L.E. Salas is an award-winning filmmaker and
visual artist born and raised in Northern New Jersey.
He has had the honor of working and
learning from diverse, award-winning directors,
producers, and production companies. He has his
undergraduate degree in Communications with a
focus on Film Studies from The College of
New Jersey (TCNJ).
While in College, Salas directed, produced, wrote and
edited an extensive amount of video productions and
short films. His professional directorial debut, Far
from the Island: A Cuban-American Documentary,
garnered a great deal of attention from independent
companies and distributors but mostly from the
academe. Far from the Island was screened at colleges
and universities such as Duke, UVA, Seton Hall MISSOU,
and Yale. It later went on to be an official selection
at the Orlando International Film Festival in 2008.
More recently Salas' work has included assistant
direction on Canadian Filmmaker Bruce Labruce's L.A.
Zombie, which premiered at the Locarno Film Festival
in Switzerland and made it's North American premiere
at the Toronto Film Festival in 2010.
As a producer Salas has also collaborated on two Cuban
films with producer/director Alberto Gonzalez; Homo
Erectus, a short comedy and Havana Kidz 2, an
acclaimed documentary about young Cuban musicians, and
edited and produced an independent romantic comedy A
New and Accurate Map of the World.
Salas' first directing project was a short entitled
Take 5, an official selection at the Arlene Grocery's
Picture Show Film Festival in 2005. Prior to Take 5,
Salas artistically produced and edited 63 Years Like
Yesterday, a feature length, poignant documentary by
World2Be Productions about an elderly couple that
grows old with wisdom, humor, and love as the 20th
century unfolds through their eyes.
He has also worked on film projects for Corrado
Schoner Productions, an award-winning production
company based in New Jersey, and briefly interned at
Alfonso Cuaron's Esperanto Productions (formerly
Anhelo Productions). Salas currently works as a
production manager and producer at Digital Alley Media
in New York City.