EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

 

GABRIEL DURAN

I'm proud to be Mexican American. I was born In Wichita Falls TX and moved to DFW in 2004. I started my college career as a business major but found my niche in film and video soon after. I am an award winning filmmaker with a masters in film from UTA. Currently I teach film and video as an adjunct at Texas A&M Commerce, Art Institute in Dallas and in the past I have taught intro to film at UTA as a graduate teaching assistant. As a writer and director my films have won several awards and have screened on more than 40 different occasions all over the United States and London including a television showing on PBS (KERA). I am currently working on a highly anticipated experimental feature film called Streets of a Scion that is soon to be out this year. I also teach at school for acting and film production that I help co-found called the C.T.C Cinema Group. As a successful filmmaker I have been invited to be a judge on several film festivals such as Dallas Videofest, Fort Worth Independent Film Showcase and the Denton based Granatum. My goal as the director of the Festival De Cine Latino Americano is to bring the independent filmmakers of Latin America into the spotlight. I strongly feel that not only do these filmmakers need a place screen their work but they also need an audience to listen. This is why my partners and I have come together to bring DFW the compelete Latin American film experience.

 

PABLO ESPARZA

Pablo has been an actor bilingual English/Spanish since January 2001. Represented by a talent in Texas Linda MC Alister talent and the El Corral talent agency in New Orleans. Since then Pablo has worked in multiple aspects of television, movies and commercial print in both English and Spanish.Pablo’s achievements in the media industry include the following: TXU Electric, JC Penney, Vision Works, Toyota of Dallas, Lowes, Wal-Mart, The Scooter Store, The Hartford annuities and Chesapeake. TV Series include: American Crime, From Dusk till Dawn, Walker Texas Ranger, Prison Break, and Tornadoes in Texas. Some of the more recent credits in films: Machete Kills, Dirt Road to Lafayette, Straight and Narrow, Murdock, Christmas Promise, Streets of to Scion, and more than 75 participations in the Spanish market. Pablo is the creator of Esparza Films Productions, Inc and he has written, produced, and acted in over 100 productions. Pablo now unites with award winning film maker and cinema professor Gabriel Duran, to give began a new adventure; theFestival De Cine Latino Americano.

 

VICENTE MOCTEZUMA

After several years of successfully running his own business Executive Producer Vincent Moctezuma decided he wanted to follow a longtime passion of his: acting.

Vincent received his formal education at Dallas’ KD Studio’s Actor’s Conservatory in 2005.  After graduating he found success in small roles, but found himself increasingly fascinated with the work required to put together large scale film productions.  Learning the ropes, Vincent’s first full scale Producer role was on the film Ghost of Goodnight Lane starring Billy Zane and Lacey Chabert.  Most recently Vincent made his directorial debut with the zombie thriller “Ghede Origins”

 

RUBEN DELEON

My practice encompasses all aspects of intellectual property law, including patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, software licensing and intellectual property litigation for both high-technology clients and individual entrepreneurs. I specialize in patent-related matters with a particular emphasis on electronics, computer technology and telecommunications.  In addition to my law practice, I have taught intellectual property courses at Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, along with numerous speaking engagements at various conferences, graduation ceremonies as well other public events and ceremonies. I have also been engaged as an expert in the legal community.

 

 

LEON DELEON

Leonel Deleon is a 4th generation Latino American born near the Mexican border in McAllen, Texas.  He is the eldest of 4 and has 3 children ages 8, 10 and 15.  Growing up his first language was Spanish until he entered 1st grade where he quickly assimilated and learned English.  Growing up Latino was great with a big family, extended family and celebrating all that is important to Americans with a little twist of frijoles and tortillas.

 

If you were to ask him, he would say that he is grounded in all that is important and gives credit to his creator for his family, health and successful career.  His professional career spans 20 years of both business, operations and human resources experience.   His employers are amongst the top fortune 100 and todays most familiar brand names.  He attained a Bachelors and Masters in Psychology from Dallas Baptist University and has led global assignments in the North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia regions. He is Bilingual (English/Spanish) and basic Portuguese.

 

KEZIAH SANCHEZ

 

Keziah Sanchez’s (BFA 2016 in Visual Communication with emphasis in Design) work has been featured at the Creative Summit, National Student Show 11 & 12, Creative Quarterly 43, Graphis New Talent Annual, and had work displayed at the One Show in New York, all while a student at TAMU-C. Post graduation, her work was exhibited in the People's Republic of China.

 

LANCE DE LOS SANTOS

Lance De Los Santos is a film actor born and raised in Texas.  He has studied under the guidance of R.E.A.C.T., The Michele Condrey Studio, and Don Shook Acting.  He prides himself on working with the surrounding colleges and art institutes because of his belief in supporting the talented student film makers of our area.

His credits include  being a  cast member of the award winning cast of Coyote.  He worked along side Carlos Gomez (Desperado, Fools Rush In), Carlos Pratts (MCFarland, USA) and Fernanda Romeo.  Coyote grabbed The 2013 Grand Jury Award/Feature at The Dances with Films Festival  in Los Angeles, CA.  It was also nominated for Best Picture at the 2014 Imagen Awards in Beverly Hills, CA.

He has earned personal honors by winning The Best Actor Award at the 2014 UTA Underexposed Film Festival.In 2015, Lance was a supporting cast member in the 2015 Lake Charles Film Festival's Best Feature, Calamity.  Also in 2015, he co-starred in the All American High School Film Festival's Best Comedy, The Surgeon of Seoul.

Lance also had the lead role in the Kaela Sinclair music video, Original Sin,  which was nominated for BEST MUSIC VIDEO by the 2015 Dallas Observer Awards.  He wrapped up 2015 with filming Season 1 of the western themed web series, Renegades: Original Series, produced by the award winning production team of Negative Apples.  The series is currently in several film festivals around the country.

He stars in the upcoming feature film, Pale, due out this fall by the award winning director, Brett Bentman.

 

ALEX GARCIA TOPETE

Alex has had extensive experience writing, directing, and producing film, television, radio, and other media since 2005, both in the U.S. And his native Mexico. Alex is also an advocate for promoting the arts and the film industry in particular, which led him to be a part of the programming team of the Dallas International Film Festival since 2007, from which he has derived his expertise regarding the film festival circuit. Alex hopes that FCDLA will become a prime platform for Latino filmmakers to showcase their talents and raise the prominence of Latino arts worldwide.

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After several years of successfully running his own business Executive Producer Vincent Moctezuma decided he wanted to follow a longtime passion of his: acting.

 

LANCE DE LOS SANTOS

Lance De Los Santos is a film actor born and raised in Texas.  He has studied under the guidance of R.E.A.C.T., The Michele Condrey Studio, and Don Shook Acting.  He prides himself on working with the surrounding colleges and art institutes because of his belief in supporting the talented student film makers of our area.

His credits include  being a  cast member of the award winning cast of Coyote.  He worked along side Carlos Gomez (Desperado, Fools Rush In), Carlos Pratts (MCFarland, USA) and Fernanda Romeo.  Coyote grabbed The 2013 Grand Jury Award/Feature at The Dances with Films Festival  in Los Angeles, CA.  It was also nominated for Best Picture at the 2014 Imagen Awards in Beverly Hills, CA.

He has earned personal honors by winning The Best Actor Award at the 2014 UTA Underexposed Film Festival.In 2015, Lance was a supporting cast member in the 2015 Lake Charles Film Festival's Best Feature, Calamity.  Also in 2015, he co-starred in the All American High School Film Festival's Best Comedy, The Surgeon of Seoul.

Lance also had the lead role in the Kaela Sinclair music video, Original Sin,  which was nominated for BEST MUSIC VIDEO by the 2015 Dallas Observer Awards.  He wrapped up 2015 with filming Season 1 of the western themed web series, Renegades: Original Series, produced by the award winning production team of Negative Apples.  The series is currently in several film festivals around the country.

He stars in the upcoming feature film, Pale, due out this fall by the award winning director, Brett Bentman.

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Copyright 2016 Festival De Cine Latino Americano

501(c)(3) Non Profit Organization