Addison Sandoval is a native Angeleno born to two first generation immigrants, a hospital office manager and a truck repair shop owner. Sandoval took his first job as a driver at his father’s shop where he got the opportunity to tour some of the toughest parts of the city delivering parts and equipment. Inspired by his experiences, Sandoval enrolled as a political science major at the University of California, Irvine with the hope of some day becoming a lawyer and advocating for the little guy.

However midway through his studies, Sandoval discovered the singular power of media to cut across boundaries of time and space. He decided to become a dual major adding film and media studies shortly afterward and immersing himself in all aspects of the visual language of film. Mr. Sandoval saw a mirror image of himself in the early visionaries of cinema like Méliès and Edison, whose creative undertakings often led them to experiment with practical effects to keep audiences engaged while never losing sight of the fundamentals of story to advance their narratives. Mr. Sandoval’s journey eventually led him to the USC School of Cinematic Arts where he received his Master in Fine Arts in production.

There he wrote, directed, and produced the award winning Live Another Day for the Steven Spielberg Shoah Foundation as well as the gritty modern-noir action thriller Gunwalkers inspired by the events of the deadly Fast and Furious scandal of 2009. Sandoval is currently in development on Firebrand, an independent feature set in Oklahoma that follows a state detective who returns to the county where he once brought down a crooked Sheriff to track down a missing child. In his free time, Mr. Sandoval enjoys talking to youth about the importance of media, reading, and staying informed about current events.