HONORABLE MENTION IPA AWARDS / ONE SHOT
HONORABLE MENTION en el IPA Awards ( International Photography Awards) en el concurso One Shot / Lockdown Life. Con la temática de la pandemia del 2020.
A man is struggling into his past to reconstruct his memories of youth, while a group of women dances in an oneiric black room through his mind. The face of the man is deformed by the beauty of his memories, while a poem sounds in the back telling to itself what was and is no longer is.
My first Book: Monitor is a compilation of eleven Noir Short Tales.
Mario Pagano (1975) is a Venezuelan Director, Writer, Producer, Photographer, Musician and Painter. He began to tell stories from the age of 15, with the video 8 camera that his parents gave him.
His genetic mix combines the aestheticism of his Italian part from his father and the exuberance of Venezuela -his mother, in a family environment where Art and Music were protagonist. At the age of 18, Mario begins to work in front of the cameras in commercials and T.V. programs. At the same time he studied Advertising.
He lived a brief season in Paris, where he expands his connection with Art through Fashion and returns to Caracas to study the acting career, with the firm goal of understanding the actor’s methodology and making his way to directing film.
In 1998, he dedicates himself to photography in a self-taught way and stands out with his photographic style, full of color and strength, creating a narrative through the images that he created. He worked with important fashion magazines and advertising agencies in Latin America.
At the age of 27, he received the “Best Fashion Photographer of Latin America” award for “Vogue Latin Fashion Awards”. After, Mario settled in New York to study at the New York Film Academy.
In 2003, he moved to Spain (Madrid), where he continued his audiovisual career working in different film projects, TV Series, music videos and commercials. In his search for new ways of storytelling, Mario also experimented with Theater, directing and producing two plays: “Do not ask me to return” and “Paco the Butcher”. In Madrid he also made four short films, among them: “Shock” won the “Special mention Calle 13” at the Spanish film festival: “Notodo Film Fest”, also the short film was selected in a wide variety of international film festivals.
In 2016 he premieres his first feature film titled: “Backseat Fighter” in which he is the Scriptwriter, Director, Producer and Cinematographer. The film is and independent production, shot in english & has been premiered in theaters in Europe, Latin America & USA. The film has obtain the “Official selection” in different international film festivals as the and won three awards at the “International Action Film Festival of Spain 2018” including: “Best Picture”
In 2020 he won an “Honorable Mention” at the prestigious “International Photography Awards” and published his first book: “Monitor”.
In 2021 he won again another “Honorable Mention” at the IPA Awards.
In 2022 Mario shot his second Feature Film: Titled: New Earth / “NUEVA TIERRA“ a Fantastic Thriller that will be premiered at 2023, while he continues working on his art work of the Series titled: “Deformed Beauty”