Director Biography – Alex Ramirez (THE QUIET SHORE)

Alex Ramirez is an award-winning Mexican-American filmmaker based in San Antonio, Texas. He is a graduate of the University of Texas – Pan American with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre/TV/Film. A life long lover of cinema, he has worked professionally throughout Texas since 2010. He is the head of his own production company, Mala Bruja Pictures (formerly Ruly Crescent Filmworks). His films have screened domestically and across the globe. He currently teaches media and film at SAY Sí in San Antonio and serves as a Board Member on the San Antonio Film Society.

Director Statement

Most projects I write and direct come from my own experiences. This is not one of those cases. The harrowing nature of this tale was afforded to me through a magazine article. This story, which I happened upon in college, was about a couple’s struggles in dealing with an ALS diagnosis (in this case, the man was diagnosed). Ever since, I have been unable to unsee and “un-feel” that tale. ALS, or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, is essentially a death sentence, with patients succumbing to the disease in 3-5 years. This story granted me a canvas to work; a slice-of-life tale that explored universal themes I myself would learn I had little grasp on: mortality, the loss of identity, intimacy, and infidelity. This project, more than any other, became a cipher of my future. During post-production, my father died and I experienced a break-up more akin to a divorce. It is not inaccurate to say this picture is a thesis of sorts, a tale wracked with pain and grim foreshadowing but also, of transcendental beauty.

Short Film: THE QUIET SHORE, 28min., USA, Drama

An ALS-diagnosed artist and her husband contend with growing marital problems and diminishing time together over a weekend clinical visit.

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News & Reviews

Film Review: Birdman [Or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance] (Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu, 2014) — The Cinematic Sense

“I don’t exist. I’m not even here.”

via Film Review: Birdman [Or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance] (Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu, 2014) — The Cinematic Sense

‘There’s A Thick Fog Of Denial Over The Family’: Andrea Riseborough On Amazon Prime’s ‘ZeroZeroZero’ — CBS Los Angeles

Riseborough discusses her new show about the cocaine industry, being in Birdman, and working with Steve Buscemi

via ‘There’s A Thick Fog Of Denial Over The Family’: Andrea Riseborough On Amazon Prime’s ‘ZeroZeroZero’ — CBS Los Angeles

Salma Hayek, top Mexican filmmakers pitch in to aid industry workers — Social News XYZ

Los Angeles, June 12 (SocialNews.XYZ) Actress Salma Hayek along with Oscar-winning Mexican directors Guillermo del Toro, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and Alfonso Cuaron, have joined hands with industry colleagues to set up a fund to support Mexican industry workers who lost their jobs amid the coronavirus pandemic. The audiovisual emergency fund is called Sifonoforo, reports variety.com. […]

via Salma Hayek, top Mexican filmmakers pitch in to aid industry workers — Social News XYZ

Biutiful (2010) — Bobby Carroll’s Movie Diary

Alejandro González Iñárritu directs Javier Bardem, Maricel Álvarez and Taishen Cheng in the awards bait, tragedy porn where a despicable exploiter of immigrants in Barcelona deals with his terminal cancer, police bribes, his father corpse, his bi-polar ex and his angelic but bratty kids. Misery Guts The Movie… showcasing a committed lead performance by Bardem […]

via Biutiful (2010) — Bobby Carroll’s Movie Diary

We Miss You, Cannes: 23 Filmmakers Relive Indelible Moments — Site Title

By BY MANOHLA DARGIS AND A.O. SCOTT Alejandro González Iñárritu, Clint Eastwood and other auteurs share memories from the film festival, like the rapturous boos and the police chief in love with movies. Published: May 13, 2020 at 11:44PM from NYT Movies https://ift.tt/3dEF5Nh

via We Miss You, Cannes: 23 Filmmakers Relive Indelible Moments — Site Title

Alejandro González Iñárritu is restoring ‘Amores Perros’ for its 20th Anniversary — LIVING LIFE FEARLESS

Two-time Oscar-winning director Alejandro Iñárritu announced he is restoring the first film of his “death trilogy”, ‘Amores Perros’,” and will be screening it at the Morelia Film Festival.

via Alejandro González Iñárritu is restoring ‘Amores Perros’ for its 20th Anniversary — LIVING LIFE FEARLESS

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu Leads Initiative For Mexican Filmmakers To Help Industry Workers — Deadline

A number of leading Mexican producers have banded together to raise financial and medical support for “the most vulnerable” members of the nation’s film and television industry. During a remotely staged audiovisual presentation at which all the participants chimed in from separate locations, the six prominent figures — Alfonso Cuaron, Guillermo del Toro, Salma Hayek […]

via Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu Leads Initiative For Mexican Filmmakers To Help Industry Workers — Deadline