My name is William D. Caballero, and I tell big stories using small figures.
As an artist, 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ENLIGHTEN: to forcibly wake up humanity from the spell of mindless materialism, to break our addictions to outdated ideologies of control, and to remind us that while we are all the same, we are all truly unique and beautiful.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 an NYC/NJ-based filmmaker, composer, and multimedia storyteller. Born in Coney Island, New York and raised in North Carolina, Caballero obtained the prestigious Bill Gates Millennium Scholarship, and returned to New York City where he graduated from Pratt Institute (BFA Digital Art, 2006) and New York University (MA The Arts and Humanities in Education, 2008).
Caballero's current directorial work (as of September 2016) can be seen on: HBO (Gran'pa Knows Best), Univision (Dreamer Generation), and PBS World Channel (The Smallest Step).
Graduating from Pratt in 2006, William's graduate thesis, WITHOUT SIN, which featured a hybrid real actor/animation set to a self-performed composition by Igor Stravinsky, won the Fine Art/Experimental prize in the Space-Time category at SIGGRAPH 2006. In addition, THEMES AND VARIATIONS, another experimental short, premiered at Lincoln Center in 2008 alongside featured a 16 piece live orchestral accompaniment. These films were created while Caballero was enrolled in college and both earned him an MTV Movie Award nomination for ‘Best Filmmaker on Campus’.
Post-graduation, one of his first professional projects was AMERICAN DREAMS DEFERRED, a feature length autobiographical documentary about 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 25 American universities.
In 2010, the Apollo Theater commissioned Caballero to perform 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 Ugandan war orphans and gay rights, 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 prestigious Slamdance Film Festival, and later became a Vimeo Staff Pick. In 2013, Caballero was selected for the prestigious Aljira Emerge program (in partnership with Creative Capital), a strategic career management and exhibition platform for emerging artists. Later that year, he was invited to the Bill Gates Leadership Conferences in Washington, DC and San Jose, CA as an ‘alumni guest-of-honor’, where he gave a keynote speech based on his various experiences and successes in front of 1000 college students of color and fellow recipients of the Gates Scholarship.
Caballero’s short film HOW YOU DOIN,’ BOY? VOICEMAILS FROM GRAN’PA, a comedic short film featuring 3D modeled/printed miniatures of his grandfather, is scheduled to debut on NUVO TV on December 4th, 2014. The project was funded by NALAC, and will become a web-series in early 2015. He has also been interviewed on the PBS program America Reframed, NuvoTV, NBCLatino.com, and has participated in many panel discussions highlighting his work and filmmaking in general. In addition, he was chosen as one of three nationwide recipients of the NALIP-American Grad Digital Video project, debuted THE SMALLEST STEP in late 2015.
Finally, Caballero's 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 2016. 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.
AWARDS AND GRANTS
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
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