Gerardo Maravilla (USA)

Gerardo “Gerry” Maravilla is a Mexican-American writer and filmmaker based in Los Angeles. Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, he escaped his suburban, Catholic upbringing through punk rock and horror movies. The bicultural lovechild of Tim Burton and Guillermo del Toro, he’s drawn to the darkness that exists in our everyday life that we choose to ignore. Gerardo writes horror and drama scripts about underdogs confronting the dark truths in their lives and in our society. His last short film script, Calabaza, was produced as part of Film Independent’s Project Involve, where he was a writing fellow. It screened at Palm Springs ShortFest, the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival, and many more. Gerardo has been a writing fellow at the Stowe Story Labs as well as a filmmaking fellow in the New York Film Festival’s Artist Academy and Hola Mexico’s Tomorrow’s Filmmakers Today.

Niño de vidrio (Child of Glass) After inadvertently reviving an ancient vampire with his sick grandmother’s blood transfusion supply, a lonely Mexican boy is falsely accused of murder. With no one to turn to, the vampire offers him protection and the two flee to a new city in search of sanctuary.