Iz Gutierrez is a Mexican-American filmmaker and writer/director known for diverse, character-driven narratives in genres such as drama, comedy, and sci-fi. His last short film, the social/political drama Sin Frontera (Without Boundary), garnered a plethora of film festival official selections as well as honors which include jury and audience awards for Best Drama and Best Narrative Short. The film was hand-picked for the SAG Foundation’s short film screening followed by a Q&A at the Screen Actors Guild in Los Angeles. The film’s script was also selected by Panavision to receive its coveted New Filmmaker Grant to aid in the production. In addition, the film received numerous invitations such as a screening at William Morris Endeavor, a live interview on KPFK radio station, a television appearance on the popular Latino talk show Dante Night Show, as well as colleges across the country due to its relevant social commentary.
Prior to that film, Iz directed and co-wrote The Chameleon (El Camaleón) which won a Platinum Remi Award at the 48th Houston WorldFest. The film was also licensed for three years to broadcast nationwide on the ShortsTV channel.
Iz’s commitment to provocative storytelling stems from his early fascination with literature (Lord of the Rings!), short stories, and creative writing during his undergrad years at Cal State University, Long Beach. Along with being an avid comic book reader growing up (cue the nerd jokes), his exposure to multiple narrative mediums transcended his writing skills into screenwriting. He continued his education at Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts where he received an MFA in the highly-coveted directing program. While being mentored by industry professionals and professors—who all can confirm Iz is a super swell guy—he also tackled acting classes in order to understand the process and mindset of actors he would be working with. By combining both his writing and visual prowess, Iz’s work consistently showcases his unique narrative voice.
Iz was born in Mexico but moved to California as a child. But do not fret, he is a US citizen who can vote and everything—including working as a director on those high-profile projects you may offer him! As an immigrant in a family with no entertainment industry connections, Iz knew the importance of understanding all aspects of filmmaking in order to succeed. Therefore, he is versed in additional roles including extensive producing, production coordinating, an editor at NBCUniversal, cinematography, videography as well as production management behind the scenes.
He resides in Los Angeles where he is currently developing multiple scripts for feature films and multiple episodic series meant for television or streaming platforms. Iz would also like to note he wishes to direct any great script, the next great television show, the new Lord of the Rings show, and a comic book movie!
If you can lend a hand with any of those, he will greatly appreciate it.
AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS
SCREEN ACTORS GUILD (SAG) SCREENING | DIRECTOR Q&A - Los Angeles
PANAVISION: NEW FILMMAKER GRANT - "Sin Frontera"
AUDIENCE AWARD: FAVORITE NARRATIVE SHORT - Napa Valley Film Festival
GOLDEN HONU AWARD - Big Island Film Festival (Hawaii)
BEST SHORT - Seattle Shorts Film Festival
GRAND JURY: BEST NARRATIVE SHORT - Awareness Film Festival (Los Angeles)
AUDIENCE AWARD: BEST NARRATIVE SHORT - Awareness Film Festival (Los Angeles)
AUDIENCE AWARD: BEST SHORT - SENE Film, Music & Art Festival (Rhode Island)
SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD - (IN)Justice For All Film Festival
PLATINUM REMI AWARD: BEST GRADUATE SHORT - 48th WorldFest Houston
OFFICIAL SELECTION - 31st Chicago Latino Film Festival
OFFICIAL SELECTION - Academy/BAFTA accredited LA Shorts Film Festival
BEST SHORT DRAMA - NY International Independent Film/Video Festival