Randy Valdes


A film, like any work of art, should be useful and birthed out of necessity. It should provoke thought and serve to develop 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. My first short film was acquired by HBO for national distribution and I’m soon to premiere my most personal 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. My work includes photography, which allows me to focus on simpler tasks, like showing others what I think I see, which is often different than what they see. I like to work with collages, sometimes animated, which has often focused on spiritual elements with a psychoanalytic approach. I hope that through the body of my work, I can serve to remind the modern being of the wisdom we’ve forgotten.

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