

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Hello, My name is Gabriel Duran and I am a Graduate student in the film/video section of the Art and Art History Department. I am an award winning filmmaker that strives to tell compelling stories through my artwork.

As a filmmaker I have been shooting films mostly deal with my heritage as a Latino. I grew up with grand parents that spoke little English. They helped me keep my Spanish to an "acceptable" level when I was around them. Since their passing I have found it difficult to reconnect to my language. So as a means to put my self back into that familiar place I have been shooting my projects all in Spanish. Doing so brings me back to who I am and what I need to reconnect myself. I use my art and my story telling to express my ideas to the world. I make my films about who I am and where I come from. My creative side flourishes when I write about my heritage and about who I am.

I want to breathe new life into the underrepresented Chicano experience and bring the audience closer to me through my stories. I desire to use storytelling as a tool to bring the audience into my world, a world that mainstream media ignores, or when it does "shed-light" on it, it's done from a stereotypical outsiders point of view. Debunking those stereotypes and connecting with people emotionally is the reason I make films.
As a graduate student I aim to express my art at a higher level. The art that I make is made to help people see the other side of who I am. I write to open minds and to pay tribute to others that have paved the way for me.

Following

  1. Rustin Rogers
  2. UTArlingtonSFVO
  3. Geoff McGee
  4. Hector Galan
  5. UT-Austin Radio-Television-Film
  6. Terence Brown
  7. Jorge Garza
  8. J. Xavier Velasco
  9. Iris Lopez
  10. Daniel Laabs
  11. Christoph Kuschnig
  12. Exodus Filmworks (Ya'Ke)
  13. Travis Bleen
  14. marilynn biggers
  15. Savage Films
  16. Laura Lilia Trevino
  17. Christina Sanchez
  18. Jamie Buckley

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