A native of Los Angeles born to two first generation immigrants, a hospital office manager and a truck repair shop owner. Mr. Sandoval took his first job as a driver at his father’s shop where he got the opportunity to tour some of the toughest parts of the city delivering parts and equipment. Inspired by his experiences, Mr. Sandoval enrolled as a political science major at the University of California with the hope of some day becoming a lawyer to champion the little guy. Midway through his studies, Mr. Sandoval discovered the singular power of media to cut across boundaries of time and space. He opted to become a dual major adding film and media studies and immersed himself in all aspects of the visual language of film. Mr. Sandoval saw a mirror image of himself in the early visionaries of cinema whose creative undertakings often led them to experiment with practical effects to keep audiences engaged while never losing sight of the fundamentals of story. Mr. Sandoval’s journey eventually led him to the USC School of Cinematic Arts where he received his Master of Fine Arts in film and television production. There he wrote, directed, and produced the award-winning Live Another Day for the Steven Spielberg Shoah Foundation as well as the gritty modern Noir action thriller Gunwalkers inspired by the events of the deadly Fast and Furious scandal of 2009. Mr. Sandoval is currently in development on Firebrand, an independent feature that follows an Oklahoma state detective who returns to the county where he once put away a corrupt, vicious sheriff to investigate a missing child case that leads straight back to his old nemesis. In his free time Mr. Sandoval enjoys talking to youth about the importance of media, reading, and staying informed about current events.