11. Andres and Diego Meza-Valdes

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Andres and Diego directing Halfway II
Andres and Diego directing Halfway II

11. Andres and Diego Meza-Valdes

Miami has its very own version of the Coen and Wachowski brothers, except the Meza-Valdes brothers are more interested in making us scream in horror than laugh ourselves silly or gasp in awe. The desire to create took hold early for Diego and Andres.


Their father created an entire universe in their backyard of "time machines, crazy structures with pulleys and levers to explore" and their mom took them to watch theater and ballet.

"When we were kids, we would stick mostly to our backyard; filming John Woo inspired shoot-outs by ourselves using one toy gun for the whole movie, switching the camera and the gun between takes. That inspired us to see what else we could do with the illusion of movies and little resources, which helped us gravitate towards the horror genre."

Their film The Room screened at Scotland's Dead by Dawn Festival and received international distribution. Their shorts Date of the Dead and Halfway have both won festival awards and the brothers are currently in post-production for their film, The Babysitters. The Meza Brothers are also currently developing their first feature film with the Miami World Cinema Center.


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1. List five things that inspire you.

-Mom and Dad
-The Monster Squad
-Walt Disney
-Lloyd Kaufman
-Creepy houses

2. What was your last big project?

We're working post-production on our latest short, The Babysitters, in the fall. Before that, we had our film Halfway premiere at the Borscht Film Festival in 2009. It was awesome to see that movie screen as well as it did, considering there was practically no budget to work with let alone a script. Everyone from our actors, who had a hand at some of the gore effects, to the sound designers at Concerted Audio, who took over the post production duties of the film and really gave it life, completely gave themselves to the project.



3. What's your next big project?

Our first feature Bloodline, an 1980s inspired creature-feature set in Puerto Rico, is in pre-production development. We're also shooting a short before then called Play Dead, a zombie apocalypse movie following a pack of uninfected dogs. Think Homeward Bound 2: Lost in San Fransisco meets 28 Days Later.

4. Why do you do what you do?

We never grew up. Movies are the best playgrounds.

5. What's something you want Miami to know about you?

If we are filming a movie in your neighborhood late at night, drop by, we need help with this decapitation scene.

What's something you don't want Miami to know about you?

We still live at home with our parents...shit.

The Creatives so far:

12. Beatriz Monteavaro
13. Timothy Buwalda
14. Edwidge Danticat
15. Juraj Kojs
16. Cat Dove
17. Campbell McGrath
18. Frances Trombly
19. Jose Mertz
20. Emma Trelles
21. Pablo Cano
22. Natasha Tsakos
23. Freegums

24. Aurora Natrix
25. Gean Moreno
26. Yaddyra Peralta
27. Barron Sherer

28. Brigid Baker
29. Daniel Fila
30. McLaine Oberhellmann
31. Fro Rojas
32. Annie Hollingsworth
33. Preston Allen
34. Cristina Molina
35. David Josef Tamargo
36. Jillian Mayer

37. Alfonso Vega
38. Natasha Lopez de Victoria
39. Aholsniffsglue


40. Heather Maloney
41. Jorge Rubiera
42. Elaine Lancaster
43. Nick Duckart
44. Danielle Estefan
45. John Dufresne

46. Monica Lopez de Victoria
47. Bill Bilowit
48. Alette Simmons-Jimenez
49. Tawnie Silva
50. Ginger Bardot
51. Jonathan David Kane
52. Naomi Fisher
53. Rocky Grimes

54. Teresa Barcelo
55. Paul Tei
56. Lee Materazzi

57. Karla Garcia
58. Anna Mixon
59. Octavio Campos
60. P. Scott Cunningham
61. Elena Garcia
62. Summer Hill
63. Autumn Casey
64. Juan Navarro
65. Serge Toussaint
66. David Rohn
67. Diane Brache
68. Spencer Morin
69. James Anthony
70. Jim Drain
71. Claudia Calle
72. Kevin Arrow

73. Andrew Hevia
74. Ana Mendez
75. Michael McKeever
76. Diana Lozano
77. Ricardo Pau-Llosa
78. Agustina Woodgate
79. Tarell Alvin McCraney
80. Jennifer Kronenberg
81. Farley Aguilar
82. Colin Foord
83. Karelle Levy
84. Matt Gajewski
85. Antonia Wright
86. Allen Charles Klein
87. Christy Gast
88. Gustavo Matamoros
89. Shareen Rubiera-Sarwar

90. Kyle Trowbridge
91. Clifton Childree
92. Jessica Gross
93. Danny Brito
94. Nektar de Stagni
95. Anthony Spinello
96. Vanessa Garcia
97. Justin Long
98. Rosie Herrera
99. Rick Falcon

100. Ingrid B
 

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