Hello, my name is Diego Salazar Cely. I’m from Colombia, but I’ve been living around the Miami area for about ten years.
I graduated from film and photography in Bogota, Colombia in 2001. I got a degree in writing for film and TV in 2003 and I’ve assisted to some workshops for screenwriters, producers or directors in Colombia and since I moved to Miami, I’ve been in some other workshops part of the Florida Media Market and in some other ones during film festivals in town.
I worked as production Assistant in an French movie made in Bogota: Bob Decou’s “Les gens honnêtes vivent en Franc”. I wrote and directed some short films in Colombia as well as some proposals for Television Series. I tried several times to write the script for a feature, being filmmaking my main passion, but I couldn’t achieve any completed feature scripts by then.
I moved to United States with the intention of finding a place where I could make a living on making films. Ironically, once arrived to Miami, in 2004, I started working in Hispanic soap operas, like the ones I was avoiding in Colombia. I worked frenetically as a grip and then as a gaffer for about three years. Finally in this company, I got promoted as a Director of Photography and I committed to it for some other years in the Miami Hispanic television industry as a freelance, making commercials, some music videos and even a super low budget film.
In 2009, I found the opportunity to work as an assistant director and I decided to focused more in that direction of the direction. It was an important part of my continues process of learning filmmaking.
In 2008 I wrote Santiago Vitteri’s “I didn’t know who I was”. As I director I’ve done some commercials, music videos and a TV series for Nickelodeon in Spanish. I directed two shorfilms too. “Lovebuzz” was made as part of the “48 hours project” getting the recognition of best drama. In 2014 I finished my officially first (decent) shortfilm, “Mr. Insatiable”, a satire comedy, which is currently in the process of distribution through film festivals.
I’m currently working on writing and directing theater for the “Microtheater” in Miami, which is helping me to increase my understanding and awareness of the acting process as well as the internal rhythm of a scene. I’m writing a TV series for Colombia and I’m in the process of developing of my first feature, "Mambe", which is my first feature finished script, which we wrote in collaboration with my brother Carlos Salazar and my good friend from college, John Mosquera. "Mambe" could also be my first feature film as a Director.
As an artist, narrator or filmmaker, I’d like to explore comedy, positive thrillers, and good dramas, as well as to be open to serve my pure heart in the way his inspiration evolves.
I believe filmmaking and art in general is a powerful way to shape our reality. We can manifest internal and external changes with this magical creative process, whether for the artist or for the spectator. I believe movies are audiovisual prayers and today I have the commitment to use them as a tool for consciousness and love.
Name: Diego Salazar Cely
Lives in: Tamarac, Florida
Company: Placenta Films