Create and Engage With Public Media: The Pushouts Documentary Case Study - Friday, June 23rd - Creators Studio 1
William D. Caballero is a multimedia filmmaker, whose directorial work can be seen on HBO, Univision, and PBS, as well as over 75 film festivals, including Sundance and Slamdance. Excelling in the art of telling “big stories using small figures,” his recent accomplishments include a host of short films and several web-series featuring 3D miniature printed protagonists. An eclectic artist, Caballero has devoted himself to creating compelling art that empowers, enlightens, and expresses his creativity, culture, and curiosity.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, raised in Fayetteville, North Carolina, he received a BFA in Digital Art from Pratt Institute, and an MA in The Arts and Humanities in Education from NYU.
His first major project, was an autobiographical documentary entitled “American Dreams Deferred,” which followed the journey of his Puerto Rican-American family, and debuted on PBS in 2012. Caballero later created the philosophical silent film, “Seed Story”, featuring hundreds of one inch tall characters, which would debut at over 50 film festivals across the globe.In 2015, he developed a web-series titled “Gran’pa Knows Best”, featuring 3D printed miniatures of his Puerto Rican grandfather, offering quirky advice to millennial viewers. The series was quickly licensed by HBO for two seasons, and debuted on most of its digital platforms in September 2015. Later that year, he developed another web-series for Univision, focusing on capturing the powerful experiences of members of the Dreamers Movement, and filming them using 3D printed and scanned replicas of each participant. This project debuted on Univision in 2016.
Caballero’s latest short film, “Victor and Isolina”, will debut at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. 2017 will also see a new web-series funded by PBS, called “Storybored USA”, which features 3D printed figures of Caballero as host, exploring the creative process, and empowering young and diverse millennials to add their voice to the American narrative.