filmmaker + photographer
New York City-based multidisciplinary artist in the fields of screenwriting, directing, design and photography. He is a co-founder of NEUPLOT, a content creation and production studio. Consummate music lover, you will find him shooting intimate shows in small dives and established bands in big arenas or directing his most recent project, REHEARSAL SPACE, a music documentary series that explores the creative process of iconic musicians. The first episode features Lee Ranaldo from Sonic Youth.
He is the creator, producer and head writer of KID PAMBELÉ, an 80-episode scripted epic drama (currently in post-production) based on the infamous life of legendary boxing world champion Antonio Cervantes. Prior to this, Cortés produced, co-wrote and directed “MANIFESTO!” – a lifestyle and fashion transmedia TV show produced by Turner Television.
Cortés was also a co-founder and creative director of The Vox Collective, one of the top 25 multicultural advertising agencies in the U.S. In 2012, after 10 years in the business, he sold his stake of the company and facilitated the successful merger with British advertising group Profero, now part of Lowe + Partners.
As a filmmaker, he directs TV series, music videos, art installations and TV commercials for clients such as Post Foods, Heelys, Macys, MTV, Konami, Pepsi among many others. He is currently in the development of his first feature film.
Cortés has received much recognition for his work and won many awards in the industry. He was a member of the jury at the London International Advertising, his photography has been featured on album covers, band t-shirts, as part of the promotion of many artists and in publications like The Guardian, Rolling Stone, New York magazine, Nakid, Photo District News, Complex and Lüzer Archive, among others. He is a frequent speaker and panelist at universities and industry events around the globe.
PRESS AND ACCOLADES:
One Show - Art Directors Club Merit Award: Giollotine Riot Album Cover
One Show - Art Directors Club Merit Award: Brooklyn is Burning Photo essay
PDN: Ultimate Music Moment
Lürzer's Archive: Clear + Brilliant
MMM Awards: Clear + Brilliant
Silver the SCA Summit Awards: Clear + Brilliant
Bronze DTC National Awards: Clear + Brilliant
Effie Awards: Vonage
London International Advertising Awards: Member of the jury