J. Xavier Velasco
J. Xavier Velasco is an award-winning Mexican writer, director and producer based in Brooklyn, NY. His short film Juan & La Borrega (2011) got a Mexican Academy Ariel Award nomination in 2012 for Best Short Fiction Film and had its US premiere at the AFI Fest 2012. His short film Zerch (2015) world premiered at the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival in South Korea and was acquired by the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival to be released on DVD. Both short films were supported with grants from the Mexican Film Institute IMCINE. Velasco's last sci-fi short film Above and Below the Waves (2018) world premiered at the prestigious Sitges Film Festival and it is currently doing the film festival round. Velasco produced the movie Mi America (2015), acquired by HBO; he collaborated as associate producer on the movie En el Séptimo Día (2017), which was nominated for the John Cassavetes award at the Independent Spirit Awards 2019 and acquired by Cinema Guild. He also co-produced the feature documentary I'm Leaving Now (2018) that world premiered at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival 2018 and had its US premiere at DocsNYC 2018.
Velasco is currently in the postproduction of a new sci-fi short film entitled Atl (2019) and he is also developing his first feature film as director.