Director Bio: Franco Machado-Pesce (NEITHER HERE NOR THERE)

Franco is an actor and filmmaker who was born in Caracas, Venezuela, and moved to the United States at the age of 3. Since the age of 16, Franco has worked both in front and behind the camera, which has allowed him to explore and embrace different perspectives within his acting. In 2019, he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Screenwriting and a minor in Sociology from Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts. He is best known for his performances in “Thárros” (2021), “Magnus Rex” (2021),“Look at Me” (2021), and “Second Chances: A Moment” (2020). Through his creative career, Franco has had the opportunity to work with artists such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Anthony Ramos, Francis F. Coppola, Rita Wilson, Jessy Terrero, Lil Peep, Lil Twist, and CD9. He’s directed three short films, Ni Aquí Ni Allá (2021), Our Lives Matter (2017), and Be a Man (2017), as well as a music video for TAKARA. Franco currently resides in New York City as an actor and filmmaker.

Director Statement

As a LatinX artist, I want to create stories for marginalized communities that push beyond the status quo of what we think is creatively possible for our people. Through the constant pressure of society and our own social constructs, we have limited what our stories can be. I want to continue paving a path for creativity to rise and destroy these mental borders that limit our human expression. We need more adventures. We need more super heroes. The beauty of film is that there are no rules, so we can become whatever we want.

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