Freddy Gaitan was raised in the Salinas Valley in Central California. The son of migrant farm workers, he was the first of his family to go to college, and received his BFA with honors from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has taught playwriting for the East LA Classic Theater Company, and had the honor of working with acclaimed director Nancy Keystone on The America Play by Susan Lori Parks, and Apollo II, which premiered at Portland Center Stage. He has also worked at one of the largest arts festivals in the America’s, the International Festival Cervantino, in Guanajuato Mexico, and has apprenticed at Vicon Motion Capture Studios.
He has written, directed, and edited, several films including Permeable, a short which he produced, about a young girl determined to go to college despite being undocumented. This year he was a finalist for the Sundance/Sloan Commissioning Grant for his feature script. He is a member of the Motion Capture Society, and the National Association of Latino Independent Producers.
Freddy currently works at Sony’s 3D Technology Center, and is pursuing an MFA in Film & TV Production at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. He is the proud recipient of the Rudolfo Montes Scholarship, which honors academic achievement and community leadership, as well as the prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Award, which recognizes innovative filmmakers who create stories that explore science and technology. He is in pre-production on Where the Sky Is Born, a mythological adventure film, about a migrant boy who follows his dream to be an astronaut. It is shot in Monterrey County. One day, he too hopes to go to the moon.
Freddy Gaitan was awarded a Production grant at USC in 2010 for Where the Sky Is Born