Rigoberto Castañeda

He studied in the Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica (Mexico City’s film school).

He wrote his first feature based on a widely known Mexican legend, “La Llorona”. Immediately optioned by Mexican mini studio Lemon Films. He directed the horror film based on his own script “Kilometer 31” – Km 31 – in 2007. The result, the highest-grossing film of 2007 in Mexico, and number one box-office Mexican horror film of all time. His first film also swept the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of Mexico awards, with 6 nominations and taking a total of 5 statuettes.

The success of this film creates the opportunity to direct the Hitchcockian psychological thriller “Blackout”, released in 2008. The independent film premiered in Mexico, Uk, and other European countries.

During the same period, he created, directed, wrote, and produced the series “M13DOS” for Televisa, an anthology horror series in prime time for Mexican National channel XHGC. The series is one of the very few “horror themed” titles ever made for Mexican television.

In 2010, he debuted as a producer, carrying the bestselling book of Mexican writer Juan Jose Rodríguez entitled “Murder in a Chinese Laundry”, the film was released in 2012 and finally titled “Reincarnation”.

Rigoberto also has directed many different TV series, winning experience in a wide variety of genres. He led “Terminales” for Televisa, a successful drama series about a group of -out of the ordinary- terminal illness patients, becoming friends and supporting each other. The series had such great success, a remake was requested in the United States.

Another series he directed was the action/drama for Canal 11 “Paramedicos”; an intensity charged story of real-life cases from paramedics working at the Mexican Red Cross..

For Disney, Rigoberto directs a dramatic biography series, portraying the famous Mexican singer Juan Gabriel. “Hasta que te conocí”, starring Julián Román (“Historia de un Crimen”), was a massive success in Latin America and the Latin audiences in the United States, being nominated for the 45th International Emmy Awards.

After the resounding success of “KM31” he writes and directs the sequel, “Km31-2”, also based on the crying lady legend and released in 2016, with Carlos Aragón (“Señor Ávila”, “Cantinflas”), film nominated for several technical achievements in the Mexican Academy Awards.

Rigoberto directs Netflix original “Diablero”. The series gained a grand reception in Mexico, but surprisingly, more with Latin audiences in the United States.

In the last few months, Rigoberto directed and adapted for the screen “Sin origen” and produced “Karem’s Diary”, a possession / exorcism film based on true events, both films will be released in 2020. He also directed the 8 episodes of an Amazon Zombies themed series (working title “Narcos Vs. Zombies”) to be released in 2020.

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