2017 OFFICIAL SELECTION | Spark directed Juan Martinez Vera

This Film will be showing in Block 6
Saturday October 7, 2017 | 2:15 PM – 4:15 PM
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Director Biography

Juan was born in the rural town of Tacubaya in the Mexican state of Guanajuato. When he reached the age of eleven, he moved to the U.S. with his family to pursue a college education. When Juan immigrated to the U.S., movies became his main source of entertainment and also a tool he could use to understand and connect with the American society.

In 2010, Juan graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Film Television and Digital Media. While at UCLA, Juan directed, wrote, and produced over 35 projects that ranged from soap operas to the college’s award-winning news show.

After graduating from UCLA, Juan enrolled at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. In May 2014, Juan had the honor to be one of three directors selected to direct an advanced film project for the USC Film School. After finishing film school at USC, Juan received the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation grant to write and direct his most recent project, SPARK.

Juan’s goal as a filmmaker is to inspire people to use their imagination to transform their reality. On his spare time, Juan enjoys reading, writing, and playing soccer with his amateur soccer team.


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