José María de Orbe

Rizhomes Cattaraugus country  New York bubbles    




 The Neighbor’s Project White Dreams       






(San Sebastián, 1958)

In 1985, he graduated in film directing at the American Film Institute (Los Angeles, USA).

Manages several short films in California: “Lifeguard”, “Jonathan what the hell” and “Neon”.

Writes the script “Trains do not stop here”, with the intention of making a feature film. Cannot find a producer.

Works as an advert and founds O’Partners with Pepo Sol.

Later, he works as freelancer director with other producers.

Wins several awards in many advertising festivals, highlighting several bronze lions at Cannes Film Festival and other awards at San SebastianFIAPClio, etc. Wins the Festival Grand Prix 2004 El Sol, with the spot “Crossroads” by BMW, inspired in an experimental film by the director himself.

Writer of the documentary “From Chillida Hokusai”, that talks about the creation of a sculpture by Eduardo Chillida.

Founding partner of the independent film production Fresdeval Films, in which he produces the film “The Hours of the Day”, FIPRESCI Prize in Cannes 2003.

Combines his film projects with the completion of experimental films and installations.

In March 2004 presents an installation titled “Absences” in the Madrid Peironcely Gallery.

In 2007 writes and directs the film “The straight line“, which competes in the official sections of the international festivals of Gijón (Spain) and Bafici (Argentina).

In 2008 makes a series of outdoor installations in Salinas (Menorca, Spain).

In 2008 starts working in the film Aita, ending in early 2010.