Santiago, Chile - 1956
United States - 1972
Dante is a creative go-getter. A television reporter at 24, a news anchor at 25, and a news director at 26, his television career took off during the 80's. By the late 90's Dante had solid command of the business, both in front and behind the cameras. In 1997 he produced and wrote his first documentary, an homage to Cesar Chávez, and in 1998 drew upon his life experience as a newsman to write "Foreign Policy", his first screenplay. In 1999 he changed paths and moved to public television as executive producer at a PBS affiliate, where he helmed numerous series and documentaries. In 2006 he was honored with an Emmy Award as Executive Producer of "That's a Wrap!" a documentary about high school filmmakers. Dante completed production of The Other Barrio, his first feature film, and his production company Atacama Films is in development of Huelga! a feature film based on the novel Huelga House by Bonnie Hearn Hill. Dante studied journalism and photography at Sam Houston State University, and uses the visual medium to connect with the world.
Huelga! Budget: $100K - $1M | Drama The privileged son of a wealthy California grape grower struggles with his own values and upbringing when he infiltrates the farm worker's union of 1965 to track down the man who murdered his sister, only to find that justice is not always blind, and the truth never this painful.
Frank's Life Budget: $100K - $1M | Comedy ⋄ Drama Left by his cheating wife, an emotionally dented reporter must confront his politics, an immigration judge, and his own convictions as he struggles to bounce back and rebuild his life.
After Ever After
Film by Rakesh Kumar (Drama) Editor/Story Consultant All classical stories end with- "and they lived happily ever after". After Ever After explores the meaning of happily ever after through the eyes of an alcoholic father struggling to explain the meaning of life to his dying daughter.
The Other Barrio
Film by Dante Betteo (Drama) Director/Writer/Producer/Editor Housing investigator Bob Morales must deal with his own past as he struggles to clear his name and track down the suspicious circumstances of a fatal fire in a residential hotel in San Francisco's gentrifying Mission District, only to find himself face to face with murder, corruption and his own demons.
Documentary by Lou Dematteis (Documentary) Editor
Emmy Award Best Children's Oriented Programming
Best Documentary - The Railroad Empire - Peninsula Press Club
Best Documentary - In My View: Photo Memories of 9/11
Sam Houston State University
Fairhope High School
International School Nido de Aguilas