Randy Valdes


A film, like any work of art, should provoke thought and promote a deeper understanding of the human quality. I aim to craft films that are philosophical, challenging, and that inspire the viewer to be introspective. My background as a Director of Photography is an essential part of my work as a Director, using cinematography to cultivate an atmosphere in my films that is powerful and purposeful.

I’ve been fortunate to premiere work at The Sheffield International Documentary Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, and SXSW FilmFest, and been screened at Hot Docs – Film and Music Series, ScreenDance Miami Festival, and won best documentary in XicanIndie FilmFest. Most recently, my first short film was acquired by HBO for national distribution and I’m currently in the post-production phase of my most important project to date, Petra.

Although a film Director first, I hope to continue to develop a career as an artist whose principal medium is film, rather than simply being a filmmaker. As a result, my work includes photography which is important to me because it allows me to focus on simpler tasks, like just showing others what I think I see, which is often different than what others see. I like to dabble in animated collage artwork which has often focused on spiritual elements through a psychoanalytic approach, and I have recently undertook a manuscript which I hope will remind modern man of the wisdom we’ve forgotten.

Making films is my obsession.
Photography I do for exploration.
And the rest is just for growth.

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