Friday, August 24, 2018

HollyShorts: Monday - Alejandro Montoya Marín Interview

Photo Credit: JBN Media

Alejandro Montoya Marin was born in Laredo Texas and raised in Mexico (Merida and Monterrey). Since a very young age, he has been interested in film. 

Alejandro went to school for marketing and then attended Vancouver Film School in Canada where he specialized in Directing. He later moved to Albuquerque to join the growing film industry.

His narrative work includes: Intrepido (2009), The Princess and the Musician (2013), The Joneses (2014), Low/Fi (2015), Monday (2016), and Leslie (2017). His films have screened in numerous film festivals including the Cannes Film Festival, Raindance, The Napa Valley Film Festival, Hollyshorts, and many more.

In addition to narrative film, Alejandro also has an intense love for music and has directed many music vídeos. He has directed for Sleigh Bells, Chikita Violenta, Motopony, Grimlin, and Stem Ivory.

Most recently, Alejandro appeared on the El Rey Network-produced documentary show, REBEL WITHOUT A CREW: THE SERIES. With a budget of only $7000 and 14 days of shooting time, Alejandro was able to adapt his award-winning short film, MONDAY, into a feature film. The movie premiered at special screening during the 2018 SXSW FESTIVAL and most recently was screened to a sold-out audience at the SOHO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL. The film is currently on the film festival circuit and continues to pile up rave reviews.

Alejandro is now currently working on both his second and third feature film projects.


Alejandro Montoya Marín on the Red Carpet with some of the JBN Team, 
Rachel Litfin (Journalist) and Ed Chung (Photographer).
Official Selection - Santa Fe Film Festival
Official Selection - Filmstock Film Festival (Phoenix)
Official Selection - Las Vegas Film Festival
Official Selection - Roswell Film Festival
Official Selection - Ukraine International Film Festival
Albuquerque Film & Music Experience - (WINNER)
Taos Film Festival (WINNER)
BOOM! Film Review Awards - Best Director (WINNER), Best Cast (WINNER), Best Editing (Winner), Best Short Film (Honorable Mention)

Anna Schatte ― The Hitwoman
Anna Schatte is an actress and writer, known for The Son (2017), Rebel Without a Crew: The Series (2018) and Agenda: Payback (2018).

Kenneth McGlothin ― Paul
Kenneth McGlothin is an actor and assistant director, known for The Garden (2017), 10 Years (2011) and The Virus (2014).

Jamie H. Jung ― Jim
British American actor Jamie H. Jung grew up on and around U.S. Air Force bases in Japan, Missouri, England, Texas, and Germany. He first pursued Performance Studies at Queen Mary College of the University of London and continued his training at the Stella Adler Conservatory in New York City. The Los Angeles-based Esprit Talent Agency represents Jamie theatrically and commercially. The O' Agency handles his TV & film work in New Mexico.

Sofia Embid ― Sam
Sofia Embid is known for her work on Life Goes Up (2016), Nightmare Alley (2018) and Cariños (2018).

Bonnie Gayle ― Alice
Bonnie Gayle is an actress and producer, known for Camino (2016), Monday (2018) and Murder Made Me Famous (2015).

After being dumped and fired, Jim tries to put his life together only to find himself trapped in the middle of rival cartel war. His day is about to get even worse.

DIRECTED BY: Alejandro Montoya Marin
STARRING: Jamie H. Jung, Mara Anderson, Matt Page, Jade Kammerman, Kristen Rakes, Kenneth McGlothin, Rogelio T. Ramos, Denise Gurule

Alejandro Montoya Marín on the Red Carpet with JBN Journalist, Rachel Litfin.

Alejandro Montoya Marín on the Red Carpet at HollyShorts.

Alejandro Montoya Marín on the Red Carpet with Rachel Litfin and Ed Ching.


HollyShorts takes place August 9-18, 2018 at the TCL Chinese Theater, Harmony Gold Theater and other locations in Hollywood. Nearly 400 short films will compete for the festival’s top prizes. Last year HollyShorts finalists included 3 out of the 5 Live Action Oscar nominees and the winning short Silent Child from Rachel Shenton and Chris Overton. This year, HollyShorts received an all-time record 5,000 submissions from over 80 countries. The competition will feature Live Action, Animation and Documentary Shorts as well as web series, student shorts, music videos, TV pilots, and VR. The festival also features a screenplay competition where the winning short gets greenlit, shot and shown at next year’s festival courtesy of Seattle Film Summit.

Video/Edit: James Vallesteros (@jamesvallesteros). Audio: Edward Chung

HollyShorts Film Festival is an organization devoted to showcasing the best and brightest short films from around the globe, advancing the careers of filmmakers through screenings, networking events, and various panel and forums. The Oscar Qualifying HollyShorts Film Festival showcases the top short films produced 40- minutes or less. Categories include Short Animation, Short Live Action, Short Documentary, Music Video, Webisode, Commercials, TV, and Digital Microbudget.
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