|Full Name Angel Gracia|
Movies From Prada to Nada
Role Film director
|Name Angel Gracia|
Website Angel Gracia
|Occupation film director, producer, screenwriter, editor,|
Notable work From Prada to Nada, The Three Cornered Hat
Similar People Luis Alfaro, Adriana Barraza, Alexa Vega, Gary Gilbert, Fina Torres
Angel gracia director from prada to nada
Ángel Gracia (Caracas) is a Venezuelan-born American film director. In 2010, Gracia directed his first feature film, From Prada to Nada, which starred Alexa Vega, Camilla Belle, Wilmer Valderrama and Adriana Barraza. The film was nominated for NCLR’s Alma Awards 2011 Best Picture and won two Alma Awards and two Imagen Awards, including Favorite Movie Actress and supporting actress.
His career started when he moved from his native Venezuela to Miami to study film and television at Florida International University where he won a Student Academy Awards for his experimental short "The Three Cornered Hat," a flamenco-flavored music video.
The following year he won an Emmy for his music video "If I Were Alone" for singer song writer John Bauer.
Shortly thereafter, in collaboration with Cliff Guest, he won MTV's first-ever music video contest for Madonna’s "True Blue" single, which went to win an Emmy and became one of the network's most requested videos.
This video caught the attention of Geffen Records which offered him a contract to direct in-house music videos; which led to a collaboration with hit artist Snap! making 6 of their music videos, including the ground breaking 3D and Motion Controlled video for their hit single "The World in my Hand", which led the giant label BMG Ariola to move him to England to direct videos for some of Europe’s top artists, including Enigma's award winning music video for their single "Out from the Deep", one of the first video fully integrating live action with computer graphics animation.
Today, his work includes jobs for globally-known powerhouses like Coca-Cola, Mercedes, Honda, Toyota, Ford, VW, Dodge, MasterCard, Coors, ING, Schweppes, Snickers and FIAT, and celebrities such as Shaquille O’Neal, soccer legends Kaká and Fabio Capello, as well as actors including Penélope Cruz, Val Kilmer, Terry Crews, Sofia Vergara and Hugh Laurie.
Angel was a partner at Ridley Scott and Associates during 5 years with his company "La Division @ RSA." His vast experience in advertising earned him numerous national and international awards, including several "Lions" for Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival.
In 1998 he directed a TV movie for BMG / Ariola's European division entitled 5NY "The Spirit", based on the real life of a group of young musicians signed to the label with designed to promote their record release. It was the first reality based TV movie about musicians in the industry. In 2001 He signed with Ridley Scott's RSA Films to direct commercials worldwide.
He is currently in pre-production for his second feature film "Mex in the City", a comedy about a Mexican American young man who loses his Mexican girlfriend to a white guy, and his friends struggle to try to get him over it.
1986 — "True Blue" - Madonna (MTV Music Video Contest)
1990 — The Disturbance (Feature Film) [cinematographer]
1994 — "Out from the Deep" - Enigma (Music Video)
1997 — "Kaleidoscope Skies" - Jam & Spoon (Music Video)
2007 — "Moonlight" - Alex Luna (Music Video)
2011 — From Prada to Nada (Feature Film)
Awards and nominations
Student Academy Awards