Joseph B Vasquez

Director, Screenwriter, Cameraman
This young filmmaker worked his way up from freelance cameraman to editor before making "Street Story" (1988), the gang-themed "Bronx Wars" (1989), and the semi-autobiographical "Hangin' With the Homeboys" (1991). An ... Read more »
Born: 11/29/1961

Filmography

Writer (5)

The House That Jack Built 2012 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Manhattan Merengue 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Hangin' With the Homeboys 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Bronx War 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Street Story 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (4)

Manhattan Merengue 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

Hangin' With the Homeboys 1991 (Movie)

(Director)

The Bronx War 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

Street Story 1988 (Movie)

(Director)
Actor (3)

Champlin on Film 1989 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

World Beat 1992 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Bronx War 1990 (Movie)

Tito Sunshine (Actor)
Camera, Film, & Tape (1)

Street Story 1988 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)
Producer (1)

Street Story 1988 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

This young filmmaker worked his way up from freelance cameraman to editor before making "Street Story" (1988), the gang-themed "Bronx Wars" (1989), and the semi-autobiographical "Hangin' With the Homeboys" (1991). An exhilarating, buddies-on-the-town comedy in the tradition of "American Graffiti" and "Diner" and slice-of-life character study of four friends--two black and two Hispanic--the film (made for a modest $2 million) shared the best screenwriter award at the 1991 Sundance Film Festival. At the time of his death from complications from AIDS in December 1995, he had completed work on what was to be his final feature, "Manhattan Merengue" about a dancer whose success causes him conflict.

Relationships

Harriman Olave

Step-Brother
survived him

Raul Olave

Step-Brother
survived him

Dolores Vasquez

Mother
black survived him

Tito Vasquez

Brother
survived him

Tony Vasquez

Brother
survived him

EDUCATION

City College of New York

New York , New York 1983

Picker Film Institute

1984

Milestones

1988

Worked as feature film trailer editor at Films Around the World

1988

Made feature-length debut with low-budget, "Street Story"

1987

Moved up to film and offline editor at Saul Landa

1986

Joined Start Mark Editorial as an assistant editor

1985

Worked as personal assistant to editors of Eventime, LTD

1984

Made "The Filmmaker" at the Picker Film Institute

Final feature "Manhattan Merengue" completed in 1995

Grew up in the South Bronx section of NYC

First professional work as freelance electrician and cameraman on shorts; edited commercials

Bonus Trivia

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"I'm getting tired of making films about the Bronx. I want to make all kinds of movies about all kinds of people."--Joseph B. Vasquez (NEW YORK NEWSDAY, May 12, 1991)

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