Sci-Fi / Historical Fiction / Literary Romance
Logline: In the 1950s, esteemed writer Jorge Luis Borges finds himself drawn into a time travel conspiracy involving some of the greatest cultural figures in history.
Overview: This time travel story, somewhat in the vein of SOMEWHERE IN TIME and OUTLANDER, shows historical characters speaking and behaving as they would have if they had really lived through its fantastic circumstances and events. These are not the mindless versions from BILL & TED'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE, but the real deal as far as Historical Fiction permits.
Genesis: I always wondered why so many of the greatest writers and scientists have converged in Geneva, Switzerland, and also, how would it be to travel through time and meet them in the flesh. I researched deeply each of the historical figures to the point that I felt I was travelling through time while writing this script. Also, I have always felt a deep connection to Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges because he's one of the greatest authors in the fantastic and because my parents were from Argentina.
Official Selection of the 2017 Beverly Hills Film Festival.
Finalist of the 2017 Byron Bay Film Festival Screenplay Contest.
Semi-finalist of the 2016 StoryPros International Screenplay Contest.
Quarter-finalist of the 2016-17 Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition.
Quarter-finalist of the 2017 Stage 32 Fantasy & Sci-Fi Screenwriting Contest.
"This script takes a terrific premise and tells a story worthy of that great idea [...] Borges is a fantastic protagonist." Austin Film Festival
"The script features a unique voice with bold, unusual ideas." Academy Nicholl Fellowships
"Thoroughly original piece of writing that is brimming with imagination and intelligence. The conceit of utilizing historical/cultural figures in a genre film succeeds due to the writer's obvious passion and knowledge of the characters portrayed, and the end result feels like a smart mashup akin to THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN, but without that film's gimmickry or one-note approach to detail. The sense of place in THE CHRONONAUTS is powerfully immersive thanks to the rigorous specificity, and the script's themes regarding nostalgia, culture, communing with the past, the nature of militarism, etc. are superb. Like all good speculative fiction, the script uses its heightened premise to explore some decidedly contemporary concerns [...] Its sheer inventiveness is both impressive and exciting." The Black List
Soldiers & Bandits
TV Pilot / War / Western / Historical Fiction
Tagline: The indomitable Mexican-American frontier is a cradle of wars, conquests and countless atrocities, but also of revolutions, hopes and dreams.
Logline: 100 years ago, a young and highly educated Mexican refugee finds himself in the middle of an imminent war between the USA and Mexico. Along the way, he meets with several historical characters from both sides and an evil presence.
Overview: In 1916, Pancho Villa raids an American town, bringing the USA and Mexico on the verge of war. The show will follow historical events mixed with speculation, fiction and sprinkles of magic realism. Although set in the past, the style and narrative structure will be current and modern, in the vein of THE KNICK and NARCOS.
Genesis: Having been born in Mexico, I grew up watching Mexican movies and TV shows inspired in the Revolution and its archetypes. I've also always wondered about the reasons behind violence, criminal activities and "evil" in general, and this led me to visualize a horror character roaming the Mexican frontier, affecting characters of every side. This evil allegory, the Mexican Revolution and WWI seem perfect to explore the current atmosphere of fear, racism, division and warmongering.
Runner-up of the 2017 Porto Alegre Screenwriting Festival (FRAPA) in the TV Pilot category.
- Selected for the Second Round of the application process for the Sundance Institute 2017 Episodic Story Lab.
- Quarter-finalist of the 2017 WeScreenplay Television Competition.
"This piece of historical fiction is a vivid look at the conflict between the Mexicans and Americans from both sides. The horror of the atrocities committed on both sides is well conveyed and disturbing, and the writer cleverly manages to give depth to both the heroes and villains." BlueCat
The Astral Grid
Sci-Fi / New Age / Alternative Thriller
Logline: A man suspects that his life is merely a dream, and attempts to escape from it through tantric sex and astral travel.
Overview: An indie and more human version of THE MATRIX, without its violence and silly bullet camera, but full of mysticism and eroticism, along with touches of surrealism. A world within a world, in the vein of THE THIRTEENTH FLOOR, DONNIE DARKO and DARK CITY.
Genesis: Three months after my mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer, I had a very complex and almost mystical dream, which inspired most of the plot, images and themes. The dream was even multi-layered, akin to INCEPTION. I complemented the story with other dreams and my actual life. Despite being a sci-fi and surreal thriller, this script is the most auto-biographical work I've ever written, encompassing both my real life and dreams -- and the blurry line in between.
- Semi-finalist of the 2017 Nashville Film Festival Screenwriting Competition [Top 10 in Sci-Fi].
Semi-finalist of the 2017 Creative World Awards.
Quarter-finalist of the 2017 ScreenCraft Sci-Fi & Fantasy Screenplay Contest.
- Quarter-finalist of the 2017 Stage 32 Fantasy & Sci-Fi Screenwriting Contest.
"This is a fairly original premise (with some familiar elements) on a science fictional / philosophical thriller." BlueCat
"Sensual, high-concept thriller that handles its sci-fi aspirations with great confidence." Creative World Awards
"An alt- alt- (maybe another alt-) world script that combines technology and Eastern mysticism into a story about choice and individual freedom [...] You like the protagonist as the washed up writer looking for love. He has his own POV and voice. And the tantric sex throughout offers a lot of funny beats." Academy Nicholl Fellowships
"You’ve got a lot of interesting ideas on display throughout this work, and your visceral depictions of sexuality were engaging without seeming exploitive. The implementation of Indian practices and belief systems is also a welcome breath of fresh air. Your first act is, quite simply, unlike anything I’ve ever seen before." Fresh-Voices
"A very cerebral story by an obviously talented and experienced writer bearing elements of David Lynch and some interesting surreal and uncanny tropes [...] The author would appear to have a firm grasp of writing noir and neo-Gothic stories with characters and settings that conform to established archetypes." Juror, Forest City Film Festival
Dhampira: The Revenant's Daughter
Supernatural Drama / Gothic Horror / Suspense
Logline: A young woman uncovers terrifying secrets about her family's history and realizes that a dark entity tries to kill everyone she loves.
Overview: This modern Gothic springs from the original Balkan and Gypsy vampire mythology and runs in the vein of INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE, BRAM STOKER'S DRACULA, THE HUNGER, THE CURSE OF THE CAT PEOPLE, the classic Hammer films and the TV shows FOREVER KNIGHT and DARK SHADOWS, with a touch of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER.
Genesis: My short film DHAMPIRA was a very satisfactory project that resonated with many people around the world, and allowed me to explore and communicate things that were important to me. However, I always felt that I could explore much more of this universe and its characters to create a longer narrative. I decided to relocate the story in New England, so I lived there for 4 months to research, write and explore the darkness of the atmosphere and within me as deep as possible.
Honorable Mention at the 2013 Barcelona International Film Festival Awards.
Official Selection of the 2017 FilmQuest Festival (Top 25 Unproduced Feature Screenplays).
Finalist of the 2015 Shriekfest Horror / Sci-Fi Film Festival.
Official Finalist of the 2013 World Series of Screenwriting.
Semi-finalist of the 2015 Search for New Blood screenwriting contest.
Semi-finalist of the 2016 Screenplay Festival.
Semi-finalist (Top 20) of the 2013-14 Just Effing Entertain Me Competition.
Quarter-finalist of the 2016 ScreenCraft Horror Screenplay Contest.
Quarter-finalist of the 2014 Final Draft, Inc. Big Break Contest.
Quarter-finalist of the 2017 StoryPros Awards Screenplay Contest.
Quarter-finalist of the 2015 Creative World Awards.
Quarter-finalist of the Happy Writers 2013 Contest.
Top 20% of the 2017 Academy Nicholl Fellowships.
"This is a captivating, gothic fantasy that explores themes of family, romance and undying loyalty through the story of Mara, an inquisitive college student who must come to terms with a supernatural history and her ultimate identity as a mythological “dhampir.” Multi-layered, rich in atmosphere and cultural detail, this screenplay's overall narrative is impressive and its attention to formatting and polish is sharp." Academy Nicholl Fellowships
"This is brimming with imagination. It’s both sexy and action packed. Scenes are efficient, have great buttons on the end and intercutting between scenes is handled with ease. There are some great surprises [...] Strong visual elements are featured that accent the emotional story [...] There is a great deal to admire here." Academy Nicholl Fellowships #2
"A uniquely new, adult take on the vampire mythology, backed up with a vast, detailed set of rules, relics and characters to make it compelling. The historical flashbacks paint a well-researched and intriguing tapestry of worlds and lives gone by." BlueCat
"It is refreshing to see a world of vampires that I don't know about already. Without the usual expectations that an audience has for a vampire film, it makes the story much more interesting and unexpected. Creating these vampires to be more sexual and stealing life force rather than blood is something that I haven't seen too much of." BlueCat #2
"A great story that brings the vampire myth back to being terrifying with vivid gothic imagery that is immersive and takes me exactly where the scenes are." Fresh-Voices
"Enjoyable read. As far as a vampire tales go, you have come up with a lot of original detail and you’ve established a compelling tone throughout. The whole tale has the feel of a throwback vampire story." Fresh-Voices #2
"The script has an incredibly inventive mythology that feels thoughtfully imagined in every detail. The tone and atmosphere are excellent." The Black List
"The story is also a true Gothic horror, taking advantage of the New England setting to coax maximum spookiness out of the seemingly normal." The Black List #2
Horror / Action / Superhero
Logline: Unable to stop its apocalyptic doom, North America becomes riddled with vampires. Survivors face their fleeting existence as they figure out the true allegiance of a super vampire. SUPERMAN meets DRACULA in the vein of RESIDENT EVIL.
Genesis: When I was in grade school, my favorite movie was SUPERMAN and I wrote and drew a comic-book style parody called SUPER VAMPIRE. The primal idea stayed with me ever since, so I redeveloped it into a superhero movie, or rather "super antihero", sort of graphic-novelly, in the vein of WATCHMEN. I've also noticed that this type of movies tend to be pre-apocalyptical or post-apocalyptical, but never both, so I wanted to develop a story in which the first act would end in an apocalypse.
Nominated for Best Horror Feature at the Written Word Awards of the 2017 Action on Film Festival.
Official Selection of the 2014 Beverly Hills Film Festival.
Official Finalist of the 2014 Hollywood Screenplay Contest.
Finalist of the 2013 Creative World Awards.
Semi-finalist of the 2017 StoryPros Awards Screenplay Contest.
Top 10% of the 2014 BlueCat Screenplay Competition.
"The author works in two interesting settings, one a Canadian military base which allows a number of Native American characters and the other is the area surrounding a particle physics experiment in the U.S. Southwest. It is well written in a modern action, appropriate style. Action is vivid and clear and set-pieces are well thought out. Dialog is also crisp and fits the characters while making them convincing in their professions." Academy Nicholl Fellowships
"This is an interesting twist on the vampire tales flooding screens these days. I really liked the Native American backstory associated with the vampires' arrival, and how you also tied that into themes of destroying the Earth, and preserving what we have. You set up a great, grim post-apocalyptic America [...] This really works to add a solemnity to the story as well; these really are the last survivors of a new North America." BlueCat
"SUPER VAMPIRE is to vampire movies what RESIDENT EVIL was to zombies—a nice mix of traditional horror with action-packed sequences." Fresh-Voices
"This story plays with and upends many vampire tropes to create its own original set of rules that defy a number of cliches and offer an extremely engaging end of the world scenario. The most compelling detail of this world is the way in which it manages to encompass both vampire and zombie lore to create a whole new level of seductive cannibals in a class all of their own. The inclusion of science and Native American lore created a fascinating intersection of magic and logic that made much of the script's complexities feel wonderfully plausible." BlueCat #2
Lovers of Darkness
Supernatural Mystery / Gothic Horror / Tragic Romance
Logline: A psychoanalyst researches the true nature of an epidemic of realistic erotic dreams while a newlywed man investigates his darkest family secrets and tries to escape from a nightmarish malediction.
Overview: This modern period piece, prequel to DHAMPIRA, tells a classic Gothic story of doom, mystery and tragic love, in the vein of THE HUNGER, THE WOLF MAN, CAT PEOPLE, VERTIGO and THE SIXTH SENSE.
Genesis: The scope of my DHAMPIRA universe is so vast that it does not fit in a single screenplay, creating the need for this prequel, both as backstory and as a stand-alone movie that explores other subject matters and themes.
Finalist of the 2015 Creative World Awards.
Semi-finalist of the 2017 Shriekfest Horror / Sci-Fi Film Festival.
"Fairly effective spin on the vampire motif, rendered distinctive by its geographical and chronological setting: many of the scenes occur in Yugoslavia, both prior to and during the late 80s conflict, and you make good use of local vampire lore. The focus here is not so much on the vampire as the sucker of blood (or, here, drainer of energy), but the vampire as a kind of incubus/succubus figure, a nocturnal visitor who often arrives in a seductive guise but is (cumulatively) equally lethal." BlueCat
"Certainly an interesting take on the world and mythology of vampires. The last page really brought it together and working back from that it is clear that this could be something extremely special and exciting. There is a real art to taking a different approach to common myths and legends and this is where this script shines." Fresh-Voices
"Fascinating, original, fun take on vampire mythology. This is around the time we should start seeing people do real creative things with the vampire trend, and this is a good example of that. You have an original angle, a solid command of screenwriting, and a great voice." Fresh-Voices #2
"This script had a strong sense of place and the various locations through the US and Europe made the story feel like it was occurring on a grand scale. The strongest element of the script was the seamless intersection of deadly magic and real historical strife. [...] Overall this was a smartly told tale that pushed past the usual bonds of the horror and suspense genres to create something that felt vividly rooted in a place, time and culture." BlueCat #2
Con el Chamuco por Dentro
(WITH THE DEVIL INSIDE)
Satire / Horror / Spanish Language
Logline: In 1997, a young aspiring filmmaker writes a maleficent script that threatens to demonize the whole Mexican film industry.
Synopsis: An aspiring screenwriter and filmmaker in Mexico City strikes gold when a telenovela star becomes interested in his newest script, "With the Devil Inside", and together they develop a literally enchanting project. As other film and TV personalities and a corrupt politician quickly fall under the spell of the script, the Mexican film industry readies to cannibalize itself under a vampire epidemic. And only an odd-matched crew may stand against the loose demons and impending damnation.
Overview: Self-reflexive film satire in the vein of ED WOOD and THE BIG PICTURE combined with absurdist Mexican horror mysteries (SANTO VS. LAS MUJERES VAMPIRO) and supernatural telenovelas (EL MALEFICIO).
Genesis: After a few years of being a striving screenwriter and filmmaker in the Mexican film business, I reflected on its surreality and absurdity, noticing the comical aspect of it all. While waiting for funding opportunities for my short film EL PAJE, I decided to enjoy the craziness and write a satire of my own quest. I had also become quite interested in vampire mythology and decided to add those elements in the story, particularly the purported relationship between lamias (enchanting female vampires) and select male writers.
Official Selection of the 2017 Oaxaca FilmFest.
The Royal Knight
Action-Adventure / Historical Drama / Alternative History
Logline: Miguel de Cervantes becomes a sidekick to Don John of Austria, natural son of Emperor Charles V and a practically invincible commander. From their adventures together, most notably the Battle of Lepanto, Cervantes draws inspiration for his DON QUIXOTE.
Overview: Historical fictionalization in the vein of EL CID, ROBIN HOOD, THE THREE MUSKETEERS, KNIGHTS OF THE ROUND TABLE, MAN OF LA MANCHA and GLADIATOR.
Genesis: Since Miguel de Cervantes did meet Don John of Austria during the Battle of Lepanto, I wondered if they could have had adventures together and inspire each other, eventually creating the character of Don Quixote.
- Official Selection of the 2015 Action on Film Festival.
"Looking for a good old-fashioned historical epic of ripping bodices and riproaring battles, political and personal intrigue at the highest levels, the rise from royal bastardy of the headstrong war leader who will be the greatest war commander of his time and with a cast of thousands fight one of the greatest sea battles ever against a cruel and brutal foe? Look no farther. The Royal Knight is here [...] It has some of the epic feel of EL CID. To my mind it successfully combines European history with Hollywood storytelling values. The characters are accessible and clearly delineated. The politics is precise and the battles well scaled between personal character combat and mass action."
Philip Boast, UK