Born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, and raised in Miami, Florida, I graduated with an M.F.A. in Film Directing from the American Film Institute, completed a Professional Advanced Certificate in Screenwriting from the University of California, Los Angeles, and earned a B.F.A. in Film Production from Florida State University. My AFI thesis, "My Backyard Was A Mountain", qualified for the Academy Awards, was the recipient of the Imagen Award, won prestigious grants from Kodak and Panavision, and screened at over one hundred and fifty international film festivals. A finalist in Esquire Magazine for my short adaptation, "Father Figure", I completed my debut feature, "The 7", two shorts, "The Stain On The Sidewalk" and "The Perfect Shot", and two promos, "We Are All Latino" and "Sue Wong: Beauty, Magic, Transformation". I was selected for the CBS Directing Initiative, the NBC-Universal Showcase, the Writers Guild of America Independent Writers Caucus, the McNamara Arts Project Grant, the Caucus Foundation Grant, and the Diversity Scholarship from the Multicultural Motion Picture Association. My new feature film is titled "Hollywood Whores", and it is available for distribution. I am developing and financing five new feature films for 2015: "The Mirror Room", "Dancing With Fidel", "The Polybius Project", "Sweet Dreams Kiss", "They Sway Toward The Sun", and "Redemption".
a woman IN LOVE
Film (short) by Adam Schlachter (Documentary, Drama, Music and Romance) Director, Writer, Producer, Editor, Cinematographer Probable stages of what it means to be in love as a woman is explored through the discourse of ten young women from different backgrounds, juxtaposed with personal dance interpretations.
Film by Adam Schlachter (Comedy, Drama and Music) Director, Writer, Producer, Cinematographer, Actor, Music department Struggling artists in Los Angeles, from studio executive to homeless actor, compromise their identities and souls in search of their dreams and passions... Funny, realistic, and heartfelt.
Sue Wong: Beauty. Magic. Transformation.
Film (short) by Adam Schlachter (Documentary) Director, Writer, Producer A visual éclat of Chinese-American Couturier, Sue Wong.
The Perfect Shot
Film (short) by Adam Schlachter (Comedy and Romance) Director A young woman is trailing a couple at the park, intensely watching them though her camera. As she's about to secretly take their photo a young man appears from nowhere, unabashedly commenting on what she is doing. At first determined to ignore him, she immediately forgets her resolve when he remarks on how happy the couple looks. This sets into motion a tug-of-war exchange between the two: while she holds the firm belief that relationships have become obsolete, he repeatedly challenges her jaded point of view with a striking optimism on love. In the end, she is forced to make a choice: continue to vicariously live through the subjects she photographs, or open herself up to the possibilities of love... which could be sitting right next to her on the park bench. Written by Audrey Martinez
We Are All Latino
Film (short) by Adam Schlachter (Documentary) Director, Writer, Producer, Self The notion of what it is to be Latino is explored through a discourse of passionate statements and reflexive images by eight emerging Latino filmmakers, Adam Schlachter, Anthony Nardolillo, Carlos Gallardo, Fanny Veliz, Iris Almaraz, Katrina Elias, Ruben Obregon, and Shawna Baca, all having distinguished, diverse backgrounds. From where they were born, to where they grew up, to their favorite Latino dance styles, to their favorite Latino films, to exploring their dreams, desires, struggles, and passions, to individually defining what it is to make their own, personal films, and what they hope to achieve and influence through their films with their culture, audience, and self-identity. A lyrical and expressive juxtaposition of vignettes embraces the differences within their own ethnicity to define Latino as different colors from different places coming together. It further suggests indirectly that perhaps to be Latino is the same as to be a human being. Written by Adam Schlachter
The Stain on the Sidewalk
Film (short) by Adam Schlachter (Drama) Director, Writer, Producer, Editor A high school boy hopes his declaration of love makes a lasting impression on the object of his affection.
Film by Adam Schlachter (Horror and Thriller) Director, Producer A group of young students are being stalked by a blood thirsty creature and starts to kill them one by one their only hope for survival is to try and find away out before the cave becomes there grave
Film (short) by Adam Schlachter (Drama and Thriller) Director, Writer, Producer, Editor The story of a young man forced to deal with the long forgotten past. Jesse, a hardened young man, encounters Alex, a Gospel preaching stranger, while watching over his younger brother, Andy, on a desolate beach. After dismissing the religious rhetoric and realizing Alex's true identity, Jesse reluctantly engages a conversation with him, his long estranged father, placing Andy in danger. As Alex attempts to reconcile with him, Jesse confronts and threatens him, but the reunion ends abruptly with a rather unfortunate result. Written by Adam Schlachter
My Backyard Was a Mountain
Film (short) by Adam Schlachter (Drama and Family) Director, Writer Ten-year-old Adan lives a carefree life in the rural town of Palmarejo, Puerto Rico, in the late 1950's, surrounded by his friends, his caring mother, Lilliam, and his beloved pet goat, Chivo. His father, Pablo, returns home from New York City after a brief absence, bringing good news that he has found employment there and announcing he will be moving the family to the distant city immediately. Although Adan initially thinks the trip will be fun and exciting, he discovers that he cannot take Chivo along with him. With the help of his childhood friend, Denise, Adan embarks on a quest to find a new home for his goat.... A compelling, personal story with emotional resonance for anyone with a loving heart. Written by Adam Schlachter
Film (short) by Bill Balas (Drama) Second Unit Director or Assistant Director John Roberts has been tracking a monster since he was seven-years-old; the man he blames for the death of his mother. Tonight John confronts that man, realizing that it may be John himself who is, in fact, the monster.
Film (short) by Adam Schlachter (Drama and Family) Director, Writer This film is the story of Adan, a Puerto Rican boy in the 1950's, who has two days to find a new home for his pet goat, Chiva, before his family relocates to New York City. While searching for a new owner for Chiva, Adan discovers the promise of first love with his childhood friend, Denise, whom he will also have to leave behind. The excitement and anticipation of change, coupled with the impending loss of Adan's playmates, makes for a compelling, personal story with universal appeal. Although inundated with Puerto Rican themes, it carries emotional resonance for an international audience of all ages. Written by Adam Schlachter
Caution to the Wind
Film (short) by Adam Schlachter (Drama and Thriller) Director, Writer This is the story of Summer, a teen prostitute who has lived on the city streets of Los Angeles most of her life. Living in a condemned apartment on the wrong side of the tracks with her naive boyfriend, Gordie, she dreams of the day when she will leave town. After a bout with an abusive client and an altercation with a belligerent pimp, she finds a personal truth that cannot be ignored: There is always someone worth living for. Written by Adam Schlachter
Gone in Sixty Seconds
Film by Dominic Sena (Action, Crime and Thriller) Art department Car theft in Long Beach went down 47% when Randall "Memphis" Raines walked away from the life. He gets dragged back into it by assuming the job his brother Kip screwed up for stolen-car broker Raymond Calitri: steal 50 exotic cars and have them on a container ship by 8 AM Friday morning, and he got this news on a Monday. With Calitri threatening to kill him and Kip, and the police GRAB unit breathing down his neck, Memphis reassembles his old crew and attempts to pull off the logistically impossible. Written by Jeff Cross <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Over 30 Grand Prizes @ Over 200 Film Festivals