His upcoming film, Hurricane Party, finished production in May ’05. This is a film about eleven people who decide to tempt fate rather than to leave town because of a killer hurricane. Gonzalez is the recipient of a 1998 ALMA AWARD for Mangas, part of ITVS’ FOTO-NOVELA series. The film is about a young, Costa Rican boy who magically brings his homeland and culture to his adoptive American family. Mangas has played in over 20 international festivals and continues to be rebroadcast throughout the U.S.
After receiving the Distinguished Student Award in Film at San Francisco State University, Gonzalez founded his own San Francisco-based production company,
In-Camera Film and Video. As the company’s president, he produced and directed numerous films, including the indie feature, Clay Farmers. The film has been broadcast, among others, by the BBC, PBS, TV-3 Barcelona and The Knowledge Network, earning recognition at festivals throughout the world, including AFI and Billboard Magazine’s Best-Fiction AVC Award.
Gonzalez has produced and directed a segment on performance artist, El Vez, for a national show entitled, ColorVision. For Discovery Channel, he has recently directed, The Silent Crisis: Diabetes Among Us, a one-hour documentary. Also, Gonzalez has directed 22 shows of Amigos, a bilingual series, broadcast nationally by PBS. He has also produced, written and directed Together Against Abuse, for the State of California.
Upcoming, he has been contracted to direct Beisbol’s Latin Rhythm, a three-part documentary for television.
Gonzalez is also attached to direct two of his own screenplays: The Last Gunslinger, optioned by the German production company, ena Film GmbH; and The Right To Remain Silent, Charles Brandt’s novel, a psychological thriller about a wisecracking detective who gets ensnarled by the practices of a “modern” police force.
Among Gonzalez’s many editing credits are two films for the Names Project: The Inaugural Display Of The Quilt; and the ACE Award Nominee, We Bring A Quilt. He has also edited the GOLDEN APPLE award-winning documentary, Not All Parents Are Straight. Gonzalez has also edited a television documentary on peace activist, Brian Willson, entitled, Peace Begins Here.
Gonzalez teaches writing and directing at The School of Theater, Film and TV at UCLA. He has been awarded UCLA’s prestigious Distinguished Teaching Award in 2003. A.P. Gonzalez is a member of The Directors Guild of America. He is also co-chair and actively involved in the DGA’s Latino Committee. In October 2005, Hispanic Business Magazine named him among the top 100 influential Latinos in the U.S.
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