Talent Guide

Salvador Paniagua, Jr.

  • Discipline:Director, Writer
  • Program Year:Project Involve 2009


Salvador Paniagua is an award-winning filmmaker whose work has been recognized in competitions by Ford Motor Company and Disney. He is developing Homecoming with producer Alex Robb of Melee Entertainment (Friday). Paniagua recently participated in the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) Latino Writers Lab where he began development on his feature film Stealing Dreams with mentor Chip Diggins (Sex and Breakfast). He has worked as a director’s apprentice on Alan Jacobs’ film Por Vida. The film features Danny Glover, Elizabeth Pena, Derek Luke, and Snoop Dogg. Paniagua was a finalist for the 2008 Walt Disney Studios Feature Writing Fellowship Program.

In 2006, Paniagua received a grant from the Mercury Latino Lens Challenge to shoot Los Tamales, a comedic and warm-hearted story about a seven year old boy’s trek across the neighborhood to run an errand for his mother. He has worked as a production coordinator on music videos that aired on MTV and BET. He also edited the first ever American Spanish-language hip-hop magazine before becoming managing editor of Rap Pages magazine – an internationally distributed hip-hop lifestyle magazine. Paniagua produces the cable show Shorts for the Love of Cinema, a program where shorts are screened followed by an interview with the filmmakers.

Current Project

Homecoming (Narrative Feature)


El Pueblo High's Student Body President Jerry Valdez, a smooth-talking charmer, stands on the edge of acceptance into Harvard just as his ambitious plans for Homecoming are thwarted by a new feminist student, Maggie Mortensen, who tries to cancel the