J. G. Serrano

1961 Madrid, Spain. He graduated from the prestigious School of Film and Television of UCLA University of California, in Los Angeles. He also studied cinematography with John A. Alonzo (Chinatown) and editing with Thomas Stanford (West Side Story).

In 1990 he funded elegantmob, responsible for his first feature film Believe in Eve. He lived fifteen years in United States where he worked as production assistant, loader, camera, editor, sound mixer, photographer, producer and director in film and television. In 1987 produced a documentary about displaced people in war-torn El Salvador with Ellen Kuras (DP) and Kris Kristofferson The Forbidden Land. He produced public service programming for the State of California (Anti smoke campaign for youths, special operation forces of the LAPD with Silver Pictures), collaborated with National Geographic in a documentary about the Inca treasures of Sipan, in entertainment programs for German TV RTL produced in the US, in music formats and soap pilots for Telemundo and Univisión, music videos for the record label EMI (Gloria Estefan, Julio Iglesias, Plácido Domingo, El Puma, Carlos Vives, Ricky Martín, Marta Sánchez, among others.)

Back in Spain in 1996, he started to work as story editor for BRB International in several cartoon series such as David el Gnomo, Supermodels, or Nicolas. Later became Head of TV Development for the newly formed Morena Films, where he coordinated many entertainment programs and documentaries (Portman, Caballé, Looking for Fidel or Arafat directed by Oliver Stone, etc.)

Since 2003, he has developed, produced and directed socially relevant documentaries and TV programming, and count to this date with a catalogue of more than forty hours of programming that has aired on national and international televisions, shown at theaters and selected in numerous festivals around the world: City of Wait (2003), Looking for Hackers (2005), A Sea in Between (2006), The Honor of the Wronged, The Color of a Vote, March 11, When the Word took the Streets (2007), One Hundred Meters Away (2008 IDFA Selection) and Unit 8 (2008).

In 2010 he directed and produced Shipwreck, (world premiered at DOCSDF) «direct cinema» centered on the lives of shipyard workers in Bangladesh, and Accidental Home, a close look at an orphanage in Uganda. The Exodus of the Rohingya People narrated by writer/journalist John Carlin and Copyright, or the Right to Copy are his last productions of 2011.

Dhallywood Stories (2011) was his last feature length documentary film [available on iTunes, Amazon & Vudu on June 15th, 2015].

In 2012 he created and directed the non-fiction series Crimes & Misdemeanors (AKA Artículo 24) for the Pay TV Channel Crime & Investigation (A&E). He just finished a commission for KSMQ Public Media in Minnesota: two films Prison Writers and Great’s Children for their on going series Off 90.

He is now producing Accidental Home, 7 Years Later. a follow up from his previous film, Accidental Home (2009) and Threads, a close up look into the globalized textile industry.

Filmography as a producer & director 

  • 2015 GREAT’s Children. Documentary, Minnesota, USA. 10 min.
  • 2015 Prison Writers. Documentary, Minneapolis & Saint Paul, MN, 12 min.
  • 2014 Accidental Home: Five years later. Documentary. Entebbe, Uganda. 10 min.
  • 2014 Dual Careers. Short Documentary, Spain. 7 min.
  • 2012 Crimes & Misdemeanors (AKA Article 24). Documentary series, Spain. 12×30 min.
  • 2011 Dhallywood Stories. Documentary, Bangladesh. 70 min.
  • 2011 Copyright, or the Right to Copy. Documentary, Spain. 56 min.
  • 2011 The Exodus of the Rohingya. Documentary, Bangladesh. 26 min.
  • 2010 Shipwreck. Documentary, Bangladesh. 56 min.
  • 2010 Accidental Home. Documentary, Uganda. 46 min.
  • 2009 Life on Wheels. Documentary, Spain, Holland. 46 min.
  • 2008 Unit 8. Documentary, Spain. 56 min.
  • 2008 One Hundred Meters Away. Documentary, Morocco, Spain. 66 min.
  • 2007 March 11th, When the Word took the Streets. Documentary, Spain. 52 min.
  • 2007 The Color of a Vote. Documentary, Spain. 52 min.
  • 2006 Off Side. TV Program, Germany. 14×30 min.
  • 2006 A Sea in Between. Documentary, Spain. 52 min.
  • 2005 Looking for Hackers. Documentary, Spain. 52 min.
  • 2003 City of Wait. Documentary, Morocco. 56 min.
  • 1991 Believe in Eve. Feature film, Los Angeles. 87 min.
  • 1989 An Unhappy Ending.  Art film, Los Angeles. 11 min.
  • 1987 The Forbidden Land. Documentary, El Salvador. 30 min.
  • 1987 Asesinato. Art film, Los Angeles. 02 min.
  • 1988 Blue Woman. Art film, Los Angeles. 03 min.
  • 1989 A Love Song? Short documentary, Los Angeles. 05 min.
  • 1989 So What Do We Do? Experimental short, Los Angeles. 10 min.

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