Juan is an award-winning filmmaker with over a decade of experience creating narrative and documentary style content for film and TV. Born and raised in Panama, his early fiction work and his apprenticeship with documentary filmmaker, Joe Rubin, won him a full merit scholarship to SMU in Dallas, TX. Here he earned an MFA in film under the guidance of an outstanding faculty including screenwriter James V. Hart (Contact, Hook, Bram Stoker's Dracula). Juan went on to make his first feature, I Become Gilgamesh, which won "Best Feature Film" awards in 4 different festivals across the country. Juan also served as Head of Development for 12 Forward Entertainment, where his short documentary work helped the company gain the representation of CAA and become a major player in the industry.
Name: Juan Francisco de La Guardia
Lives in: Los Angeles, California
Occupation: Director and Screenwriter
Film (Short and Drama) Miscellaneous Crew A young man transports undocumented migrants into the United States. Thinking himself as a "taxi" service, he is forced to confront the harsh realities of human trafficking when one of the passengers is a twelve-year old girl.
Let's Get Metaphysical
Film (Comedy, Fantasy, Mystery and Short) Writer/Director A young couple inadvertently incites the wrath off a goddess at a metaphysical store. Now Mike has to embrace his psychic prowess to save the girl he loves.
I Become Gilgamesh
Film (Thriller) Writer/Director In a dim, cluttered laboratory, Dr. Michael Sieggombe, a single father and professor of biology, lectures his class on cancer and cell aging. The mood has been somber lately since his students learned of their professor's condition - he is being consumed by the very disease he has spent the latter part of his life studying. But soon two mysterious and contradicting characters will emerge to turn his world upside down and he will be shown a path that will not only allow him to beat the cancer, but cheat death itself. I Become Gilgamesh is a fantastic tale intertwining modern science, classic mythology, passion, lust and immortality. This psychological thriller will have audiences on the edge of their seats, provoking those eternal questions: "What would you do to save your life? What would you do for immortality?" Written by Danny Nguyen
Film (Short, Fantasy and Sci-Fi) Cinematographer A man's obsession for a magic box leads him to a mysterious world populated by demons and desires.
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Film (Short, Action, Comedy and Crime) Producer OCD Oscar and Bipolar Betty walk into a convenience store being robbed by Narcissist Nathan and Paranoid Pete... insanity ensues.
Etruscan Odyssey: Expanding Archaeology
Film (Documentary and Short) Cinematographer Etruscan Odyssey: Expanding Archaeology follows the work of archaeologist Dr. Gregory Warden as he leads the excavation of Etruscan villages and temples in the hilltops of Poggio Colla, Italy. Warden and his team of scholars and students explain the significance of ancient Etruscan culture, which was highly influential in the development of the Roman Empire. Written by Bavand Karim
Video (Short and Comedy) Producer Hormone driven frat boy Joe goes to an obscure party to hook up with a girl he met online. Frat boy Joe should have asked more about the party.
Video (Short, Crime, Drama and Thriller) Director Gabriela Cruz is a photojournalism student at NDU, raised by her working-class mother on the wrong side of the tracks of D-Town. Gabby's life is changed forever when she receives a full scholarship to NDU, a university favored by Dallas' high society students embodied by her roommate, Ryan Hortan. As Gabriela seeks the truth about her life, she discovers that money plays a role in everything - from the pollution of a nearby river - to her family's secret past. Written by Anonymous
Back in the Box Competition - Best Feature Film
Tupelo Film Festival - Best Feature Film
Park Cities Film Music Festival - Best Feature Film
Southern Methodist University (Dallas, TX)