Tell us a little about yourself, where your from, grew up, what H.S./College you attended etc.
I was born in Queens but I come from Brazilian parents. So my nationality is Brazilian American. I went to Mount Vernon High School. I went to Parsons the New School for Design for my undergraduate Bachelor's in Fine Arts.
What inspired you to be an artist/entertainer? Early experiences worth sharing?
I joked early on that I wanted to be President. But I wasn't really sure growing up what the Hell I wanted to do. I didn't have any specific talents. I couldn't draw, sing, dance. I was the fat kid in class so I was really shy. So I just took pictures and wrote a lot. I liked writing stories and at one point the teacher asked me to read aloud my remixed version of the three little pigs story where the three little pigs capture the wolf using their smarts. That really sparked my interest in storytelling.
I'm a huge nerd so I found myself mostly playing video games, gazing at movies, watching cartoons, and "nerding" up of all kinds. After awhile, I started making videos about video games and I knew I wanted to be involved in the video game world. But when I went to college and took a mandatory film class, I realized that I had always been a secret filmmaker. As a kid I wrote and made videos and filmmaking somehow magnetized all those elements perfectly for me and that's what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Make cool shit. In a lot of ways, I still think I am the fat kid in class taking pictures but now I sort of do it with other nerds in the class.
Talk about a time where you have faced adversity/conflict and have triumphed.
So the entire process of my first feature, HH, was plagued with problems. The film required a ton of people we didn't have so many people played double duty, including me (holding the clapper, holding up props, grip work); having limited light and space to properly make a sci-fi setting; the small pool of make-up artists and lack of time to fully commit;, the stunts were very difficult to make concrete; the noise level in tons of locations including people down hallways, students out of elevators, trucks right outside, music from someone's suite; and a ton more. Trying to find proper locations took months and the editing process was plagued with computer and technical that lasted months. But, we achieved in finishing the film. And creating a crowdfunded and self-financed feature film at 25 years old is quite a task.
What do you believe sets you apart from other artists/entertainers?
I have no idea what sets me apart from other artists. I don't see myself as an artist. I define an artist as someone who is more of a virtuoso in their field. I am still learning and I don't think I've quite learned and mastered enough to call myself an artist. I think, if anything, what's set me apart is my willingness to listen to my cast and crew. I try to foster a frame that allows my crew, who in many ways become my friends, to imprint the film with their personal quirks. Some may see that as a weakness but I think its a strength. A film is a baby made between everyone on set; and it can take a village to raise one.
Do you have other interests or hobbies?
I'm a huge swimmer and badminton player. I love playing video games, as those were my first love. I like taking care of my cats and going to the movies. I'm also a big board gamer. I usually play once a week with my girlfriend. Just recently, my girlfriend taught the basics of volleyball so that would be cool keep doing!
Any projects you have out or currently working on?
After 2.5 years of writing, producing, and editing, my first feature film is finally out and making the rounds at film festivals. The film is a sci-fi thriller and it was extremely exciting to make. I learned a ton while making it and I hope it gets some emotional feedback from the audience. The film, HH, is about four strangers playing a death game called the Help and Hinder Game, hence HH. In the game, they have to choose between HELP or HINDER and depending on their choices, they gain or lose points. Whenever their points reach 0, they die. All the while, they're trapped in a mysterious facility solving puzzles, getting to know each other, and they're wardened by a crazy virtual cat head named Schrodinger.
Outside of that, I'm always working on a script. At this juncture, I'm working on a short drama about addicts who take drugs that give them weird side effects like being able to read minds and projecting fire from their fingers. ;D
Where would you like to see yourself in 5 years?
Five years from now I'd like to see myself making movies for a living. Either that, or editing at a film company of some sort. I adore making movies but I know my strongest abilities come in the editing room. I've grown as a filmmaker but my first door into the film industry is through the editing window and I have no problem doing that for a living.
What advice can you give to aspiring artists/entertainers?
I'm still young as a filmmaker and even younger in the business of filmmaking so my advice my not be as strong as others. If there's any advice that I could say at my young age, and if you want to make movies, is find people like you, listen to them, question them, and make cool shit with them. Just go out there and make, make, make.
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How can we follow along in your journey? Social media?
I don't have that much social media but any potential collaborators can totally just add me on Facebook :D
But more importantly please follow my feature film's FB page at: