Alvaro Castellanos - Artist CV
ALVARO CASTELLANOS - ARTIST BIO ARTIST BIO & CV
Director, Producer, DOP, ARTISTS UNLIMITED CANADA & BE HERE FILMS FOUNDER & PROPRIETOR Event Planit Canada, EventPlanit.net
2015 UNIVISON USA – Top ten short films of 2015 for ‘The Story of Col. José Castellanos’
2015 Walk with Heroes Award by WIZO USA, Miami Florida
2014 Grant to Media Artists – Ontario Arts Council: THE RESCUE – A short film by Alvaro Castellanos & Boris Castellanos
***Key contributor ART SPEAKS – Canadian University Lecture Series by Canadian Multimedia Artists See sample lecture by Alvaro Castellanos: https://youtu.be/MB9Lc2q0k58
UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO – Honours degree - Political Science and Environmental studies
Filmmaker, musician and media artist Alvaro Castellanos began his artistic career as an experimental electronic music producer his home city of Toronto. After graduating from the University of Toronto (UofT) with a double Major in political science and Environmental studies, Alvaro studied photography and film and took up shooting on 16mm film.
In May 2016, Castellanos released his film THE RESCUE in Berlin, Germany at the German Foreign office on the former site of the Nazi Reich Bank. The Rescue, directed by Alvaro and Boris Castellanos, is a 30-minute documentary film about the Rescue of thousands of Jewish lives throughout Nazi occupied Europe, authored by the filmmakers’ grandfather, Colonel José Arturo Castellanos. The film explores the life of Colonel Castellanos who saved lives by issuing Salvadoran Nationality documents to more than 13,000 families while working as a diplomat in Hamburg and Geneva during the Holocaust.
Upon graduating from the University of Toronto and while conducting his studies in film, Alvaro founded his company Event Planit Canada, ( EventPlanit.net ) to provide strategic marketing solutions to clients and reach youth and millennials with a focus on experiential marketing, brand development and activation. Event Planit clients include NIKE, PUMA, HEINEKEN, CONTIKI HOLIDAYS, GAP ADVENTURES, SKYY VODKA, SMART CAR and many others. EventPlanit has also produced many Charity Galas in Canada such as Starry Nights for the past nine years from 2007-2016, an event produced by Alvaro & Boris Castellanos that has featured the likes of Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel, Actress Mia Farrow, rock celebrity/activist Bob Geldoff and many others.
Alvaro is the creator of the Quadrasonic film installations and Multiple DJ mix concept, which features a DJ “Orchestra” composed of four DJs playing records simultaneously on eight turntables all connected together in an immersive environment accompanied by dozens of 16mm film projections on multiple screens.
Most recently, Alvaro developed his LIVE FILM-CONCERTO concept with Boris Castellanos co-musical composer and co-director of The Rescue. Their Film-Concerti Incorporate the presentation of their complete short film (30 min.) with a live musical program by Alvaro and Boris Castellanos in which the filmmakers (Boris on Piano and Alvaro on bass), perform the soundtrack of their film live with a musical ensemble. This format was recently presented to great acclaim at the German Foreign Office in Berlin http://www.castellanosmovie.com/news/
Alvaro has conducted film workshops for youth at Cree Nation of Wemindji (in Northern Quebec), which provided him with the material for his short narrative film entitled Jesus of Wemindji – a film inspired and co-written by Cree Native youth, shot and directed by Alvaro & Boris Castellanos. Jesus of Wemindji is an artistic piece that shows the visual story telling of young William W. a native of the reserve in his effort to shield his younger brothers from bullying in the face of his brother George’s autism. The film poetically and subtly addresses the many challenges of growing up on the reserve and lack of resources and intellectual stimulus for First Nations youth on the reserve.
SELECTED MEDIA COVERAGE
CNN NEWS Washington DC. USA: Interview with filmmakers Alvaro & Boris Castellanos
UNIVISON TELEVISION NETWORK USA: 12-min story on documentary film The Rescue by Alvaro & Boris Castellanos, - voted top ten stories of 2015
SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA: Sunday edition - REVISTA DOMINICAL: Feature article"
BERLIN, GERMANY: https://amerika21.de/2016/05/152387/aussenamt-el-salvador
DE DEUTSCHLAND: http://www.dw.com/es/rinden-homenaje-en-berl%C3%ADn-al-schindler-salvadore%C3%B1o/a-19248377
TIMES OF ISRAEL: http://www.timesofisrael.com/salvadoran-savior-of-tens-of-thousands-of-jews-honored-in-germany/
WORLD JEWISH CONGRESS: http://www.worldjewishcongress.org/en/news/german-foreign-office-pays-tribute-to-salvadoran-savior-of-tens-of-thousands-of-jews-5-4-2016
UPCOMING & RECENT FILM SCREENINGS AND SELECTED EXHIBITIONS:
August, 2017: EL RESCATE - Buenos Aires Argentina
June 22. 2017: EL RESCATE - San José Costa Rica
June 15, 2017: German Embassy, Ottawa Canada
June 14 2017: THE RESCUE - A LIVE FILM-CONCERTO, Canadian premiere screening in Toronto with live musical performance by Boris and Alvaro Castellanos
Jan 2017: UNIVERSAL LOSS - Photographic & film works by Boris and Alvaro Castellanos GALLERY 101, Ottawa Canada
May 2016: DIE RETTUNG premiere screening, German Foreign Office, Berlin Germany April 13-16, 2015 SAN JOSE COSTA RICA – ‘Cineastas Latinos’ Lecture Series and workshops by Alvaro Castellanos and Boris Castellanos – Jaime Weizman Instituto de Bellas Artes, San José.
April 27, 2014 JERUSALEM, Israel, The Jerusalem House of Quality Gallery, Israel.
Nov 2013, SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador Film screening and artist talk 'Justo entre Naciones' (Alvaro & Boris Castellanos, directors), Organización Panamericana de la Salud, 2016 AGING IN SIAM (currently in production) Directed and produced by Alvaro Castellanos.
OTHER FILMS AND PRODUCTIONS BY ALVARO CASTELLANOS INCLUDE:
BE HERE, 2017 (currently in production)
A CULTURE OF SUSTAINABILITY , 2017
THE RESCUE - DIE RETTUNG, 2016 - See CNN Interview about THE RESCUE by Alvaro Castellanos: http://www.castellanosmovie.com/news/
2014 Justo entre Naciones, a short film produced for Yad Vashem, Costa Rica
2014 AFTERPARTY, written and directed by Alvaro Castellanos
2013 JESUS OF WEMINDJI, written and directed by Alvaro Castellanos
2013 Tom Mihalik, A Tribute, directed by Alvaro Castellanos
2012 The ORT Israel Tour, directed by Alvaro Castellanos
2011 BICICLETA, a 16mm short, written & directed by Alvaro Castellanos
2007-2016 The Tikun Olam Awards – A tribute to five outstanding Humanitarians, Alvaro Castellanos producer.