Born and raised in Jackson Heights, Queens, Francisco Ordoñez graduated with a bachelor's degree in Sociology from Queens College. Recently, he completed his M.F.A. at Columbia University's Film Program, where he was honored as a Film Division Fellow. Kulture Machine, the production company that Francisco co-founded with two Columbia classmates, was named to Filmmaker Magazine's ”25 New Faces of Indie Film, 2004.” Francisco’s feature screenplay, ASHER, reached the semifinalist round at the 2002 HBO Latino Screenwriter's Lab, and was one of five scripts honored by the Columbia Film Division with a staged reading during the University’s 2005 Film Festival. Currently, Kulture Machine is raising financing for ASHER, which will be Francisco’s first feature film, a low-budget expansion of his short, “St. Paul,” which to date has been awarded Best Short Film at the 2005 New York Latino Film Festival, Jury Award at the 2005 Miami Short Film Festival, and was a Semi-Finalist at the 2005 Angelus Awards.
Tribeca All Access® | 2006