Marco Santiago, Director
An Award wining filmmaker since 2003, Marco is a two-time fellow of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) Writers Lab in 2006 and 2007 for his feature film projects “86″ and “How to Cope with Suburban Stress”. He is a two-time fellow of the NALIP Producers Academy in 2006 as a producing fellow, and then again in 2007 as a directing fellow, where he shot several scenes from his “86″ screenplay in preparation for feature film production. He is also a two-time finalist for consideration to the Sundance Writers Lab in 2007 for his “86″ feature film project and then again in 2008 for his adaptation of the novel “How to Cope with Suburban Stress”, a suburban satire by David Gallef which was featured in a Kirkus Reviews article in the August 2006 edition of the Hollywood Reporter.
Previous to “Xtraction”, Marco wrote, directed and produced “Fallen Hero”, an award wining film currently making the festival rounds. It made its World Premier as an official selection at the 2010 Phoenix Film Festival. It was also an official selection to the prestigious 14th Annual LA Shorts Fest for 2010. He’s been featured in publications such as Indie Slate Magazine and Latino Perspective.
Marco studied screenwriting at UCLA’s professional writers program under Harrison Writer (creative executive of Academy Award wining movies MY LEFT FOOT and CINEMA PARADISO). He holds a B.A. in Business from Western International University and is a member of Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society in Business Administration. His military experience was in the 90’s as a crew on KC-135 Tankers for the 161st Air refueling Group in the Arizona Air National Guard.