Iz Gutierrez is a Mexican-American filmmaker born in Mexico but raised in California. He is revered for his diverse, character-driven narratives. His short film 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 for the coveted Panavision 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 where he spoke about the social relevance of the film.
Mr. Gutierrez also 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.
He is currently developing his short film They Call Sediciosos into a feature film. The story is about Jovita Idár and a Tejano rancher fighting to preserve their people's way of life as ethnic Mexicans are being lynched, and driven off their lands.
Iz’s commitment to provocative storytelling stems from his early fascination with literature (Lord of the Rings!), short stories, comic books, and creative writing. His exposure to multiple narrative mediums transitioned his skills into screenwriting. He received his M.F.A. at Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts in the highly-impacted directing program. While being mentored by industry professionals and professors—who all confirm that 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.
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