The Animator's Journey -
Jorge R. Gutiérrez is an award-winning animator, painter, writer and director born in Mexico City and raised in Tijuana. Gutierrez, a CalArts BFA & MFA grad, is the creator and director of films, cartoons, and paintings inspired by his deep love for Mexican pop and folk culture. He and his wife Sandra Equihua created the multiple Emmy award-winning animated television series, "El Tigre, The Adventures of Manny Rivera" for Nickelodeon. In 2014 Gutierrez ;co-wrote and directed the animated film "The Book of Life" produced by Guillermo del Toro for 20th Century Fox. Most recently he directed the Emmy nominated VR short "Son of Jaguar" for Google Spotlight Stories and is currently writing and directing a limited series "Maya and The Three" for Netflix.
Benjamin Lobato is the Co-Showrunner and Executive Producer on USA’s hit show QUEEN OF THE SOUTH, which is entering its fourth season. He previously served as supervising producer and has been part of the writing staff for the series' entire run. He was formerly Supervising Producer on DirectTV’s ICE for Antoine Fuqua and an Executive Story Editor on NBC/Universal’s SHADES OF BLUE starring Jennifer Lopez.
Ben got his start working on CBS’s THE UNIT, and FX’s JUSTIFIED; for which he, along with the writing staff, received a Peabody Award, and WGA Nomination for Best New Series. He holds an MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and degrees in Media Arts and Creative Writing from the University of Arizona.Before beginning his career as a screenwriter, he served as a member of the military’s Joint Counter-Narco-Terrorism Task Force.
Julian Kiani is a comedian and writer of Peruvian and Iranian heritage with a degree in Political Science and Theology from Boston College. He is currently a writer on NBC's comedy competition series BRING THE FUNNY and has written on the comedies I FEEL BAD and MARLON. He was a contributor to SNL's Weekend Update and has written for CBS, Comedy Central, YouTube and the NBA, among others. He hosts a monthly comedy show in L.A., We're All Friends Here, and co-founded the Brooklyn Comedy Festival. He is fluent in Spanish, a trained guitarist, an avid basketball player, and thinks about nachos constantly.
Eva Vives won the Best Short Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and Cannes Film Festival with FIVE FEET HIGH AND RISING, a short she cast, edited and produced. She followed that up with the feature RAISING VICTOR VARGAS, which she co- wrote. Vives’ short film JOIN THE CLUB premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2016. That same year, she attended the Sundance Screenwriters Lab, Directors Lab, Skywalker Sound and Music and the Producers Lab.
Her semi-autobiographical debut feature ALL ABOUT NINA, starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Common, opened in theaters last year and is available on Netflix. Vives just finished directing an episode of the hit TV show THE AFFAIR, which will air in August.
Gabriela Tagliavini is an award-winning writer/director who has directed 7 feature films. She had the opportunity to direct starts like Sharon Stone, Eva Longoria, Kate Del Castillo, Billy Zane, Paul Rodriguez, Christian Slater and Mike Tyson. She worked as a writer and director for HBO Films, Disney, Buena Vista, Viacom, VH1, MTV, Starz, Videocine, CNN, Maverick, Televisa, Telemundo, ABC, Comedy Central, Amazon and Netflix.
Tagliavini received a Bachelors Degree in film directing and a Masters Degree in screenwriting from the prestigious American Film Institute (AFI). Her last film “How To Break Up With Your Douchebag” opened #1 in the box-office in Mexico, beating “Blade Runner.” For this film, Gabriela was nominated for 2 Imagen Awards (which airs on PBS) for Best Director and Best Picture of the year. She was the only female and Latina director to be nominated (next to “Shape of Water” and “Coco”).
Gabriela recently sold a pitch to Amazon to write and direct her own TV series produced by Ben Silverman. And she is currently finishing the post of her new movie for Netflix which will be released in May 2019 in 147 countries. Gabriela Tagliavini is represented by CAA.
Directing the Indie Film
Alex Rivera is an American filmmaker. He started his directing career with the short “The Sixth Section”, after which he shot his first feature film, Sleep Dealer. The Infiltrators, which he co-directed with Cristina Ibarra, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.