Salvador Luna

Salvador Luna

Nitrate Films

Director, screenwriter and story analyst in San Francisco, California

About Salvador

Since my beginnings, on a commune in the back woods of Tennessee, I have been enthralled with the process of storytelling. As a commune we engaged in our own theater, film and television production. Each story we told was a part of the myths of the commune that we still carry with us today. Much like ancient Greek theater we used the catharsis of storytelling to forge our identity. Upon leaving the commune, for the San Francisco Bay Area, I’ve continued my studies in acting, and directing film & television. These studies culminated in my MFA, with a focus on directing, in the Motion Pictures & Television department at The Academy of Art
University in San Francisco.

I’ve directed 16 short films and one feature over this period, and worked on many more. I’ve had a chance to study with some of the industry’s best camera & sound production teams, including alums of Skywalker Sound & Lucas Films. My focus has been on science fiction, and magical realism, which allow for the building of mythological spaces. My thesis project “The Simulant Mechanism”, based on Philip K. Dicks “The Electric Ant”, demonstrates this mixture of science fiction & magical realism. Using the film medium I wish to enhance personal narratives and bridge them with the cathartic experience of the audience. I believe that this is the heart of modern storytelling, which draws us into the characters we see on the screen, and how their stories, like our own, have meaning.

Name: Salvador Luna

Lives in: San Francisco, California

Company: Nitrate Films

Occupation: Director, Screenwriter and Story Analyst


  • Vito

    Vito (2011)
    Film (Documentary and Biography) Sound department In the aftermath of Stonewall, a newly politicized Vito Russo found his voice as a gay activist and critic of LGBT representation in the media. He went on to write "The Celluloid Closet," the first book to critique Hollywood's portrayals of gays on screen. During the AIDS crisis in the 1980s, Vito became a passionate advocate for justice via the newly formed ACT UP, before his death in 1990. Written by Anonymous

  • The 7 Day

    The 7 Day (2005)
    Film (Short and Drama) Sound department Add a Plot »

  • Wa

    Wa (2005)
    Film (Short) Sound department Add a Plot »

  • Bob Schneider Live in Concert

    Bob Schneider Live in Concert (2005)
    Film (Documentary) Camera and Electrical Department Add a Plot »


  • Academy of Art University (San Francisco, CA)

  • University of California-Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz, CA)

  • San Francisco State University (San Francisco, CA)

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