Film director Albert Xavier recounts how his artistic background prepared him for filmmaking and the development of his latest release, Hermafrodita, which is the first Dominican film to be screened at the Cannes Film Festival.
Albert Xavier is a prodigy of New York City with the additional benefit of being raised in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Fused with a sense of diversity and culture, Albert has used his talent in an eclectic mix of artistic expression. Albert Xavier earned his first credits as a television producer with "Fashion Emergency" for E! Entertainment Television and "GalaScene" for Univision Networks in the US and the Caribbean. Albert was also added to the directorial roster of Latin episodic series hit, Resurrection Blvd. (2000) for Showtime Networks.
He produced and directed "Red Passport," which screened at film festivals in more than 45 countries, including Italy, Cuba, Belgium, Canada, Colombia, Poland, France, Dominican Republic, Japan, Argentina, Central America and the US. The Dominican feature won the Audience Award at the LaCinemaFe Film Festival at Lincoln Center in New York, and a Special Mention Best Director Award at the Cambridge International Film Festival. Albert has also been awarded the Best Short Film Award for "A Different Man" at The International Film Festival of Belize.
Adding to his success, he has produced and directed a series of short films in 35mm/S16mm film. His short films have been picked up for television broadcast on BET and Bravo networks. In the Latin music recording market, Xavier directed Latin music videos for various artists like: La India, Frankie Negron, King Chango, Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, Fulanito, Amarfis, Oro Solido and others. His work was honored with The Latin Billboard 2006 awards for “Best Tropical Airplay” for the music video "Lamento Boliviano” performed by merenguero recording artist Amarfis.
The future holds potential for upcoming projects such as the release of the long awaited 35mm short Dominatrix short film, “Closure” starring Michelle Mendez (All My Children, Wake of the Fallen Sun) and Tara Stiles (Enchanted) at film festivals in the fall of 2007. Xavier is in development with screenwriter Sheila Grullon on his second independent feature, “Maria”, a psycho-drama foreign film slated for production this November of 2007 in the Dominican Republic. (Via AlbertXavier.com)