Leslie Rivera

Leslie Rivera

Blatino Cineninja
Director, Screenwriter and Producer

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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March 2018
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About Leslie

Stories, entertainment, movie magic and the search for truth. Those are the things that drive Puerto Rico born writer/director Leslie Rivera to create uniquely entertaining narratives. For Les, each project is an opportunity to push his chosen art form further, to explore the human condition and to leave a mark on the fabric of the world.

A winner of the Philadelphia Film Festival’s Philly Pitch and a Sundance Screenwriter’s Lab semi-finalist, Les has made myriad short films and documentaries. He is an avid educator of low budget filmmaking techniques, believing it is through hard work, mistakes, repetition, failures and self reflection that a filmmaker learns and gets better at their craft. He has taught multiple master workshops for various organizations including the Philadelphia Latino Film Festival.

His youtube channel, Les El Blatino Cineninja, is full of video tutorials that teach movie magic. Les is currently in post-production on his five part limited series, Papi Ramirez vs Giant Scorpions, which was shot in a rental storage unit using green-screen, miniature props and sets, and stock footage to create a quirky, campy, retro cinematic look for an entertaining story about the lengths a soon-to-be-father will go for his child. Simply put, daddy has to kung fu fight some giant scorpions that wanna eat him for dinner.

Unique traits: I was a core company member of Rennie Harris Pure Movement, a pioneering Philadelphia based hip hop dance company that toured the world.

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