Originally from Mexico City, Mario Rivas is a graduate of the USC School of Cinematic Arts. As a writer, his screenplay “OLE MISS” has been optioned by With Sugar Please LLC. Other works have placed in the Nicholl Fellowship (twice), the Austin Film Festival, the Filmmatic Awards, Shore Scripts, American Zoetrope, Stage 32’s Happy Writers, the Sherman Oaks Film Festival, the Atlanta Comedy festival, and the Oaxaca Film Festival. His short play “FLAT EARTHER” was produced by Little Fish Theater as part of their “Pick of the Vine” series and won a "Scenie" award.
Mario has also written, produced and edited trailers, promos, and programs, including "CineNews" for Starz-Encore; an hour-long pilot for the AFI called "The Screenwriters"; and also covered dozens of film events, including the Golden Globes and the Academy Awards. He currently works as an editor at NBCUniversal.
Unique traits: 100% fluent in Spanish Basic Japanese Proficient in AVID, Adobe CS
Stormtrooper Drama Struggling to survive in the depressed streets of Berlin, an alienated gay youth joins the Nazi Stormtroopers -- despite their avowed homophobia -- and pays a high price for ignoring their hateful, dangerous ideology.
Ole Miss Historical ⋄ Thriller ⋄ Drama Trying to enroll the University of Mississippi’s first African American student, a group of unseasoned Justice Department officials and under-equipped U.S. marshals are pinned down by a 3,000-strong mob and rely on their courage and camaraderie to survive the night.
The Savage Land Thriller ⋄ Western Desperate to protect his beloved, a naïve hired hand enlists a cynical U.S. marshal to guard her wagon against a mysterious killer targeting travelers along the Overland Trail.
The Avuncular Homunculus Romance ⋄ Comedy ⋄ Fantasy Fearing for his job, an unimaginative court poet turns to a magical being that gives him access to all the ideas in the world. If he finds the right one, the poet just might save face with the king--and win the heart of his talented, lovely rival.
Persistence of Vision Independent ⋄ Drama A filmmaker who shoots propaganda for a dystopian police state infiltrates a terrorist group, finds himself drawn to its radical ideology, and comes to see his world in a new light.
The Myrmidons Action ⋄ Adventure ⋄ Fantasy Centuries before composing The Iliad, the poet Homer joins Trojan prince Hector and a band of superhuman warriors to try and stop the Trojan War, and in the process free humanity from the tyranny of the Olympian gods.
Film (Short and Comedy) Miscellaneous Crew 'VirtuaGirl' is a high tech romantic comedy about a geeky computer salesman named Adam Debutts who finds himself hopelessly unlucky in love until the day he encounters VirtuaGirl, a girlfriend simulation program that runs on a fully interactive, amazingly mobile PC! VirtuaGirl teaches Adam the ways of love, building his confidence and drive. However, the relationship quickly takes an ill-fated turn when Adam falls for a real girl. Cast away in a world that is not PC compatible, VirtuaGirl is left to contemplate life, love, and revenge! Written by Prevalent Sense Films
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Best Unproduced Screenplay, Sherman Oaks Film Festival
Finalist, Filmmatic Screenplay Awards
Official Screenplay Selection, Oaxaca Film Festival
Quarterfinalist, Nicholl Fellowship (x2)
Quarterfinalist, American Zoetrope
Quarterfinalist, Shore Scripts
Official Selection, Atlanta Comedy Film Festival
Second Round, Austin Film Festival
Quarterfinalist, Stage 32 Happy Writers
University of Southern California