- Juan Castillo (filmmaker)
= BIOGRAPHY =
filmmakerfrom the Dominican Republic, grew up in New York City. First Dominican admitted to New York University's graduate film school, where he was Spike Lee's Teaching Assistantand his thesis film, Secuestro, won the Spike Lee Fellowship. As full-time story development assistant at 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworksentered NYU's graduate film program and subsequently apprenticed as personal assistant to Spike Leeon productions including NBAcommercial campaigns and films, such as She Hate Meand Inside Man.
His films include
El Delivery, won several awards including the Audience Award in NYU's showcase of Best Films of NYU at the Directors Guild of Americain Los Angeles, licensed by HBO, becoming the first Dominican film licensed by a major network. Also licensed by PBS/Thirteen, where it lead all other films by hundreds of audience votes in the "Reel NY" film series.
His NYU thesis film,
Secuestro, received the first Global Foundation short film prize, presented by the president of the Dominican Republic, Leonel Fernández, licensed by the Showtimenetwork. His first feature-length screenplay, "Zanjas" ("The Great Adventure"), won a Disney development/ first-look deal, his second screenplay, " BateyFelicidad", a docu-drama centered on the difficulties of life within sugarcane plantation communities in the Dominican Republic, won a development grant from the PBS Latino Public Broadcastingprogram.
Research fellowship in the
University of California, Berkeleygraduate school of public policy
Kenya Wildlife Serviceand Forest Department in conservation efforts year of terrorist bombing of US embassy in Nairobi, 1998 United States embassy bombings Ronald E. McNairScholar Coro (non-profit organization)Fellows Program in Public Affairs
Was legislative aide in
New York State Assembly
Edolphus Townsand New York State Assemblyman Darryl TownsCommunity Service Award
Directing and writing professor at
New York Film Academy
Werner Herzogbehind New York City Hall
NYU President's Award for service during the
September 11 attack
David Bennentin the Spike Leefilm She Hate Me
.44 Magnumout of the hands of an assailant in the stairwells of East New YorkHigh School
[http://www.funglode.org/premios/premiosfunglode/2007/ Global Foundation for Democracy and Development]
[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1659758/ Internet Movie Database]
[http://www.nyu.edu/public.affairs/releases/detail/1125 New York University]
[http://www.thirteen.org/reelny/films/el-delivery/13 Thirteen Reel NY]
[http://www.thirteen.org/reelny/films/?p=13 WNET Thirteen]
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