Latino writer/director Edgar Bravo has explored the residual effects of the North American and Latino culture clash. During his studies at the UCLA graduate school of film (MFA), Mr. Bravo’s film “Mi Casa”, which dealt with Latino immigrants in L.A., won the grand prize at the A&E national film competition. This prestigious award helped launch his directorial career and Mr. Bravo took on his next challenge: “Mi Hermano” which was the first drama to deal with the ramifications of AIDS and Latino immigrants. This poignant, edgy film garnered Mr. Bravo a Cine Eagle award and was broadcast nationally on Univision and PBS.
After receiving his Masters of Fine Arts from UCLA with honors, Mr. Bravo wrote and directed the feature I’ll Love You Forever… Tonight (1992), which won national rave reviews including the L.A. & N.Y. Times. The project co-starred Thomas Jane (Boogie Nights, Magnolia, 61*, Dreamcatcher). Phaedra released the film nationally. Video distribution was handled by BlockBuster and Hollywood Video. Lumiere Films (producers of ‘Leaving Las Vegas’) saw I’ll Love You Forever tonight and hired him to complete Venus Rising (1995), a feature that required a re-write and re-shoots. They were so pleased with Mr. Bravo’s take on the material, that they hired him to write the feature “The Perfect Husband”. Mr. Bravo’s film “Mi Hermano” was viewed by Columbia-Tri-Star and Telemundo and led to his first directorial stint in television. Mr. Bravo shot an hour-long episode of “Reyes y Rey” (1998), a popular police drama based in a fictional Latino border town. The episode received such high ratings that he was contracted to direct two episodes of their other co-production “Angeles”, a Latino version of ‘Charlie’s Angels.
The award winning San Francisco writers Bob Vickery and Dale Chase granted Mr. Bravo rights to their stories after they reviewed his body of work. The result was the script “Lust, Love & Repetition”, which is currently in production with Mr. Bravo as director. Mr. Bravo’s script “The Closing Bell” has been selected by the Telluride Indie Fest as one of the top 25 indie scripts of 2002.
In 2008, Mr. Bravo and then first time producer John Paul Rice partnered to form No Restrictions Entertainment to produce the critically acclaimed indie featureOne Hour Fantasy Girl, written and directed by Edgar. The following year, they teamed up with Ten Thirty One Pictures to produce The Magic Stone and returned as a duo for Mother’s Red Dress. All three films deal with challenging social issues while telling an entertaining and original narrative story. Mr. Rice and Mr. Bravo are currently preparing for their fourth feature in four years, Monster Killer, a supernatural, psychological thriller to shoot in 2012.
Mr. Bravo’s great dream is to direct his script, “The Conquest Of Mexico”, which depicts the beauty of Mexico before the treachery of Cortez and European diseases he brought devastated a highly developed indigenous culture..