Automata
Automata

Synopsis

Fast forward fifty years into the future, planet earth is in the midst of gradual desertification. Mankind struggles to survive as the environment deteriorates and the slow regression of the human race begins in AUTÓMATA. On the brink of life and the reality of death, technology combats the prevailing uncertainty and fear with the creation of the first quantum android, the Automata Pilgrim 7000. Designed to bring support to society's plight, man and robot reveal what it means to co-exist in a culture defined by human nature.

The descent of civilization is juxtaposed by the rise of ROC, the corporation at the helm of robotic intelligence. Despite the demise of humanity, the company has set forth security protocols to ensure mankind always maintains control over the manufactured population. As ROC insurance agent, Jacq Vaucan (Antonio Banderas) routinely investigates cases and complaints surrounding defective androids, he begins to uncover the secrets behind who is really manipulating the Automata Pilgrim 7000. Jacq's own suspicions propel the mystery— uncovering a truth that is far more complex than the make or model of any machine.

Writer/Director Gabe Ibáñez was driven to tell a story that blurs the lines between science fiction and reality. Ibáñez gives audiences a compelling look into the theory of evolution and what life might be like for mankind in the not too distant future. With powerful performances from a cast including Antonio Banderas, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, Melanie Griffith, Dylan McDermott and Robert Forster, AUTÓMATA is a sci-fi film noir that explores the potential dangers and complexities when mind and machine merge.

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Cast/Crew

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Antonio Banderas (Jacq Vaucan)

Since his introduction to American cinema in the highly acclaimed Mambo Kings, Antonio Banderas is irrefutably one of the leading international actors of his generation. He has received critical praise for his performances in film, television and theater, as well as behind the scenes as a feature film director. In 2005, he was honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

His second directorial feature is the Spanish film El Camino De Los Ingleses (titled Summer Rain in the U.S.). A coming of age story, the film follows the first loves, lusts and obsessions of friends on vacation at the end of the 1970s. He made his directorial debut with Crazy in Alabama starring his wife Melanie Griffith.

In 2003, Banderas earned a Tony® nomination for Best Actor in a Musical for his Broadway debut in the Roundabout Theater Company production of NINE, a musical inspired by Fellini's 8 ½. He also received a Best Actor Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Drama League Award and Theatre World Award. NINE, directed by David Leveaux, also starred Chita Rivera.

Banderas has worked with some of Hollywood's best directors and leading actors including Robert Rodriquez's Desperado opposite Salma Hayek and the sequel Once Upon a Time in Mexico opposite Johnny Depp; Original Sin opposite Angelina Jolie; Alan Parker's Evita opposite Madonna, in which he received his first Best Actor Golden Globe nomination; Martin Campbell's The Mask of Zorro opposite Catherine Zeta-Jones, in which he received his second Best Actor Golden Globe nomination, and the sequel The Legend of Zorro; Neil Jordan's Interview with a Vampire with Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt; Jonathan Demme's Philadelphia opposite Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington; Bille August's House of the Spirits with Meryl Streep and Glenn Close; and Brian de Palma's Femme Fatale. He was nominated for his third Best Actor Golden Globe for his performance as the infamous Pancho Villa in HBO's 2003 release of And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself.

Born in Malaga, Spain, Banderas attended the School of Dramatic Arts in his hometown, and upon graduation he began his acting career working in a small theater company based there. He later moved to Madrid and became an ensemble member of the prestigious National Theater of Spain.

In 1982, Banderas was cast by writer/director Pedro Almodovar in Labyrinth of Passion. It was the first of nine films Banderas would do with Almodovar, the others being Matador, Law of Desire, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown and Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! The international success of these films introduced to him to Hollywood. Banderas can also be seen in La Piel Que Habito (The Skin I Live In) and I'm So Excited, also written and directed by Almodovar. Next year Banderas will be teaming up with Almodovar to shoot 33 Dias.

Other film credits include: Justin and the Knights of Valour, Ruby Sparks, Haywire, Black Gold, Day of the Falcon, Puss In Boots, You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger, The Big Bang, The Other Man, Shrek 2 and Shrek the Third, Shrek Forever After Take the Lead, Spy Kids trilogy, Miami Rhapsody, Four Rooms, Assassins, Never Talk to Strangers, Two Much, The 13th Warrior, Play it to the Bone and Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever.

Banderas can most recently be seen in Machete Kills, directed by Robert Rodriguez starring alongside Mel Gibson, Amber Heard, and Jessica Alba. Banderas signed on to play Jacq Vaucan in Gabe Ibanez Sci-Fi Thriller AUTÓMATA alongside Dylan McDermott and Melanie Griffith. Antonio is currently filming Patrick Hughes, third installment The Expendables 3 scheduled to release in next year.

Birgitte Hjort Sørensen (Rachel Vaucan)

Birgitte Sorensen is one of Denmark's leading actresses, who has gained an international following and acclaim for her starring role in Borgen, the award winning Danish political thriller. Borgen was a surprise BBC4 hit last year which received huge critical acclaim in the UK and has recently begun airing in the U.S. on KCET (Jason Katims is currently developing the American version).

She trained at the Danish National School of Theatre and has worked extensively in film and television in her native Denmark. In 2007 she played the role of Roxie Hart in Chicago at the Det Ny Theatre in Copenhagen and subsequently played the role at the Cambridge Theatre London.

Melanie Griffith (Dupre)

Melanie Griffith received an Academy Award® nomination, a BAFTA nomination and won a Golden Globe® Award for her memorable role as Tess McGill in Mike Nichol's smash hit Working Girl. In 2003, she made her Broadway musical debut in Chicago as the fame-hungry Roxy Hart, impressing critics and audiences alike.

Griffith's performance opposite Liev Schreiber, John Malkovich and James Cromwell in the HBO movie RKO 281 earned her both an Emmy® and Golden Globe® nomination. She received rave reviews for her performances in the following films - Crazy in Alabama, directed by her husband Antonio Banderas, in Larry Clark's Another Day in Paradise, and in Woody Allen's Celebrity, opposite Kenneth Branagh. She also provided the voice of 'Margalo' in Sony's family hit, Stuart Little 2.

Griffith has collaborated with some of the film industry's most important directors. Her career began at age sixteen in Arthur Penn's Night Moves. She then appeared in the murder mystery The Drowning Pool starring Paul Newman; gained attention as a starlet who holds the missing piece to the murder puzzle in Brian de Palma's Body Double; and then co-starred in Jonathan Demme's off-beat comedy-drama Something Wild. She received Golden Globe® Nominations for her roles in both Body Double and Something Wild.

She went on to star in Mike Figgis' stylish film noir Stormy Monday with Tommy Lee Jones and Sting; Robert Redford's The Milagro Beanfield War; and John Schlesinger's psychological thriller Pacific Heights opposite Michael Keaton and Mattew Modine. Reteaming with director Brian de Palma, she starred with Tom Hanks and Bruce Willis in Bonfire of the Vanities, before joining Michael Douglas and Liam Neeson in the espionage romance Shining Through.

After starring in Paradise with Don Johnson, Griffith followed with Sidney Lumet's police drama A Stranger Among Us; a remake of Garson Kanin's Born Yesterday; and Robert Benton's Nobody's Fool opposite Paul Newman. Her other film credits include Richard Benjamin's charming comedy Milk Money opposite Ed Harris; a cameo role in Now and Then; Fernando Trueba's Two Much, starring Antonio Banderas and Daryl Hannah; Lee Tamahori's Mulholland Falls with Nick Nolte; and Adrian Lyne's controversial film Lolita.

Her other credits include John Waters' Cecil B. Demented, the crime thriller Tempo, and Shade opposite Sylvester Stallone and Gabriel Byrne. Her most recent work was as Betsy in Suri Krishnamma's Dark Tourist. She can next be seen in the Sci Fi thriller AUTÓMATA directed by Gabe Ibáñez.

On television, Griffith starred in the comedy Twins, opposite Sara Gilbert. She also starred in the mini-series Buffalo Girls, which earned her a Golden Globe® Nomination; and starred with James Woods in the HBO film Women & Men: Hills Like White Elephants. She also appeared in the casino drama Viva Laughlin. She can last be seen guest starring on the TV comedy series Raising Hope and in USA network's TV movie: Call Me Crazy.

In 2001, Griffith was honored with a Special Festival Award for her body of work at the Cannes Film Festival.

Dylan Mcdermott (Wallace)

A Golden Globe® winner and Emmy® nominee, Dylan McDermott has proved his talent in film, television and theater.

Most recently, it was announced that McDermott will be starring opposite Milla Jovovich in Survivor, from producers Charles and Irwin Winkler, alongside Emma Thompson, Pierce Brosnan, and Angela Bassett. The film follows a State Department employee who goes on the run after being forced to let a potential terrorist into the U.S.

McDermott can currently be seen in Jerry Bruckheimer's Hostages on CBS. He stars opposite Toni Collette as Duncan Carlisle, a rogue FBI Agent who takes a surgeon's family hostage and orders her to assassinate the president during surgery.

Earlier this year, McDermott appeared in Antoine Fuqua's Olympus Has Fallen alongside Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman, and Aaron Eckhart. The film follows a former Secret Service agent who becomes America's only hope when the President is taken hostage by terrorists.

Upcoming, McDermott will be seen on the big screen in Mercy from Paranormal Activity producer Jason Blum.

In 2012, McDermott appeared in the critically acclaimed indie drama The Perks of Being a Wallflower alongside Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Paul Rudd, and Ezra Miller. He was also seen in Jay Roach's comedy The Campaign opposite Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis.

On the small screen, McDermott was recently seen in seasons one and two of Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk's FX drama American Horror Story alongside Jessica Lange, Connie Britton, and Zachary Quinto. He played both a psychiatrist and a serial killer.

Additional film credits include In the Line of Fire, Wonderland, Home for the Holidays directed by Jodi Foster, Steel Magnolias, Miracle on 34TH Street, and Hamburger Hill.

McDermott's other television credits include the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced TNT drama Dark Blue, TNT's dramatic limited series The Grid opposite Julianna Margulies, and David E. Kelley's Emmy Award-winning series The Practice, which earned him an Emmy nomination, two Golden Globe nominations, and a Golden Globe award.

In 2008, McDermott starred in Nicky Silver's Three Changes at Playwrights Horizons. Additionally, in September 2006, McDermott was on stage in Eve Ensler's The Treatment for which he was nominated for a Drama League Award. He was also seen in Neil Simon's Biloxi Blues and Golden Boy, directed by Joanne Woodward at the Williamstown Theatre Festival.

Robert Forster (Robert Bold)

Academy Award® Nominee Robert Forster is known for his outstanding work in films and television. Robert's Oscar-nominated role of ‘Max Cherry' in Quentin Tarantino's Jackie Brown marked the beginning of what he calls the ‘third act' of his career--now spanning over five decades.

Recently, Robert has appeared in the film Olympus Has Fallen and has guest starred in Vince Gilligan's Breaking Bad. Other recent projects include JJ Abrams' television show Alcatraz for the Fox Network—and Alexander Payne's The Descendants opposite George Clooney.

Robert has appeared in over 100 films. The old ones, starting in 1966, include Reflections In A Golden Eye, Medium Cool, The Stalking Moon, Alligator, Vigilante (the Blu-Ray release of which earned him the moniker "Grindhouse Giant"), The Black Hole and Stunts, and the TV series Banyon.

Then for 13 years he played villains—starting with Delta Force (1985), ending with one of his all-time favorites, American Perfekt (1997).

Since Jackie Brown (1997) his film include Middle Men; Ghosts of Girlfriends Past; Thick As Thieves; Like Mile; Me, Myself & Irene; Firewall; Lakeboat; and Diamond Men; and TV series Heroes; Huff!; Karen Sisco and Fastlane.

In addition to his work in film, television, and theater, Robert records audio books, including the best seller Hit Man and Elmore Leonard's Mr. Paradise, and delivers his speaking program, Interacting, to a variety of groups—from acting classes to graduating classes; baggage handlers to CEOs; and once (he's pleased to report) to a group of white-collar criminals in a detention facility. He developed this program during the self-termed "sliding second act" of his career. Interacting is like a stand-up act with a "menu" of positive stories instead of jokes… and a few jokes too. The stories are the lessons of his life and outline several guiding principles—respect, responsibility, parenting (even without children), excellence, and raising any job to the level of an art form.

About the Filmmakers

GABE IBÁÑEZ (DIRECTOR)

Gabe Ibáñez was born in Madrid in 1971 where he obtained an Audiovisual Media degree graduated from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. While in college, he founded Extipo, a pioneer association focused on the study and development of computer-generated image.

In 1992, he joined the field of digital post-production, starting his professional career as 3D artist and quickly became a leading visual effects supervisor in film and advertising. He created a name for himself working primarily in the post-production field, quickly to moving on to become a film and commercials director.

Since 2000, Gabe has shot a wide range of commercials in all territories for prominent clients, always displaying a powerful cinematic visual style that works brilliantly across a range of genres. His knowledge of post-production techniques and his hunger to keep evolving made him a much sought out director in a very short range of time. As a result, he has been awarded numerous industry accolades.

In 2001 he went on to found his own post-production, graphic and conceptual design studio UserT38 to develop and execute the post-production work, both for his own projects and for directors such as Guillermo del Toro, Alejandro Amenábar, Jim Jarmusch or Steven Soderbergh, among others.

His film directing career began with the highly acclaimed short film Máquina, a multi award-winning short film that received the top award at forty international film festivals and won the Clemont-Ferrand Festival Special Jury Prize in 2007.

His feature film directorial debut came in 2008 with the psychological thriller Hierro, starring Elena Anaya and premiered at the Semaine of the Critique at the Cannes Film Festival in 2009. Hierro is a visually stunning film that created a dark and edgy atmosphere that he can call his own. Elena Anaya's performance earned the Best Actress Award at the Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival, among others.

Gabe's work reflects an accomplished filmmaker with an authentic style and the ability to capture visually striking and atmospheric imagery. His distinctive approach in visual storytelling has resulted in highly original works for film and advertising. His signature is a mix of technical craftsmanship, stunning imagery and dramatic precision.

LES WELDON (PRODUCER)

Les Weldon is a writer/producer whose diverse portfolio includes action films, thrillers, comedies, sci-fi, fantasy, and family movies.

His writing and producing credits include more than 40 films starring such actors as Robert DeNiro, John Travolta, Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenneger, Bruce Willis, Jason Statham, Chuck Norris, Sir Ben Kingsley, Morgan Freeman, John Cusack, Antonio Banderas, Dolph Lundgren, Jean-Claude Van Damme and Jet Li among others.

Born and raised in Brazil, Les came to America when he was fifteen and graduated from Laguna Beach High School in Southern California. Les attended the University of Southern California where he majored in Business Administration, with electives in Film.

Les Weldon has recently produced multiple titles including the $100 million box-office hit, The Expendables with Stallone, Statham, Jet Li and Mickey Rourke as well as the hit sequel The Expendables 2. His other credits include Conan, the Barbarian, The Code starring Morgan Freeman and Antonio Banderas; and War, Inc. with John Cusack, Sir Ben Kingsley, Marisa Tomei and Hillary Duff.

Les recently wrapped production on AUTÓMATA starring Antonio Banderas and Hercules 3-D. Next up is the third installment of Expendables shooting in August 2013.

DANNY LERNER (PRODUCER)

Danny Lerner is a prolific director/producer whose career spans over two decades and includes more than 100 films. Danny has produced and directed films in more than 11 countries around the world, including South Africa, Israel, Hungary, Bulgaria, and Israel, working with such notable actors as Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenneger, Morgan Freeman, Gerard Butler, Antonio Banderas, John Cusack, Sir Ben Kingsley, Marisa Tomei, and Aaron Eckhart, among others.

Born and raised in Israel, Danny began his career managing cinema chains before moving into production when he joined Nu World Productions in 1986. He worked as an associate producer, production supervisor, and unit production manager before moving on to producing films.

In 1999, after producing more than 70 films, Danny directed his first feature, Traitor's Heart, for Nu Image. In 2003, Danny formed Tosca Pictures with longtime friend Les Weldon, directing the action-thriller, Target of Opportunity. Over the next couple of years, Danny directed several more features including Finding Rin Tin Tin, Cool Dog, and Direct Contact.

Danny has continued his prolific producer career recently producing multiple titles including the box-office hit Olympus Has Fallen and the $300 million world-wide grossing The Expendables 2 with Stallone, Willis, Schwarzenneger, Statham, and Jet Li.

Danny recently wrapped production on AUTÓMATA starring Antonio Banderas and Hercules 3-D directed by Renny Harlin. Next up for Danny is the third installment of Expendables shooting in August 2013.

SANDRA HERMIDA (PRODUCER)

Sandra Hermida was born in Madrid in 1972. She studied Cinema at the University—starting with movie business production where she managed short and independent films. From 2000 until now, Hermida's body of work has combined Executive Production, Line Producing as well as UPM jobs. Hermida was honored by the Spanish cinema's Goya Awards as Best Line Producer for her work in J.A. Bayona's The Orphanage (2008) and The Impossible (2013), for which she recently won the VES Award for Best VFX. In 2010, she also received a Goya Award as Best Documentary Producer for Garbo and The Man Who Saved the World.

Other films Hermida has worked on include Biutiful (2010) directed by Alejandro Gonzalez

Iñarritu, Claudia Llosa's Cry Fly starring Jennifer Connelly, Cillian Murphy and Melanie Laurent which is currently in post-production and the sci-fi noir thriller AUTÓMATA, directed by Gabe Ibánez.

AVI LERNER (Executive Producer)

AVI LERNER (Executive Producer) is the Chairman and founder of Nu Image, Inc., Millennium Films and all related companies. With more than 350 films to his credit, he is one of the most experienced, prolific and successful independent producers of our time.

Born and raised in Haifa, Israel, Lerner began as manager of Israel's first drive-in cinema. In 1979, Lerner anticipated the explosion of home video rental, which led to his pioneering the largest specialized video distribution company in Israel, and becoming a partner in the country's largest theatrical distribution company.

In 1984, he executive produced the remake of King Solomon's Mines. He then sold his Israeli company and relocated to Johannesburg, South Africa, where he founded the Nu Metro Entertainment Group. The company's interests grew to include owned and operated theaters; a video distribution division representing top studios and independent companies; and a production arm that made over 60 features distributed worldwide by major studios. Lerner eventually sold Nu Metro to join MGM/United Artists.

In 1992, he moved to Los Angeles and opened Nu Image, Inc., focusing on production and distribution for the home entertainment market. In 1996, he launched Millennium Films, which produces theatrical motion pictures.

Under the Millennium Films label, Lerner has produced such films as Expendables 1 & 2, Rambo IV, Righteous Kill, Brooklyn's Finest, The Mechanic and the 2013 box-office hit, Olympus Has Fallen starring Gerard Butler.

The company's forthcoming pictures include Before I Go to Sleep, starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman, and Eliza Graves with Kate Beckinsale, Jim Sturgess, Ben Kingsley and Michael Caine. The Expendables 3 opening in August 2014, stars Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Terry Crews and Arnold Schwarzenegger returning to their roles in the first two films. Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas, Mel Gibson and Harrison Ford join the all-star cast along with Kellan Lutz, MMA star Ronda Rousey, welterweight boxing champion Victor Ortiz and Glen Powell.

TREVOR SHORT (Executive Producer)

TREVOR SHORT (Executive Producer) oversees legal, finance and administrative operations for Nu Image, Inc., Millennium Films and all related companies.

Born in Harare, Zimbabwe, Short obtained a Bachelor of Law from the University of Rhodesia and an MBA at the University of Cape Town where he was awarded the Gold Medal. In 1980, Short entered the world of banking and commerce, joining Standard Chartered Merchant Bank in Harare as head of Corporate Finance, responsible for takeovers, mergers and IPO's. He then moved to Hill Samuel Merchant Bank in Johannesburg in 1984 as head of its Corporate Finance Division and subsequently to Investec Bank where he was responsible for eight IPOs on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, as well as numerous mergers and acquisitions

Short's finance background led him to develop a tax based financing formula to produce motion pictures in South Africa. He succeeded in procuring over $200 million from private investors to fund the production of international films made in South Africa. Much of the financing he secured was for films produced by Avi Lerner's Nu Metro group for international film companies. He also became a consultant to the Government of South Africa regarding film incentive legislation.

In 1989, Short left the banking sector to join Lerner as a shareholder in and Chief Executive of Nu Metro Entertainment Group in Johannesburg. He continued to arrange financing for Nu Metro's film production and was directly involved in its expanding its theater chain. In 1991, Lerner and Short used proceeds from the sale of Nu Metro Entertainment Group to start a new studio in California. Nu Image, Inc. opened its doors in Los Angeles in 1992.

Short's expertise; in finance, law, investments, tax legislation, subsidies, international and domestic banking has been applied to the many foreign co-productions undertaken by the Nu Image group over the years. This includes the development of Nu Boyana Studios in Bulgaria and Millennium Studios in Louisiana, both of which are full service production facilities available to the film industry and often used by Millennium Films.

Short has served as producer or executive producer on nearly all Nu Image and Millennium Films productions since the beginning.

The Upcoming releases for Short and the independent studio include: Before I Go to Sleep starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman; Eliza Graves with Kate Beckinsale, Jim Sturgess, Ben Kingsley and Michael Caine; and The Expendables 3 opening in August 2014, stars Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Terry Crews and Arnold Schwarzenegger returning to their roles in the first two films. Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas, Mel Gibson and Harrison Ford join the all-star cast along with Kellan Lutz, MMA star Ronda Rousey, welterweight boxing champion Victor Ortiz and Glen Powell.

EMANUEL NUNEZ (Executive Producer)

EMANUEL NUNEZ (Executive Producer) is the founder and CEO of NuCo Media Group an advisory and talent management firm. Previously, Nunez was an agent in the Motion Picture department of Creative Artists Agency (CAA), a talent and literary agency based in Los Angeles, with offices in New York, Nashville, London, and Beijing. Nunez works in the Los Angeles office with clients such as Antonio Banderas, Warren Beatty, Sandra Bullock, Nicolas Cage, Jim Carrey, Tom Cruise, Robert DeNiro, Penelope Cruz, Emilio and Gloria Estefan, Brian Grazer, Tom Hanks, Ron Howard, Nicole Kidman, Tobey Maguire, Michael Mann, Brett Ratner, Robert Redford, Julia Roberts, M. Night Shyamalan, Steven Spielberg, Will Smith, and Vince Vaughn. At CAA, Nunez is involved in the representation of actors, directors, production companies and film financiers. His department has expanded the role of the traditional talent agent by representing the financing and distribution arrangements of more than 160 films over the past 16 years.

Nunez also focuses on exploring financial opportunities for CAA clients in emerging markets, ranging from the US Hispanic market to India, the Middle East, and Russia. He is responsible for originating and strategically guiding some of the most cutting-edge financing deals in the industry, and is recognized as a pioneer in structuring deals for India-based production entities to invest in the U.S. film industry. In 2008, Nunez engineered the $ 1.5 billion acquisition of DreamWorks Studio by India's Reliance ADA Group.

Nunez continues to participate in transactions ranging from traditional talent employment and production arrangements, to the territorial sales of motion picture distribution rights worldwide, as well as the structuring of many international co-productions.

With over 25 years in the Entertainment industry, Nunez joined CAA in 1991. He was previously at ICM, and prior to this was an attorney for an entertainment law firm in Los Angeles.

In June 2008 Nunez joined the Board of Directors for Westwood One, Inc. He also serves on Westwood One's Audit Committee and Compensation Committee.

In December 2003, Nunez was named a commissioner for the Latin Media & Entertainment Commission, an organization that advises the Mayor of New York City on business development and retention strategies for the Latin media and entertainment industry.

Born in Cuba, Nunez resides in Los Angeles and is the father of two boys.

BOAZ DAVIDSON (Executive Producer)

BOAZ DAVIDSON (Executive Producer) is the Head of Development and Creative Affairs for Millennium Films. He has been with the firm and its parent company, Nu Image, Inc., since 1992. However, he is equally well known as the writer-director of the critically acclaimed worldwide hit film Lemon Popsicle, which debuted at the Berlin Film Festival, receiving its Panorama Audience Award and spawning more than a dozen sequels.

Davidson was born in Tel Aviv, Israel, graduated from London Film School, and moved to the United States in 1979. He joined Cannon Films, where he oversaw production on such films as: Going Bananas, Delta Force, American Cyborg, Salsa; and most notably an American version of Lemon Popsicle titled The Last American Virgin. Today both Israeli and American versions are considered cult classics.

In 1992, Davidson joined Nu Image, Inc. co-founders and played an integral role forming the new independent studio. He continued to write, direct, and produce such films as Looking for Lola, Shadrach, and The Big Brass Ring. In 1996, Nu Image formed Millennium Films, where Davidson has overseen the development and production of such films as The Expendables 1 and 2, Rambo IV, Righteous Kill, 16 Blocks, The Mechanic, Brooklyn's Finest, The Iceman, The Big Wedding, Playing the Field, and The Paperboy, an official selection of the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.

Next up for Davidson are Millennium Films' features including: Good People starring James Franco and Kate Hudson; The Expendables 3 with returning and new stars Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas, Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford, Kellan Lutz, MMA star Ronda Rousey, welterweight boxing champion Victor Ortiz and Glen Powell; London Has Fallen, the highly anticipated sequel to the worldwide smash hit Olympus Has Fallen; Survivor starring Milla Jovovich, Emma Thompson, Pierce Brosnan and Angela Bassett; and the long awaited remake of Davidson's Lemon Popsicle, an update of The Last American Virgin.

ALEJANDRO MARTINEZ (DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY)

Alejandro Martinez was born in a filmmaker's family in Mexico City in 1973. With a keen interest in photography and cinematic art, Martinez graduated from a photography school in Mexico and attended cinematography courses at University of California, Los Angeles.

Martinez started his career as a director of photography in 1999. His First movie KM31 was the top grossing movie in Mexico's history from 2005 to 2013. His other cinematography credits include Stay Alive, First Born, Blackout, Christmas.inc, Hierro, Memories of My Melancholy Whores and Painless. He was also the cinematographer for numerous commercials include Coca Cola, Gatorade, McDonalds, Ford, Lego, Volkswagen, to name a few.

Martinez currently lives in both Mexico City and Toronto. His most recent production AUTÓMATA, a near-future science fiction thriller directed by Gabe Ibáñez, will be released in 2014.

PATRICK SALVADER (PRODUCTION DESIGNER)

Patrick was raised in his father's photo studio and began to shoot Barcelona business commercials at a very early age. After spending many years working in different departments, he began to work as a production designer on global campaigns, collaborating with directors such as Isabel Coixet and Guy Ritchie. It was on one of these campaigns where he met Gabe Ibañez. Since then he has shot every film Ibañez has directed in locations such as Budapest, Buenos Aires, Kiev, and Sao Paulo.

In 2003 he designed a pilot for a series produced by Carsey-Werner-Mandababach. In 2009 he made his first feature film debut with Gabe Ibáñez Hierro. Since then, he has been more involved in film, shooting at least one project a year including two Spanish #1 box office hits Three Steps Above Heaven and Tengo Ganas de Ti directed by Fernando González Molina. In 2013, after designing Beatriz Sanchis debut film Todos Están Muertos for Avalon Films, he joined Gabe´s first International feature project, AUTÓMATA.

ARMAVENI STOYANOVA (COSTUME AND JEWELRY DESIGNER)

Born in Sofia, Bulgaria in 1981, Armaveni Stoyanova graduated from the National Academy of Arts in Sofia with a degree in Fashion in 2006. She has been working as costume designer in TV-commercials for brands including Segugio.it, Caress, Theraflu, M-tel, Ariana, Vodafone, Proflink, Aroma Green, Coffee-mate Nestle, Vodka Flirt, Cosmofon, Piraeus Bank since 2005 and as a stylist in magazines (AMICA, EGO, MODA, FHM). She was the fashion editor for the men's lifestyle magazine EGO (2007-2008). In addition, she designed costumes for feature films such as: The Color of the Chameleon (2012) by Emil Christov; Faith, Love & Whiskey (2012) by Kristina Nikolova; Moon Lake (2009) by Ivan Stanev and short films like Three Sisters & Andrey (2009) by Boris Despodov & Andrey Paounov; Miente (2008) by Isabel de Ocampo; AB- (2007) by Nikolai Mutafchiev. In 2011 Armaveni started to create handmade jewels from precious metals. Till 2013 she has made four jewelry collections (Forever, Cherry Blossom, Love to love, Playground Love). In the last feature Autómata (2014) by Gabe Ibáñez, some of the actors are wearing her jewels - Birgitte Hjort Sørensen (Rachel) is wearing Armaveni's ring Teardrop, from her collection Love to Love.

In 2013 Armaveni Stoyanova was awarded by the Bulgarian Film Academy as "best costume designer" for The Color of the Chameleon (2012) by Emil Christov.

SERGIO ROZAS (AUDIO VISUAL)

Sergio Rozas was born in 1972 and studied Science of the Audiovisual Image at Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

Rozas started his career as a storyboard artist in movies include Thesis (1995), Open Your Eyes (1997), The Others (2000), The Sea Inside (2003), Alatriste (2005), Goya´s Ghosts (2006), and Intruders (2011) as well as hundreds of commercials and short films.

From 2011 to 2013, Rozas has been teacher of storyboard at Instituto Europeo de Diseño.

Rozas' talent spans over different positions and areas – he has worked as the assistant art director in Open Your Eyes, on-set props in Thesis, Open Your Eyes and Sobreviviré (1999) as well as prop maker, prop designer and manufacturer for over 15 years and in more than 70 movies.

As a designer, Rozas have created key art for movies like Alatriste, Celda 211 (2009), Hierro (2009), Concrete Island (T.B.A.) and also designed graphic art for movies and main and end credits scenes such as Verbo (2011), Intruders, El Mal Ajeno (2010) and Mama (2012).

He was the matte painter for the postproduction of Intruders, Verb, Voiceover (2012), as well as the 3D texture artist, and sound and visual fx editor for animatics and previz in Agora (2009). As an editor he has edited hundreds of animatics, previsualizations, reels, trailers as well as short films. His editing credits include EL Gran Zambini (2005), Hierro (fight scene), Open Windows (2013), Agora, Alatriste, NoDo (2009)...

Rozas directed several "making of" documentaries include Alatriste, Agora, as well as few commercials and short films.

Rozas is the founding partner of the User T38, a leading design studio and post-production facility established in 2001 in Spain, where he has produced several award winning short films include El Soñador (2004), Máquina (2007), El Gran Zambini (2005), Di Me Que Yo (2009).

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