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Check out Juan Avella

Today we’d like to introduce you to Juan Avella.

Juan, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, and ever since I can remember, I loved the film. However, life took a different path for me. I started out wanting to be a producer even though I was writing since I was 15-years-old. So I went to Business school and graduated with a BA, specializing in banking and finances. But when I started working in the industry, I realized “story” was what drove me. And so, I dove into screenwriting by relocating to Los Angeles to attend the AFI Screenwriting program, where I got my MFA in 2013. Ever since, I have been working in the TV industry as a writer-producer for channels like NFL Network, Discovery Channel, and E! Entertainment Television while developing a career as a writer-director. So far, I’ve directed two short films, which after successful festival runs, were acquired by HBO for distribution. I’m currently in the packaging stages of two feature films as a writer-director, one which was the 2019 recipient of the Sloan’s TFI Filmmaker Fund and was a finalist on the Black List’s LatinX list.

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
As a filmmaker, I focus on gritty and social stories set in multicultural worlds and my work has been supported by the Tribeca Film Institue, The Black List, HBO, Time Warner, Film Independent, and NALIP. Moreover, I am passionate about exploring antiheroes, whom I believe to be complex characters, while at the same time, sending a social message through my work and inspiring others.

How can artists connect with other artists?
I think feedback is extremely valuable as an artist, so I think surrounding yourself with fellow filmmakers and artists will help improve your work but also take care of the lonely element.

Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork
My first short HIJO POR HIJO is streaming on HBO Now until May 2020. My second short HER BODY will begin streaming on the same platform in May 2020. For more info about my work and future projects, you can always check my website

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Image Credit:
Juan Avella / Maazin Kamal / Esteban Arango / Erick Castrillon

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