Kenneth Castillo began his writing/directing career in 1996 producing theatrical productions at the Two Roads Theatre in Studio City. After producing, writing, and directing several full and one act plays, he turned his full attention to film. In 2000, along with his producing partner (and now wife) Karla Ojeda, formed a film production company called Valor Productions. Their first venture out was a series of short films entitled The Misadventures of Cholo Chaplin. A series of silent short films shot in the style of the serial shorts of the 20’s and 30’s and set in the world of The Day of the Dead. Several different episodes went on to screen at film festivals across the country including HBO’s New York International Latino FF and the Los Angeles International Short FF. In 2007, Episode V-A Day at the Theatre was accepted and screened at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival in France and the following year won the Imagen Award for BEST THEATRICAL SHORT FILM.
That same year Kenneth was featured on American Latino T.V. as an up and coming Latino filmmaker and caught the attention of Plus Entertainment. Since July of 2008, Kenneth has written and directed four feature films in the urban Latino genre under the title of The Drive-By Chronicles feature film series. All of which have been produced and distributed by Plus Entertainment. His first two features in the series Sidewayz and Ghostown are currently available for purchase at Walmart, Target, and Blockbuster stores across the country. Ghostown was recently awarded BEST DRAMATIC FEATURE at the 2010 Reel Rasquache Film Festival. His third feature in this series is entitled Confession of a Gangster and was released in the fall of 2010 along with 10 new episodes of his short film series.
In June of 2010 all three films in Kenneth Castillo’s Drive-By Chronicles feature film series were picked up by Comcast and Time Warner Cable for VOD distribution. Kenneth just wrapped his fourth feature this past April. An action thriller entitled The Hearts of Men where he not only wrote and directed but produced as well. The Hearts of Men was shot on location in Tijuana, Mexico. He is currently in pre-production on his fifth feature film entitled Counterpunch. The true story of a Cuban boxer out of Miami who suffers from bi-polar 2.
For more information on Kenneth please visit his official website: www.kennethcastillofilm.com