Carlos Gutierrez was born and raised in Miami, Florida. As an undergraduate student at Tufts University, he majored in Spanish Literature with a minor in Communications & Media Studies. His honors thesis project, a documentary entitled Journey into Exile, garnered numerous awards at festivals including the NY Independent Film Festival and the World Fest Houston. After graduating with his B.A., Mr. Gutierrez worked as a television commercial producer in advertising for three years. He was awarded a Graduate Fellowship in order to attend New York University Master’s Film Program. During his time at NYU, Mr. Gutierrez was awarded several grants including: the Warner Bros. Production Grant, Walter Meade Scholarship, the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts award, a Cuban Artists Fund grant and the Richard Vague Award in Film Excellence.
Mr. Gutierrez’s short film, Sleight of Hand, won the Best Latino Filmmaker Award at the DGA Student Film Awards, was an official selection at Palm Springs Film Festival and won several awards at the First Run Film Festival in New York City. While at NYU, he was awarded the Grand Prize for the 2004 HBO-NY Latino Film Festival Short Film Contest in which he was given the chance to direct Lechón (Pork). As part of the Grand Prize, Lechón was screened ahead of the feature films that played during the festival. Lechón was an official selection at the Slamdance Film Festival and the Gen Art Shorts in the Park festival. Mr. Gutierrez was later selected as a finalist for the Esquire Magazine Short Film Competition where his short film In the Past was screened for a panel of industry professionals including Phillip Seymour Hoffman.
Both Lechon and Sleight of Hand were purchased for on-air programming by the network Sí TV. Sleight of Hand was also sold nationally in the U.S. with the Sony Playstation (PSP) in a short film compilation titled: ShortsPlay. Still a student at NYU, Carlos then signed with NY-based Production Farm for representation as a television commercial director. His commercial for the New York International Latino Film Festival, titled Typecasting, was awarded an Emmy for Best P.S.A. and a Bronze trophy at the Ad Age Latino Awards.
Mr. Gutierrez graduated with a Masters of Fine Arts in Film Directing from New York University with his thesis film, Wet Foot/Dry Foot. The film was nominated for the Student Academy Awards and was the winner of the Showtime Network’s Latino Filmmakers Showcase as well as having its world premiere on the network. Carlos’ follow-up film Escondido (Hidden) premiered on Showtime Networks and was produced by Showtime as part of the Latino Filmmaker Showcase.
Carlos’ script Black and Blue, based on Wet Foot/Dry Foot, was named one of three finalists in the FADE IN Awards for Best Feature Screenplay as well as a finalist for the CINESTORY and SLAMDANCE screenplay contests & is currently slated to be a feature film in 2013. His next script, Self Storage, is in development with a Los Angeles-based production company. In 2012, Carlos completed work on his latest short film Vino Tinto (Red Wine) that will be making its world premiere at the 2013 Miami International Film Festival in the Florida In Focus Category. In the same year, he produced another short film for HBO Latino, The Acting Lesson.
Mr. Gutierrez is represented by Joe Riley of Velocity Entertainment Partners, attorney Jill Smith of Wallerstein / Barkin / Smith.