My name is William D. Caballero, and I tell big stories using small figures.
I am a GATES MILLENNIUM SCHOLAR.
Class of 2001
My work has screened at over 150 domestic and international film festivals (including the 2017 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL) and 30+ American Universities
I strive to create unique work employing my self-made mantra, "THE THREEE". Hence, each of my projects must contain at least 2 of the following "E's":
EMPOWER: to inspire the viewer to become aware of their precious and individual talents, to remind us that we all have important stories to share, and to lend a voice to those who have none.
ENLIGHTEN: to forcibly wake up humanity from the spell of mindless materialism, to break our addictions to outdated ideologies of control, and to remind us that while we are all the same, we are all truly unique and beautiful.
EXPRESS: to pursue projects that are colossal undertakings that challenge me to look deep into what I can create and to give it my all, because only then, can I lose myself inside my own hidden potential.
William D. Caballero is a Los Angeles-based filmmaker, composer, violinist, and multimedia storyteller. Born in Coney Island, New York and raised in North Carolina, Caballero obtained the Bill Gates Millennium Scholarship in 2001, and returned to New York City where he graduated from Pratt Institute (BFA Digital Art, 2006, Minor in Art History ) and New York University (MA The Arts and Humanities in Education, 2008), graduating Magna Cum Laude and Cum Laude, respectively.
Caballero's directorial debut came in the form of a feature length autobiographical documentary entitled AMERICAN DREAMS DEFERRED, which focused on the diverse health, financial, and social difficulties facing his Puerto Rican-American family. This cinema-verité film was selected for the NALIP (National Association of Latino Independent Producers) Latino Producers Academy, eventually receiving the first annual HBO-NALIP Documentary grant. Five years after its conception, it went on to have a national television premiere on PBS on December, 2012. Post-premiere, he has screened the documentary at over 40 American universities.
In 2010, the Apollo Theater commissioned Caballero to create SPEAK! SO THE WORLD WILL LISTEN! UGANDA, a multimedia advocacy concert for 20 musicians. Shot on location in Uganda, the project features the audio testimony of war orphans and gay rights activists, blending music, visuals, and documentary, which later premiered at the Apollo. In 2012, he completed SEED STORY, a macro short film featuring a cast of hundreds of one-inch tall plastic hand-painted figures, which debuted the following year at the Slamdance Film Festival, and later became a Vimeo Staff Pick. In 2013, Caballero was selected for the Aljira Emerge program (in partnership with Creative Capital), a strategic career management and exhibition platform for emerging artists. Later that year, he gave two keynote speeches at the annual Bill Gates Leadership Conferences in Washington, DC and San Jose, CA as an ‘alumni guest-of-honor.'
Working in the field of 3D printed short films, his recent achievements include GRAN'PA KNOWS BEST, an interstitial series based on his short film, HOW YOU DOIN', BOY?, which was licensed by HBO LATINO in 2015. Two seasons of the show are currently viewable on HBO GO, HBO NOW, and HBO ON DEMAND. In September, 2016, Univision debuted his latest web-series, DREAMER GENERATION, which features the stories of members of the Dreamers' Movement, shot using 3D scanned/printed miniatures. In 2017, Caballero's latest short film, VICTOR AND ISOLINA, debuted at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival, and the Museum of Modern Art (Documentary Fortnight).
Caballero's latest web-series STORYBORED USA, a web-series aimed at empowering diverse young people to tell their stories through creative arts and media, launched in January 2018. The show features 3D printed miniatures of Caballero as the show's host, and was funded by Latino Public Broadcasting. Recently, in November 2017 Caballero was one of ten filmmakers selected for the SUNDANCE NEW VOICES LAB, held in Los Angeles, California.
Caballero is a 2018 Guggenheim Fellow.
AWARDS AND GRANTS
2018 GUGGENHEIM FELLOWSHIP
2017 ATLANTA FILM FESTIVAL: Best Short Documentary
2017 NEWARK INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: Audience Choice Award
2017 ANN ARBOR FILM FESTIVAL: JURY AWARD
2016 SILVER and BRONZE TELLY AWARD
2015 LATINO PUBLIC BROADCASTING - New Media Grant
2014 NALIP AMERICAN GRAD Digital Video Project Grant Recipient (provided through the Corporation for Public Broadcasting)
2014 NALAC (Nat’l Association of Latino Arts & Culture) Grantee
2014 NUVO TV Emerging Latino Filmmaker's Showcase
2014 ART OF BROOKLYN FILM FESTIVAL: WINNER (Best Animation)
2014 CHAIN NYC FILM FESTIVAL: WINNER (Best Documentary Super Short)
2013 ART OF BROOKLYN FILM FESTIVAL: WINNER (Vanguard Award, for Best Experimental film)
2013 VISIONFEST: WINNER (Best Sound Design)
2013 PHILADELPHIA INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL: HONORABLE MENTION (Best Short)
2013 AlJIRA EMERGE participant
2012 NALAC (Nat’l Association of Latino Arts & Culture) Grantee
2011 PUFFIN FOUNDATION Grantee
2011 JT3 FOUNDATION (Creative Vision Grant)
2010 APOLLO THEATER Salon Series (Commissioned artist)
2010 HBO-NALIP DOCUMENTARY FUND (grantee)
2008 LATINO PRODUCERS ACADEMY
2007 MTV MOVIE AWARD NOMINATION (2 of 2)
2006 MTV MOVIE AWARD NOMINATION (1 of 2)
FILM FESTIVALS, TELEVISION, & GALLERY SCREENINGS
2018 LOS ANGELES LATINO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
2018 METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART (DOCUMENTARY FORTNIGHT)
2017 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL
2017 AFI FEST
2017 LA FILM FESTIVAL
2014 NUVO POINT-OF-VIEW EMERGING LATINO FILMMAKER'S SHOWCASE
2014 BROOKLYN MUSEUM ARTIST'S TALK
2014 NEW YORK INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL
2014 ALJIRA CONTEMPORARY ART GALLERY
2014 GOLDEN DOOR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
2014 ART OF BROOKLYN FILM FESTIVAL
2014 SEATTLE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
2014 ATLANTA FILM FESTIVAL
2014 CHAIN NYC FILM FESTIVAL
2014 QUEENS WORLD INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
2014 UPWORTHY (featured)
2013 VIMEO STAFF PICK (featured)
2013 KAHBANG FILM FESTIVAL
2013 GUANAJUATO FILM FESTIVAL
2013 SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL
2013 RXSM FILM EXPO
2013 ATLANTA FILM FESTIVAL
2013 ART OF BROOKLYN FILM FESTIVAL
2013 PHILADELPHIA INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL
2012 INTERNATIONAL PUERTO RICAN HERITAGE FILM FESTIVAL
2011 PUERTO RICO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL AT VIEQUES
2010 NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL LATINO FILM FESTIVAL
2007 LINCOLN CENTER
2007 BIG MUDDY FILM FESTIVAL
Caballero is a recipient of the prestigious Gates Millennium Scholarship (2001)
NEW YORK UNIVERSITY
MASTER OF ARTS, THE ARTS & HUMANITIES IN EDUCATION 2008
BACHELORS OF FINE ARTS, DIGITAL ART 2006
MINOR IN ART HISTORY