iTalk movies is a long-form interview series featuring leading members of the film community. In this episode, our host Jeff Graham interviews Jorge Valdes-Iga in studio about I Was There on the Popcorn Talk Network.
Jorge Valdés-Iga is a Mexican-American writer, producer, director and cinematographer. He started directing theatre and short films in college and was hired by a Japanese production company to direct the thriller Hotel Chelsea (2010) a few years after he graduated. He also served as a hired-gun co-director and cinematographer in horror/comedy You Can’t Kill Stephen King (2012). His third directorial work, I Was There (2013), is a drama a bout a New York firefighter dealing with survival guilt after the 9/11 attacks. The script was written by Jorge Valdés-Iga, James A. Lee and Sinead Daly.
Jorge is in the final stages of development for La Guadalupana, an epic Action/Drama staring Sebastian Zurita and Paulina Gaitan, which will shoot on Fall, 2013.
Jorge Valdés-Iga was born in La Havana, Cuba, and grew up in different countries being the son of Mexican diplomats. He graduated Cum Laude from University of Miami with a double major in Motion Pictures and Fine Arts, and an unfinished minor in Music. He also studied acting under acting Guru Susan Batson in New York.
His short film Milia was featured in American Cinematographer Magazine (April, 2008). As a Cinematographer, his best known feature films are Cocaine Cowboys II, and ESPN’s The U.
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