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Juan Martinez Vera
Juan Martinez Vera was born in the rural town of Tacubaya in the Mexican state of Guanajuato. When Juan reached the age of eleven he moved to the U.S. with his family to pursue a college education. In 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.
Immediately 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. On his last year at USC, Juan received the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation grant to write and direct his most recent project, SPARK. This film went on to receive a US Student BAFTA Award nomination in 2016 and will be distributed by HBO in 2017. Juan also received the 2016 DGA student award for his work in Spark.
Juan’s goal as a filmmaker is to inspire people to use their imagination to transform their reality.
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