BIOS

ALAN SWYER, Director

Alan Swyer has worked as writer, director, and/or producer on projects ranging from HBO’s award-winning “Rebound,” starring Don Cheadle, Forrest Whitaker, and James Earl Jones; to “The Buddy Holly Story;” and “Alfred Hitchcock Presents," as well as the thriller "Time of Fear."  His documentaries include “Spiritual Revolution,” which has played festivals worldwide and is distributed by Kino-Lorber; “Beisbol,” which won the 2009 Imagen Award and is narrated by Andy Garcia; and festival hits "It's More Expensive to Do Nothing" and "Leimert Park Voices."  He has also directed assorted music videos and commercials, and produced a special for NBC entitled “Diabetes:  Challenges & Breakthroughs.”

In the realm of music, Mr. Swyer’s producing credits include an album of Ray Charles love songs, and he has written liner notes for albums ranging from “The Best of Big Joe Turner,” to “The Fiftieth Anniversary of Doo-Wop,” and “Ray Charles & Betty Carter.”

Mr. Swyer has been a faculty member at the American Film Institute, USC, and Pepperdine, and now teaches at Chapman University.  An activist of note, he created the Los Angeles County Teen Court and serves on the board of the Compton Baseball Academy and the Institute of Advanced Journalism at North Carolina A&T University.

RICK GIL DE MONTES, Producer

Award-winning producer and director with over 19 years of television and film experience.  Rick Gil de Montes has written, produced, edited and/or directed everything from promos, commercials, TV pilots and webisodes, to documentaries, digital content and music videos for both the general and Spanish language markets.

During his time at the NBC and Telemundo station group in Los Angeles, he was responsible for producing and directing hundreds of promotional and advertising campaigns for both radio and television.  There, he built a commercial production department from the ground up and was responsible for leading all sales marketing efforts for three TV stations: NBC, Telemundo and KWHY.  In addition, served as production manager for a local NBC lifestyle show, "Whipnotic," as well as the popular Peter Bart and Peter Guber national talk show, "In The House."

During this time, he wrote and directed an Emmy award-winning PSA campaign for the City of Los Angeles and co-produced a special awarded the Golden Mike for Best Documentary, "Diabetes: Challenges & Breakthroughs."  Shortly after that he moved on from NBC to be the Director of Content Development with the Telemundo National Digital Out of Home team.

 

ELIAS P. ONTIVEROS, Co-Producer

Elias P. Ontiveros earned his Postgraduate degree in International Business & Management from the University of Westminster, London and is an independent film producer who has prior film/television experience in working for such entities as 20th Century Fox, HBO Films, TELEMUNDO KVEA/KWHY 22, KABC 7- TV and MGM.  This is his first effort on a documentary.