BIO

IZ GUTIERREZ

Iz Gutierrez is a Mexican-American award-winning director and screenwriter who was born in Mexico but grew up in Los Angeles.

He is the recipient of both the Illustrious Award for Best Film Screenplay at the Mexican-American Film & TV Festival, and the Panavision Filmmaker Grant. Iz's films have screened at countless festivals including Academy qualifying LA Shorts and Hollyshorts, as well as Chicago Latino Film Festival, Napa Valley Film Festival, Philadelphia Latino Film Festival, and numerous others where he won jury and audience awards. His films have also screened at the Screen Actors Guild Foundation, ShortsTV channel, and Sony Pictures (MPSE).

Israel commits to provocative storytelling by tackling social issues including powerful characters Iz believes should not be bound by stereotypes or exploitative narratives which only hurt Latinos by perpetuating overused clichés. Iz's devotion to proper representation also transcends to all of his films about diverse stories and characters of all backgrounds no matter the genre or topic.

 

By combining his influences from cinema, literature, comic books, and life experience as an immigrant, Iz’s work consistently showcases his unique narrative voice and visual prowess.

 

Iz Gutierrez is developing both feature films and episodic projects. He resides in Los Angeles, California.

RESUME

PROJECTS IN DEVELOPMENT:​

    • They Call Us Sediciosos - Feature Film (comps: Unforgiven, Selma, Hostiles)

    • They Call Us Sediciosos - Television Pilot for a limited-series (comps: Godless)

    • Untitled - Sci-Fi / Drama Feature Film (comps: Arrival, Another Earth, Interstellar) 

    • Untitled - Horror / Fantasy Feature Film (comps: Eyes Without A Face, Psycho, Rope)

    • Untitled - Horror Feature Film (comps: The Witch, Evil Dead, Shaun of the Dead)

    • Pop! - Comedy Television Pilot (comps: Community, Silicon Valley)

    • Comic Conventions - Nerdy Comedy Television Series (comps: Mythic Quest, Silicon Valley, Community)

NARRATIVE:

THEY CALL US SEDICIOSOS 

Short film proof-of-concept

Historical Drama | Suspense

    • BEST FILM SCREENPLAY - Mexican American Film & TV Festival

    • AUDIENCE AWARD, Narrative Short - Awareness Film Festival

    • MACEF Filmmaker Grant Finalist

    • BEST NARRATIVE SHORT - NY/LA International Film Festival 

    • AUDIENCE FAVORITE FINALIST - La Vida Es Cortos / Life Is Shorts

    • Official Selection Philadelphia Latino Film Festival

    • Official Selection 48th CineFestival

    • Official Selection 8th NoHo CineFest

    • Official Selection 28th CineSol Film Festival

    • Official Selection LA Indie Film Festival

    • Finalist - Canada Shorts

    • Semi-Finalist - Rhode Island Film Festival

COMIC CONVENTIONS

Web series pilot

Comedy | Geeky, Nerdy, with an Ant-Man sized dash of rom-com

    • Official Selection of the 8th GeekFest Film Festival

    • L.A. Comic Con screening and Filmmaker's Panel participant

 

 

SIN FRONTERA (Without Boundary)

Short film proof-of-concept

Drama | Suspense

    • Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Foundation selection, screening and Q&A

    • WME agency screening

    • Panavision Filmmaker Grant

    • Winner: Favorite Film, Napa Valley Film Festival

    • Winner: Golden Honu Award, Big Island Film Festival

    • Winner: Audience Award, Awareness Film Festival

    • Winner: Jury Award, Awareness Film Festival

    • Winner: Audience Award, SENE Film Festival

    • Official Selection: Oscar qualifying LA Shorts

    • Official Selection: Oscar qualifying Hollyshorts

    • Official Selection: 31st Chicago Latino Film Festival

 

 

THE CHAMELEON 

Short

Latino Drama, Suspense

    • ShortsTV Channel - distribution deal

    • Platinum Remi Award Winner - Worldfest Houston

    • Official Selection Orlando Film Festival