ESTEBAN ARANGO

 

Esteban Arango was born in Bogotá, Colombia. In the year 2000, his widowed mother moved him and his brother to the United States. He was 14 and just about ready to start high school. When he learned the term cultural shock, he thought it was an understatement. It took some time, and a couple of blows, but now he considers himself bi-cultural.

He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Florida International University with a BA in Communications, and later went on to work for Discovery Channel as a Creative Producer. His work has been awarded five very shiny Promax Awards. Two gold, two silver, and one bronze. His first short film, Jamás Dijo Nada (Never Said a Thing), was screened at the Cali International Film Festival in 2010. 

In 2013, he started developing his first feature film, Of Stars and Alligators, along his best homie and long time collaborator, screenwriter, Erick Castrillon.

Esteban recently completed the intensive 2014 Directors Series workshop at the acclaimed National Film and Television School in England under the mentorship of DGA director Brian Gilbert–who's films feature several Oscar nominated performances–in preparation for the upcoming short film Blast Beat.

Esteban likes cooking as a creative exercise - he makes a mean taco! He also enjoys good design, and enjoys the therapeutic benefits of screaming underwater. Recently, he visited his childhood home for the first time since he left Colombia, where he found out the house is haunted by the ghost of his pops - for real!