José Rivera

José Rivera’s The Motorcycle Diaries was nominated for a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar in 2005. His film On the Road, premiered at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival and Trade was the first film to premiere at the United Nations. In theatre, Rivera has won two Obie Awards in playwriting for Marisol and References to Salvador Dali Make Me HotCloud Tectonics, Boleros for the Disenchanted, Sueño, Sonnets for an Old Century, School of the Americas, Massacre (Sing to Your Children), Brainpeople, and Adoration of the Old Woman have been produced in theatres across the country and around the world. New plays include Human Emotional ProcessThe Last Book of HomerThe Hours are FeminineAnother Word for Beauty (a musical), and a new translation/adaptation of The Kiss of the Spider Woman. For television he co-created and produced Eerie, Indiana for NBC as well as The House of Ramon Iglesia for PBS. In the works is an untitled HBO series with Tom Hanks, producer. Films in development or in production include Three Apples Fell from Heaven (about the Armenian genocide, Shekhar Kapur, director), The 33 (about the rescue of 33 Chilean miners, Patricia Riggen, director), John Brown (about the famed abolitionist, Giancarlo Esposito, director), Vincent (about Vincent Van Gogh), Even Silence Has a Name(about Ingrid Betancourt), Deity (a remake of the Indian film Kahaani, Neils Arden Oplev, director), and an adaptation of Jack London’s White Fang for Disney (Lance Accord, director). Celestina, based on his play Cloud Tectonics, featuring Sona Tatoyan and Raul Castillo, will mark his debut as a feature film director. Love Makes the City Crumble is his first novel. Rivera runs a writing workshop in New York and has been a mentor/advisor for the Sundance Screenwriting Labs in Utah, Jordan, and India.