SF One Day Class with Director of Lifetime Films (Sat. Sep 14)
Class size is limited!
What you can expect:
Guest & Class Introductions
Nailing the Co-Star Auditions
Handing out Scenes for Afternoon
One Hour BREAK
Scene work with feedback from Jose and Giovannie
Group Business Discussion & Career Overview
The class will be held near the SFO airport in San Bruno from 11 a.m. -5 p.m.
Adults and approved teens only.
Industry Guest Bio:
Director Jose Montesinos
Jose Montesinos has completed countless short films, as well as eleven feature-length films. His feature"Number 35” (2000) garnered positive recognition from the panels of the Sundance Film Festival, the LA International Film Festival, as well as from acclaimed filmmaker Darren Aronofsky.
Jose’s guerrilla/no-budget feature-length crime drama “Owned”, was an official selection in the 2010 HBO New York International Latino Film Festival, as well as the 2010 San Francisco Latino Film Festival, and was nominated for Outstanding Cast Performance and won 1st runner up for Best Drama Feature at the 2010 Action On Film Festival. “Owned” is now distributed by Maverick Entertainment.
The Asylum studios hired Jose to write, direct, and edit the company’s first martial arts feature film: “Barrio Brawler” (aka “American Brawler”). He has worked on the SyFy original release “Dead 7”, followed by four feature TV films for Lifetime and LMN: “Nightmare Wedding” (2016), “Dreamhouse Nightmare” (2016), “Sinister Minister” (2017), and “Blood Brothers” (2018).
Most recently Jose travelled to Thailand to shoot the ambitious low budget shark film “Frenzy” for Mar Vista studios.
Giovannie Espiritu, Founder of Hollywood Actors Workshop:
Actress and filmmaker Giovannie Espiritu was nominated alongside Academy Award Nominees Alfre Woodard and Amy Irving for Best Supporting Actress at MethodFest for the Mynah Films feature film Fiona’s Script. Her primetime credits include a recurring role on ER (NBC), Bones (FOX), Gilmore Girls (ABC), and Trauma (NBC). She can currently be seen as the lead in the Amazon series, “Dyke Central,” which was featured in After Ellen, BuzzFeed, Bust Magazine and Curve Magazine as a top LGBTQ series to watch. As a filmmaker, she was featured in Elizabeth Banks’ WhoHaHa Media for her parody song, “An Introvert’s World,” and her storytelling has been featured in Ms. Magazine. A two-time Outfest Fusion Filmmaker, her short film, "Ultra-Feminist," was awarded Honorable Mention.
She coaches kids/teens online nationwide through HollywoodActorsWorkshop.com and was just named as one of the top 40 Audition Coaches in Los Angeles by the Hollywood Winners Circle founded by Wendy Alane Wright, a top talent manager. Her students are represented by the top agencies in the Bay Area and Los Angeles and notable student alumni include William Lipton (Daytime Emmy Nominee, Cameron on General Hospital) and the Espina Sisters (Hosts of Dreamworks’ “Life Hacks for Kids on the Road”).
In her spare time, she rock climbs and advocates for Domestic Violence Awareness/Prevention and LGBTQ equality. She has served on the Board of Directors for C.O.R.A. (a Bay Area domestic violence hotline and agency) and been awarded a Certificate of Recognition from the Senate for her community service.