Ralph Portillo - President
Ralph Portillo began his film career as an assistant editor
while attending University to earn his Masters degree in International
He later became a first assistant director working in film
and network television, eventually following his dream to
His first directorial endeavor was the western RIO
DE ORO which was originally shot in the late eighties
and re-released in 1997.
In 1987, Nobel Peace Prize recipient and great humanitarian
Dr. Albert Schweitzer, was the subject of the critical acclaimed
documentary, THE SPIRIT OF ALBERT SCHWITZER, which
Mr. Portillo directed. The film was chosen finalist in the
Best Documentary category at the New York Film Festival as
well as winning Honorable Mention at the prestigious Cindy
In 1990, the formation of "HEMISPHERE ENTERTAINMENT
was announced with offices in Hollywood with Portillo as the
company's founder and President. Mr. Portillo became the creative
force behind the initiation, development, packaging and production
of their theatrical, network and cable motion pictures. The
significance of the earlier years of movie making experiences
as an editor and first assistant director as well as an International
Business Degree proved effective and soon he and co-founder
Jamie Elliott had compiled a formidable slate of potential
projects. This began an alliance that is still going strong
encompassing numerous feature length films to date.
Mr. Portillo has directed many of Hemispheres films
including BROKEN TRUST starring Golden Globe nominee
Edward Albert and Nick Cassavetes, LONG WAY BACK
starring Academy Award nominee Robert Forster and Joe Estevez
and FEVER LAKE starring Corey Haim and Bo Hopkins.
His family film THE LAST GREAT RIDE starring
Academy Award winner Ernest Borgnine and Eileen Brennan has
achieved success in all international markets as well as successful
runs on HBO, SHOWTIME, CINEMAX, STARZ-ENCORE, HBO FAMILY and
on airlines and video releases. BIG BROTHER TROUBLE
directed by Mr. Portillo and starring Dick van Patten, Mario
Lopez and Melanie Chartoff made its U.S. cable debut on SHOWTIME.
In addition, the suspense thriller BLOODY MURDER
which Mr. Portillo directed was sold to Artisan Entertainment
and to date has sold over 600,000 Video and DVD copies. He
also directed Golden Globe nominee Steven Bauer and Shannon
Tweed in the thriller NAKED LIES which enjoyed
a successful worldwide release through Columbia Tri-Star.
THE GHOST CLUB a spirited family film in which
Mr. Portillo directed starred newcomer Brittany Robertson
and was shot on location in South Carolina. The film was released
in December 2003. The suspense thriller ACADEMY OF TERROR,
was shot in and around the Los Angeles area and was released
In December of 2003 Mr. Portillo directed the family film
UNDERCOVER KIDS written by childrens book
author Gibbs Davis and well known novelist Charles Salzberg.
"THE GRIFT" starring John Savage and Billy Burke,
"SET APART" staring Richard Roundtree and John Schneider,
and "CLOUSURE: THE PROBLEM WITH MONEY" are the latset
films to be directed by Mr. Portillo and will all be released
Mr. Portillos films have won awards at the New York
Film Festival, Worldfest Houston, The Flagstaff International
Film Festival, The Charleston International Film Festival,
The Santa Clarita International Film Festival and a prestigious
In addition to his director duties, Mr. Portillo serves as
producer on all HEMISPHERE films such as the thriller BARE
WITNESS starring Daniel Baldwin and Angie Everhart which
is enjoying successful worldwide distribution through Columbia
Tri-Star as well as the soon to be released drama DONT
LET GO starring Academy Award nominee Katharine Ross
which recently took home awards at The Westchester International
Film Festival and the Stony Brook Film Festival.
Slated for Mr. Portillo to direct is the edgy, Gen-X thriller
4 AM IN CHINATOWN which is beginning to attract
major name actors who are looking for great character roles
such as this project presents.
Mr. Portillo is a member of the Directors Guild of America
and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
He and his wife currently live in Los Angeles, California.
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