Writer/Director Diego Velasco was born in the states but raised in Caracas, Venezuela. His first feature “La Hora Cero” (The Zero Hour) broke all Venezuelan box office records, making it the highest grossing Venezuelan film of all time. It has won over 35 awards in festivals around the globe, and The Lincoln Center’s Film Comment Magazine calls it “rare and special: an intelligent, finely constructed and wonderfully acted feature with a subversive message and a sting in the tail.” The film secured distribution in the US and Latin America and most recently was acquired by Campanario Entertainment for an exclusive Mexican remake.
In November of 2011, Velasco was featured as one the Ten Mover and Reshapers of Latin American Cinema by Variety Magazine.
His first US project: “Cybergeddon”, was a digital crime thriller from the visionary storyteller and “CSI” creator Anthony E. Zuiker. True to it’s cyber nature, the film, which stars Missy Peregrym and Olivier Martinez, had a day and date release in more than twenty five countries via Yahoo! as part of their new digital content platform. Cybergeddon, to date, is the most successful full-length original motion picture on the internet. It was viewed over one billion times in the Orient.
Velasco is currently working on his next feature, The Whistler, a thriller based on the Venezuelan legend of the same name written by Carolina Paiz (Orange is the New Black / Narcos) to be produced by Dillon D Jordan (The Kindergarten Teacher / Skin) with PaperChase films.
On the TV front, Velasco most recently has directed an episode for the Emmy Award winning Orange is the New Black to stream this summer 2019 worldwide on Netflix.
Velasco is repped by Verve.