FILMMAKERS

LUIS IGA

DIRECTOR / PRODUCER


Luis Iga Garza is a Mexican award-winning Latino Director and Producer born in Saltillo Mexico. He is a pioneer in the Latinx inclusion movement with his most recent work, the award-winning Slasher Feature Film Murder in the Woods, the first All-American Slasher with a full “people of color” cast in non-stereotypical roles. The film starts Jose Julian (A Better Life, Spare Parts), Chelsea Rendon (McFarland USA, Vida), Catherine Toribio (Paranormal Activity, McFarland USA, Jane the Virgin), Jeanette Samano (ISA, FFC), featuring Danny Trejo (Machete), Soledad St. Hilaire (Ocean’s Thirteen, Real Women Have Curves), Kurt Caceres (Sons of Anarchy) and Rolando Molina (Family Guy).

Film critic Richard Roeper called Murder in the Woods “Darkly Funny” and Jim Hemphill from Filmmaker Magazine “a smart, funny, and very effective horror movie that recalls classics of the genre like FRIDAY THE 13TH and SCREAM but has a voice and style all its own.” Mr. Iga Garza was awarded the Panavision New Filmmaker Grant for the production of this film.

The film premiered at the renowned Festival Internacional de Cine de Guadalajara en LA (FICG in LA) and has sold out every festival screening to date including the TCL Chinese Theatre twice. The film won the top award at the LA Skins Film Festival and the Denver Xican Indie Film Fest and it has total of 9 wins and 15 nominations in the festival circuit.

Additionally, Mr. Iga Garza premiered on Amazon Prime a proof of concept short film entitled Alive that he Co-wrote, Directed and Produced starring Mexican Star Pepe Gamez. 

In Television, Mr. Iga Garza directed over 70 episodes of the news segment FashionOne’s Fashion News which reaches an audience of over 420 million households worldwide through cable, satellite and online. He is also a Co-EP on an animated comedy series which is being developed by John Cryer’s production company.

Mr. Iga Garza received an MFA in Film and Television Production from the renowned School of Cinematic Arts at USC. During his tenure at USC, he received multiple awards including the Annenberg Fellowship, the Montes Scholarship, and the USC LAA Scholarship among others.

YELYNA DE LEON

WRITER / PRODUCER


Yelyna De Leon is an award winning writer, producer, actress who hails from the southside of Chicago where she majored in theater at a performing arts high school. Since then she has worked on several film, TV and theater shows both in front of and behind the camera. She is also published bilingual children’s book author for “Yely’s First Day,” which she is currently touring at school around the nation. “Murder in the Woods,” an all Latino teen slasher starring Jose Julian, Chelsea Rendon with Danny Trejo is the second feature film she has written and produced. She has also written and produced several projects for film, tv, theater and the web both narratives and documentaries. She co-produced “Behind the Mask of Zorro,” the first bilingual docu-drama to air on the History Channel with Antonio Banderas and most recently produced a full length documentary, “God’s Tenants,” about a little girl who goes missing, shot entirely in Brazil, which is in final stages of post production.

This summer she taught the kids of CASA 0101 youth program how to make short films. Writing 4, directing 5, editing 6 and producing all 20 short films which recently screened for a sold out theater in Boyle Heights. Other current projects include Univision’s first cartoon special, “Los Toons,” which she is a writer on and “Blind Faith,” a bilingual play she wrote that premiered at the Stella Adler. As an actress she can be seen in several television shows such as “Shameless,” “Bones,” “Ray Donovan,” and the award nominated films, “A Better Life,” and “East Side Story.”

Yelyna is a 16/17 NALIP, Univision writing fellow where her one hour drama, “Las Fresas de East L.A.” is a finalist in contention for an 85 episode order. She is also a 2015 NHMC, ABC/NBC writing fellow. Yelyna received her MFA in Film/TV from USC in production with an emphasis on writing where she co-created and was the showrunner for USC’s first single camera comedy, “Teacher’s Lounge.” She also received her B.A. in film/TV and Chicano studies from UCLA. In 2016 she was a semi-finalist in the Sundance Youtube New Voices Lab and the 2017 Episodic writing Sundance Lab. Her work focuses on non-stereotypical characters for Latinos and strong female characters. Yel is a single mom who loves representing her community in film, tv and theater.

HUGH A. O'BRIEN

CO-PRODUCER /
STUNT COORDINATOR


With over 30+ years in the entertainment Industry, this is Hugh’s 13th producing endeavor. Projects include, an Award winning Feature, “A New York Heartbeat”, Award winning short projects: "Uné Liberation" and “Far”, as well as several Commercials. Hugh also has over 210+ stunt credits, as a Stunt Man, Stunt Co-ordinator and/or Second Unit Director in major motion pictures and TV shows.