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Edgar Ramírez

Edgar Ramirez Arellano is a Venezuelan actor, born on March 25, 1977 in the city of San Cristobal (Tachira State, southwest Venezuela). He is the son of Soday Arellano, an attorney, and Filiberto Ramírez, a military officer.

Being the son of a soldier and living abroad with his family, he learned several languages, like English, German, Italian and French, as well as his mother tongue, Spanish. He studied Journalism (Comunicación Social) at the Andres Bello Catholic University, in Caracas. He began exploring his acting vocation, playing on several school made films.

He was recognized as an actor after portraying "Cacique" in the popular venezuelan soap opera "Cosita Rica", aired through 2003 and 2004, lasting over 270 episodes. His debut as an international Hollywood actor was playing Choco, Domino Harvery's love interest in Tony Scott's Domino.

His next major feature film was Vantage Point directed by Pete Travis. In this high-budgeted Sony Pictures political thriller, Ramírez joined an all-star international cast including Dennis Quaid, Matthew Fox, William Hurt, Forest Whitaker, Eduardo Noriega and Ayelet Zurer. Ramírez plays Javier, an ex-special forces soldier forced to kidnap the American President. Later on he starred in the title role of Alberto Arvelo's Cyrano Fernández, based on the French play Cyrano de Bergerac.

Ramírez also appears in La Hora Cero (The Magic Hour) (Venezuela), a short film directed by Guillermo Arriaga, the acclaimed screenwriter of Amores Perros, 21 Grams and Babel (Mexico); Plan B, directed by Alejandro García Wiederman (Venezuela); Yotama se va volando (Yotama Flies Away), directed by Luis Armando Roche (Venezuela/France); and Punto y Raya (Step Forward), directed by Elia Schneider (a Venezuela, Spain, Chile and Uruguay co-production), submitted by Venezuela for Oscar consideration for 2004 Best Foreign Film, in which he played the role of Pedro, a Colombian soldier.

Alejandro González Iñárritu

Alejandro González Iñárritu (ih-nyar-ee-too), born August 15th, 1963, is a Mexican film director.

González Iñárritu is the first Mexican director to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director and by the Directors Guild of America for Best Director. He is also the first Mexican-born director to have won the Prix de la mise en scene or best director award at Cannes (2006), the second one being Carlos Reygadas in 2012. His six feature films, 'Amores Perros' (2000), '21 Grams' (2003), 'Babel' (2006), 'Biutiful' (2010), 'Birdman' (2014) and 'The Revenant' (2015), have gained critical acclaim world-wide including two Academy Award nominations.

Alejandro González Iñárritu was born in Mexico City.

Crossing the Atlantic Ocean on a cargo ship at the ages of seventeen and nineteen years, González Iñárritu worked his way across Europe and Africa. He himself has noted that these early travels as a young man have had a great influence on him as a film-maker. The setting of his films have often been in the places he visited during this period.

After his travels, González Iñárritu returned to Mexico City and majored in communications at Universidad Iberoamericana. In 1984, he started his career as a radio host at the Mexican radio station WFM, a rock and eclectic music station. In 1988, he became the director of the station. Over the next five years, González Iñárritu spent his time interviewing rock stars, transmitting live concerts, and making WFM the number one radio station in Mexico. From 1987 to 1989, he composed music for six Mexican feature films. He has stated that he believes music has had a bigger influence on him as an artist than film itself.

In the nineties, González Iñárritu created Z films with Raul Olvera in Mexico. Under Z Films, he started writing, producing and directing short films and advertisements. Making the final transition into T.V Film directing, he studied under well-known Polish theatre director Ludwik Margules, as well as Judith Weston in Los Angeles.

In 1995, González Iñárritu wrote and directed his first T.V pilot for Z Films, called Detras del dinero, -"Behind the Money", starring Miguel Bosé. Z Films went on to be one of the biggest and strongest film production companies in Mexico, launching seven young directors in the feature film arena. In 1999, González Iñárritu directed his first feature film Amores perros, written by Guillermo Arriaga. Amores perros explored Mexican society in Mexico City told via three intertwining stories. In 2000, Amores perros premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and won the Critics Weeks Grand Prize. It also introduced audiences for the first time to Gael García Bernal. Amores perros went on to be nominated for Best Foreign Film at the Academy Awards.

After the success of Amores Perros, González Iñárritu and Guillermo Arriaga revisited the intersecting story structure of Amores perros in González Iñárritu's second film, 21 Grams. The film starred Benicio del Toro, Naomi Watts and Sean Penn, and was presented at the Venice Film Festival, winning the Volpi Cup for actor Sean Penn. At the 2004 Academy Awards, Del Toro and Watts received nominations for their performances.

In 2005 González Iñárritu embarked on his third film, Babel, set in 4 countries on 3 continents, and in 4 different languages. Babel consists of four stories set in Morocco, Mexico, the United States, and Japan. The film stars Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett and Adriana Barraza. The majority of the rest of the cast, however, was made up of non-professional actors and some new actors, such as Rinko Kikuchi. It was presented at Cannes 2006, where González Iñárritu earned the Best Director Prize (Prix de la mise en scène). Babel was released in November 2006 and received seven nominations at the 79th Annual Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. González Iñárritu is the first Mexican director nominated for a DGA award and for an Academy Award. Babel went on to win Best Motion Picture in the drama category at the Golden Globe Awards on January 15, 2007. Gustavo Santaolalla won the Academy Award that year for Best Original Score. After Babel, Alejandro and his writing partner Guillermo Arriaga professionally parted ways, following González Iñárritu barring Arriaga from the set during filming (Arriaga told the LA Times in 2009 "It had to come to an end, but I still respect González Iñárritu").

In 2008 and 2009, González Iñárritu directed and produced Biutiful, starring Javier Bardem, written by González Iñárritu, Armando Bo, and Nicolas Giacobone. The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festial on May 17, 2010. Bardem went on to win Best Actor (shared with Elio Germano for La nostra vita) at Cannes. Biutiful is González Iñárritu's first film in his native Spanish since his debut feature Amores perros. For the second time in his career his film was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 83rd Academy Awards. It was also nominated for the 2011 Golden Globes in the category of Best Foreign Film, for the 2011 BAFTA awards in the category of Best Film Not in the English Language and Best Actor. Javier Bardem's performance was also nominated for Academy Award for Best Actor.

In 2014, González Iñárritu directed Birdman, starring Michael Keaton, Naomi Watts, Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Zach Galifianakis, and Andrea Riseborough. The film is Iñárritu's first comedy. Birdman is about an actor who played an iconic superhero, and who tries to revive his career by doing a play based on the Raymond Carver short story What We Talk About When We Talk About Love. The film was released on October 17, 2014.

In April 2014, it was announced that González Iñárritu's next film as a director will be The Revenant, which he co-wrote with Mark L. Smith. It is based on the novel of same name by Michael Punke. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy and Will Poulter with shooting began in September 2014, for a December 25, 2015 release.The Revenant is being filmed in Alberta and B.C. with production scheduled to wrap in February 2015. The film will be a 19th Century period piece, and is described as a "gritty thriller" about a fur trapper who seeks revenge against a group of men who robbed and abandoned him after he was mauled by a grizzly bear.

From 2001 to 2011, González Iñárritu directed several short films.

In 2001, he directed an 11 minute film segment for 11.09.01- which is composed of several short films that explore the effects of the 9/11 terrorist attacks from different points of view around the world.

In 2007, he made ANNA which screened at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival inside Chacun son cinéma. It was part of the 60th anniversary of the film festival and it was a series of shorts by 33 world-renown film directors.

In 2012, he made the experimental short film Naran Ja: One Act Orange Dance - inspired by L.A Dance Project's premiere performance. The short features excerpts of the new choreography Benjamin Millepied crafted for Moving Parts. The story takes place in a secluded, dusty space and centers around LADP dancer Julia Eichten.

In 2001/2002, González Iñárritu directed "Powder Keg", an episode for the BMW film series The Hire, starring Clive Owen as the driver.

In 2010, González Iñárritu directed Write the Future, a football-themed commercial for Nike ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, which went on to win Grand Prix at the Cannes Lions advertising festival.

In 2012, he directed Procter and Gamble's "Best Job" commercial spot for the 2012 Olympic Ceremonies. It went on to win the Best Primetime Commercial Emmy at Creative Arts Emmy Awards.

Fernanda Romero

Born in Mexico City, Fernanda Romero started her career participating in the sensational youth group Fryzzby (BMG). Although after her early career she walked away from music to study Fashion Design, her destiny was always to be in front of the camera. After getting the opportunity to host the popular show "Control" on Univision, she collaborated with Telemundo in "La Ley del Silencio," venturing into film with roles in independent films such as the horror movie Creature of Darkness with actors Matthew Lawrence, Kevin Alejandro from Southland ("The Hot Chick"), and comedies Wanna be Me with Shalim Ortiz ("Heroes") and Ready or Not with Alex Rocco ("Smokin' Aces).

The production that raised her career to another level was The Eye with Jessica Alba, after which she appeared in multiple Hollywood big-budget films including The Burning Plain from director Guillermo Arriaga, alongside Charlize Theron, Drag Me to Hell by avowed director Sam Raimi, Red Canvas with Maria Conchita Alonso and Once Fallen with Ed Harris.

In 2009 Fernanda participated in her first soap opera in Mexico, where she played the female lead in Eternamente Tuya of TV Azteca. In the spring of 2011, and got the principal female role in the first bilingual series on American television, RPM Miami, produced by Telemundo Studios, airing on NBC channel, mun2. In the summer of 2011, the actress shared the big screen in the U.S. with Eva Longoria and Christian Slater in the movie Without Men, and also joined the cast of the film El Fantastic Mundo de Juan Orol, based on the life of filmmaker Juan Orol, in which she played Dinorah Judith, his third wife.

She also starred in "Pendejo," sharing credits with Danny Trejo and Raja Fenske, among others, Mission Park, with Vivica A. Fox (in several festivals, winning awards for "Best Film at Hispanicize in Miami", "Best Film at Worldfest in Houston", "Best Film and Best Director at the Boston International Film Festival"), Number Runner, her first British production with star Jon-Paul Gates, Fighters Chance with the ex-boxer Evander Holyfield and the NBC pilot County with Aimee Garcia and Jason Ritter. She also worked alongside Oscar winner, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Christian Serratos, in Broken Doll with director Trudy Sargent.

Romero recently filmed Ghost Team One, which has been a big hit at film festivals in the United States, including Slamdance Film Festival, Florida Film Festival and the Newport Beach Film Festival. She also is part of the film 3 Geezers in which she appears next to renowned actors like J.K. Simmons, Tim Allen, and Scott Caan. Furthering her foray into comedy, she recently joined the series "Chamacas" on Hispanic channel Nuevon, run by actress Sofía Vergara.

Beyond the variety of projects listed above, Romero is has worked with numerous companies, including the famous Spanish brand "Mango" in QueMePongoByMango.com campaign and in music videos "Just One Breath" by Jeremy Carr, "People VIP" by popular singer Larry Hernandez and "No te quiero ver con él" by Frankie J.

Fernanda now resides in Los Angeles where in addition to her work as an actress, she produces and sings in her band White Cherries.

Rocio Garcia

Chameleonic, Nostalgic and Vehement. Actress and host; formally began her Dramatic Art studies in C.E.A (Arts Education Center) Televisa, pursuing a degree in acting from 2003 to 2007. She continued her acting studies with coach René Pereyra and the method actors (Lee Strasberg).Then she continued her studies in Buenos Aires, Argentina, at the (studio Rubén Viani) and taking seminars with the actress and teacher Beatriz Spelzini. She participated on the screenwriting workshop taught by Guillermo Arriaga (2013). Among her work as a television host, are the music and urban arts television show "StageD" for OnceTV Mexico, and "Live Road" motor sports and life style television show for Fox Sports. She has collaborated as the writer and host of indie shows transmitted via Internet. She also has participated as an actress in diverse short films in Mexico and Argentina.

Actress and screenwriter on the short film "84", selected as part of the Short Film Corner, Cannes Film Festival 2013.

Her film career began with small parts like in the film "Amor Letra x Letra" director Luis Eduardo Reyes, and "Casese Quien Pueda" directed by MarcoPolo Constansde. It is one of the protagonists of "El Arribo DE Conrado Sierra" written and directed by René Pereyra, part of the the Guadalajara International Film Festival 2016 (FICG31) selection; and the comedy "Que Culpa Tiene El Niño? of the screenwriter and director Gustavo Loza (theatrical release in May 2016). She participated in the Netflix series "Sense8" of "The Wachowski brothers and "Juana Inés" mini series of the iconic historical character Sor Juana Inés DE la Cruz, where she played the Spanish villain "Josefa" (premiere April 2016, Once TV). In the film "No Manches,Frida! (US release in September 2016) Starring actress, screenwriter and producer Martha Higareda, Rocio plays the eccentric character "Jenny". You can see her work in the series "El Mariachi" produced by Sony Pictures and Teleset, playing "Vicky" (available on Netflix)

Alberto Arvelo

Alberto Arvelo was born in Caracas, Venezuela. He is a writer, musician and director known for A House with a View of the Sea (Una Casa con Vista al Mar) (2001), Cyrano Fernández (2007), Libertador (2013). Arvelo has developed film works renowned for the social and human depth of their characters and the visual strength of their images. His films have won more than 30 international awards.

His film, A House with a View of the Sea (Una Casa con Vista al Mar) (2001), tells a story of discrimination and injustice faced by a widowed father and his son amid loneliness and difficulties in the South-American Andes. The film was a part of the official selection for the Cannes Festival, was acknowledged with 23 international awards, and participated in over 40 international festivals.

As a professor with the National Film School in Mérida, Venezuela, Arvelo founded the film movement known as "Atom Cinema" ("Cine Átomo") 2002. This movement is based on the idea of producing reflective human films with a crew of no more than five people and minimal production elements, intended to create viable projects for young Latin-American cinematographers. The first film within this movement, Habana Havana (2004), directed by Arvelo merited the Venezuelan National Film Award, and another dozen international awards.

His prize-winning work, Cyrano Fernández (2007), is a free adaptation of the French classic, Cyrano de Bergerac. The film maintains the Cyrano-Roxane-Christian love triangle represented in the chaotic though spectacular urban surroundings of a barrio in Caracas. The leading role in Cyrano Fernández was played by Edgar Ramirez.

His documentary Play and Fight (Tocar y Luchar) (2006), first shown at the Los Angeles AFI Festival, delves into the life of several children in the renowned Venezuelan Child and Youth Orchestra System (Sistema de Orquestas Infantiles y Juveniles de Venezuela), accompanied by classical-music figures such as Plácido Domingo, Claudio Abbado, Simon Rattle, and Gustavo Dudamel. This documentary narrates the "El Sistema" phenomenon, one of the most well-known and widespread social programs in the world. Arvelo's connection to El Sistema goes back to his beginnings as a violoncellist with the Youth Orchestra in Mérida. Play and Fight became the most-watched documentary in Venezuela; it was translated into 15 languages.

Play and Fight was followed by a second documentary based on the international projection of "El Sistema": Dudamel, Let the Children Play (2010). This documentary is a review of the crisis of traditional educational models and an exploration of the importance of art and music as universal rights. This work had the collaboration of Sir Ken Robinson, John Williams, Daniel Barenboim, Simon Rattle, Richard Holloway, and José Antonio Abreu. The documentary shows Gustavo Dudamel as the person who inspired an international phenomenon spreading over more than 50 countries.

In 2010, Arvelo directed a multi-media opera for the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra (La Cantata Criolla) under the musical direction of Gustavo Dudamel, leading roles played by Helen Hunt, Edgar Ramirez, and Erich Wildpret, and script by Guillermo Arriaga.

His most recent film, Libertador (2013), a Venezuelan-Spanish coproduction production, is based on the life and work of Simón Bolívar, leading roles played by Edgar Ramirez, María Valverde, Danny Huston, Imanol Arias, Iwan Rheon, Gary Lewis, and Erich Wildpret, script by Timothy Sexton, and music by Gustavo Dudamel.

Sergio Avilés

Sergio E. Avilés was born in Saltillo, Coahuila, México. He is the author of the comic strip "Ping Pong" and the books, "Me enamoré de una cucaracha," "Antes de ser," Coahuila, espejismo pleno", "indi-Gestión Pública" and the novel "El nombre del gato," (also available in English as "The name of the cat").

He has worked as a producer for Guillermo Arriaga in the shorts "El pozo" and "La sangre de dios." He is also the writer/director of the short films "Fin del mundo" and "Piloto."

Avilés graduated from the school of communications at Monterrey Tech in 1981. he has been the editor of the Ducks Unlimited Mexico magazine and Tetla-ni, a magazine for ITESM alumni. He has been a professor for magazine editing and design, photography, electronic publications design, script writing and cinema language at Monterrey Tech, Briham Young University, Universidad Autónoma de Coahuila and LaSalle University.

He has also held the post of director general of Coahuila State Institute of Ecology, serves in the board of the Museum of Mexican Birds and is president of the board of the Federal Technical Forestry School "José Angel de la Cruz Campa" in his hometown.

Virginia Novello

Born and raised in Guadalajara, Mexico, Virginia Novello is a prominent Latina actress and producer. Starting in theater at age 13, she fell in love immediately with acting. She performed in several acclaimed plays such as "The Power of the Darkness," "Blood Wedding," "Oscar Wilde," and "Frida Kahlo," for which she received a Best Actress nomination at the ITESM Awards. Along with Spanish and English, Novello speaks fluent German, learned from her upbringing in German school, and a year spent living in Germany at age 11. That year only furthered her passion for traveling and getting to know other cultures. When she finished her studies in Mexico she moved to Los Angeles to study film. Since then she has worked on numerous films. Gone (directed by Will Wallace) was her first foray into screen-writing and has been accepted into several film festivals. It received nominations for Best Short, Best Actress (Novello) and Best Actor (Mark Alan) at the Idyllwild International Film Festival. Her passion for producing resurfaced during filming on Gone, and she has gone on to join the production teams of multiple films, including La Sangre De Dios and Hora Cero with Guillermo Arriaga (Babel).

Prida Moreza

Prida Moreza is originally from Chihuahua, Mexico. Prida comes from a college family; Ricardo--a Ph.D. in Finance, and Lilia--an MBA in Civil Engineering. Imagine the look of shock on her parents' faces when she decided to go for the Arts. As a toddler, she was already a compulsive performer, re-enacting TV shows for her family's amusement, but she decided to focus her energy on sports. After training in swimming for nine years at the Chihuahua YMCA and having a successful career in sports competing in Nationals and International competitions, she decided to pursue a college degree in Biology at Utep in El Paso, TX. However, she heeded her true calling in acting when she beat more than 500 other girls at a talent search audition.

Prida eventually booked some independent films in El Paso and auditioned for Guillermo Arriaga for his upcoming film, The Burning Plain. After tasting the possibility of better and greater projects, she decided to move to California. Prida went on to study acting at the Ivana Chubbuck Studio with Deryl Carroll. She studied the Meisner technique for two years and underwent extensive improvisation training.

She landed her first acting gig in a play called The Diary of a School Drop Out, followed by a featured role in a Project Runway Spot. She recently appeared in the film Death of the Sheik, playing one of her idols, Charlie Chaplin. She has also worked alongside renown actors, like Vlad Kozlov, and has starred in indie features, such as Weekend, L.A. Traffic, City Limits, and Shadow. She portrayed La Sayona in the The Mountain Wailer. Her upcoming projects include the web series Featherweight and the documentary The Lap Band Surgery Effects.

Pedro Martín Gurza

Pedro Martín was born in Torreón, Coah., Mexico. He studied in Canada, New Zealand, Italy, Germany and Monterrey Mexico where he got a Bachelor's degree in Finance at the Tecnológico de Monterrey University. After graduating, he moved to Los Angeles, CA., where he studied acting, directing and producing. Has attended many seminars with Academy Award Nominee Guillermo Arriaga and Diego Luna. Has appeared in many t.v. commercials, Mexican TV series "El Encanto Del Aguila", "Señora Acero" and "La Piloto", and made a voice over for the Hollywood movie "Monsters". He lives in Mexico City.

Joss Sánchez

He studied communication at the UNID Interamerican University for Development, Guadalajara; took a screen-writing and film directing workshop given by filmmaker Leopoldo Aguilar Guerrero in 2013, and a screen-writing workshop with novelist and screenwriter Guillermo Arriaga, in 2014. Fractal Films, México,production house of audiovisual content and concepts of which he is the founding partner.His collaborations include his work as art director in the short fiction film by director Jorge Sistos Secreto (2013), which was part of the Official Selection of the 11th Morelia International Film Festival (FICM). He participated with his short fiction film "A un click" (2014) in the 1st Metepec Mágico Latin American Short Film Festival, State of Mexico, and the 3rd Mexican Independent Film Festival, Guadalajara, Mexico. His screenplay for the short film Mintsikakua (2014) won the 1st Michoacano Mágico Short Film Screenplay Competition, Mexico. He worked as the second director's assistant in the short fiction film by Leopoldo Aguilar The weeping currently in the process of post-production and starring Laia Marull, the Spanish actress who has won the Goya three times. His short fiction film "Una gota" (A drop, 2014) Official Selection at the 12th. International Morelia Film Festival FICM, presented in different festivals and exhibitions around the world in countries like Spain, Chile, Colombia, France and Indonesia among which stands out is the Short Film Corner of 68 Festival de Cannes and creditor of several awards which Platinum award for Best International Short Film, Gold Award for Best New Director and Platinum award for Best Cinematography at the International Documentary and Short Movie Award in Indonesia DOSHIMA and two awards for best short fiction film, Best Editing and Best Cinematography in the 8th. 8vo Festival de Cortometrajes Universitarios UVAQ, Honorific Mention at the 5to Festival de Cine Verde de Barichara FESTIVER in Colombia and Best Mexican Short Film "Alteridad III" Award, 4to. Festival Internacional de Cortometrajes de la Diversidad Social Todos Somos Otro in México. At present working in the audiovisual media, preparing his next short film and writing his first feature film.

Mariana Arriaga

Mariana Arriaga Armendáriz (Born March 15, 1991) Is a Mexican director and producer. Her first work, a short film named "On self defense" was nominated to the Venice Horizon Award and to the International Film Festival of Morelia.

Mariana Arriaga was born in the middle of the new era of the Mexican cinema. Her father, Guillermo Arriaga (21 grams, Babel, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, Burning Plain, among others) is a well renowned screenwriter, author, director and producer. That gave Mariana the motivation to give her entire life to what she loves the most; telling stories. Since she graduated college, Mariana has studied curses all around the globe on photography and movie making, and has been assisting her father in many projects. She's now is planning on directing another film, produced by Santiago Arriaga, her brother, which will be starring the new star of Venezuelan cinema, Luis Alejandro Silva (Winner of the Golden Lion on Venice, 2015)

Karen Beishuizen

Born in Holland, she started writing at an early age. She wrote the original story to " badge of Trust " when she was 17. She approached Director James Fargo in 2008 to help her turn it into a screenplay. She is working on 2 other screenplays : a tragic love story & a dark thriller She did a screenwriting seminar with Guillermo Arriaga in 2012 She is a member of The London Raindance Film Festival

Paola Fernandez

Actress, studied the career of acting in CasAzul DE Argos, has taken several courses with Guillermo Arriaga, Luis Mandoki, Mauricio García Lozano, among others. In her recent projects we find the feature film "El Viaje De Keta" and "El Hotel" directed by Carlos Marcovich. She has participated in the series "Dolores, La Jenn that I met" and "Super X" for Blim.

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