My goal in directing and writing films is to emotionally connect audiences with characters in unique social and psychological situations while also educating about human issues that may have remained as untold stories.
Having an innate desire to tackle character driven films and challenges, I have been fortunate to receive some recognition. My short “The Chameleon” (El Camaleón) opened up doors with multiple official selections at nationwide film festivals, a PLATINUM REMI AWARD, as well as landing a licensing deal with the ShortsHD channel that will allow international audiences to view the film. After being awarded the PANAVISION NEW FILMMAKER GRANT for the production of my latest film “Sin Frontera”, the film won a GOLDEN HONU AWARD, an AUDIENCE AWARD, and a SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD as well as an official selection of the Academy/BAFTA accredited LA SHORTS FESTIVAL and the huge CHICAGO LATINO FILM FESTIVAL including a handful of other recognized festivals.
Name: Iz Gutierrez
Lives in: Los Angeles, California
Occupation: Director, Filmmaker and Screenwriter
GOLDEN HONU AWARD - Big Island Film Festival
BEST SHORT DRAMA Audience Award - SENE Film, Music & Arts Festival
SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD - (In)Justice For All Film Festival
PLATINUM REMI AWARD BEST SHORT - WorldFest Film Festival
HONORABLE MENTION Jury Awards - SENE Film, Music, & Arts Festival
BEST SHORT NOMINEE - New Hope Film Festival
GRAND JURY AWARD - Best Short Narrative - Awareness Film Festival
AUDIENCE AWARD - Best Short Naraative - Awareness Film Festival
AUDIENCE AWARD - Favorite Narrative Short - Napa Valley Film Festival
GRAND JURY AWARD: Best College Short - Seattle Shorts Film Festival
BEST SHORT DRAMA - NY International Independent Film Festival
PANAVISION NEW FILMMAKER GRANT Recipient
Film (short) by Israel Gutierrez (Drama and Romance) Director, Writer, Producer Inspired by true events, Monica and Gabriel are a couple struggling to survive both a decaying relationship and a broken immigration system after a deportation tears them apart. While Gabriel is stuck in a dangerous city, they both remember how they fell in love and make a vow to rekindle their romance in order to prevail and reunite through an unconventional method. Love will transcend any boundary. Written by Anonymous
Alison and Jeremy
Film (short) by Alyxandra Press (Drama and Romance) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Based on a true story, Alison, a 25-year-old artist, is about to be reunited with her childhood love and best friend, Jeremy, whom she hasn't seen for ten years. After years of dating without success, she is excited to see him. Realizing that she has never stopped loving him, she believes, as adults, they can rekindle those feelings. But things don't always go according to plan. Unbeknownst to Alison, Jeremy has a deep secret he feels he must share with Alison at this time in their lives. He is also counting on their childhood love and friendship. This story is a sensitive portrayal of two people, who like all of us, are seeking unconditional love and acceptance. Will they find, in each other, what they both so desperately need? Written by A.J. Press
Sarah Through the Wall
Film (short) by Patrick Bosworth (Drama and Musical) Camera and Electrical Department Sarah, a struggling concert harpist, is faced with the most important audition of her life. However, before she is able to practice, she must first face her shut-in neighbor who is keeping her from playing.
The Chameleon (EL Camaleon)
Film (short) by Israel Gutierrez (Drama) Director, Writer, Producer Scarred by his tragic past, Jaime (JeanPaul San Pedro) must decide whether to continue his newfound lifestyle or abandon his pregnant wife (APRIL SEBA), reverting to his violent ways when someone from the recesses of his dark childhood returns. Written by Anonymous
Film (short) by Jean Barker (Comedy, Drama and Horror) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director After a bacteria infects the tobacco crops, Dave, afraid his last pack of cigarettes could turn him into a zombie, must quit cold turkey.
A Flower Story
Film (short) by Tsubasa Yamaguchi Camera and Electrical Department, Sound department
Film (short) by Jean Barker (Drama and Romance) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director Aubrey Martinez is stuck in a rut, behind a bar in the small town of Indio, CA, until the pain of lost love inspires her.
How My Dad Killed Dracula
Film (short) by Sky Soleil (Comedy, Family and Horror) Miscellaneous Crew A Halloween practical joke turns a family tradition into a night of terror when two precocious teens don't believe their cousins' dad killed Dracula. Insisting on proving it, Dad picks up a shovel and starts to dig. Written by Anonymous
Film (short) by Robert Mestas (Horror) Camera and Electrical Department A serial killer stalks two girls driving home from a party on Halloween night.
Film (short) by Robert Mestas (Sci-Fi) Camera and Electrical Department
Film (short) by Israel Gutierrez (Drama) Director, Writer, Producer, Sound department, Editor Abusive relationship between a man and a woman leads to a brutal ending.
Chapman University (Orange, CA)
California State University: Long Beach (Long Beach, CA)