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Mexican director Roberto Escamilla is hot on the radar with his new film "Changes"
George Lucas is noted to have said "[a] director makes 100 decisions an hour. Students ask me how you know how to make the right decision, and I say to them, 'If you don't know how to make the right decision, you're not a director."

The decisions which Roberto Escamilla has had to make as a director number in the thousands, and the confidence with which he has made them in high-pressured environments, filled with fellow A-list talent, all but confirm his intrinsic talent as a visionary filmmaker.

The past three years mark a significant turning point in an extraordinary career of a storyteller whose gifts capture the unique culture of his homeland, but resonate globally. It is no surprise that the next year is expected to be filled with exciting projects and high-profile jobs that will rely on Escamilla's unique aptitude at being able to, as he describes it, "move something…inside" of his audiences. All in all, Escamilla is having something of a moment.

He admits, "I really feel grateful that I'm able to tell stories to the people. I love that with my profession I can reach people's hearts by telling my stories. We get to live from art, not every profession allows this."

It's clear that Escamilla's charm and positivity is cause for his astonishing success. But of course, his work ethic and outstanding ability to orchestrate large-scale productions involving an authentic story, movie stars and big budgets hasn't hurt either. Escamilla has had the phenomenal opportunity at working on telenovelas produced by Televisa, the biggest broadcasting company in Latin America. Some of the productions that required his exceptional talents included "The One Who Couldn't Love" aka La Que No Podia Amar" starring Sussana Gonzalez from "The Candidate," as well as "Crown of Tears" aka Corona De Lagrima" with Africa Zavala from "Abyss of Passion."

Escamilla's work experience further extends to projects with a more American flavour. He worked with Fernando Colunga from "Love Rules" on "Passion & Power" aka "Pasión y Poder," and with Joshua Berduo (from the huge Netflix film, "XOXO" starring "Modern Family's" Sarah Hyland) on the TV series "Garage Daze."

Most recently, he directed actor Chaz Kao from the FOX hit "Lucifer" in "Changes," a coming-of-age story that Escamilla also wrote and will soon screen at the Mexican consulate in Los Angeles on May 25th in a showcase of successful Mexican directors. That project additionally starred Danny Parker-Lopes, the distinctive character actor known for his work alongside Tom Cruise in "Minority Report" and for playing Rivera in "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles." Escamilla's description of why he made the film, which tells a story of a young man dealing with pressure from his friends to lose his virginity, is proof of his empathy and sensitive treatment of material that explores what it means to be human. He explains that he "wanted to show a film that reflects…the peer pressure about becoming a man…and at the same time I wanted to deliver a message about diversity and acceptance."

That all being said about Escamilla's role as an artist, he has also recently shown a striking aptitude for projects of significant moneymaking value. Notably, the accomplished filmmaker worked on an international Dodge commercial where he had the privilege of directing Danny Trejo, star of "Machete," "From Dusk Til Dawn,"and the Al Pacino and Robert De Niro classic "Heat," (or should we say, Danny Trejo had the privilege of working with Escamilla). In the ad, for which Robert was the second unit director, Danny Trejo takes a regular guy in a desert car chase away from cowboys on horseback. Filming, which took place on location in Durango, required a huge cast and crew, and many detailed stunts. The spot has been critical to drawing the attention of car buyers all over the world, and has been instrumental in maintaining the high-sales figures for the Dodge Challenger in the United States and other countries. Escamilla's crucial part in the final presentation of the campaign is proof of his ability to garner audience attention in a unique way.

Overall, Escamilla's critical involvement with helping to guide the presentation of hugely successful television productions, with such high-profile acting talent, is a worthy hallmark of Escamilla's journey as a filmmaker who is making decisions like George Lucas, telling universal stories like Steven Spielberg, and creating visionary ad-campaigns like Michael Bay and Baz Luhrmann. He's definitely one Mexican director to keep your eyes out for!

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