JESÚS SALVADOR TREVIÑO is an award-winning filmmaker, renowned for his pioneering films of the Chicano experience. His early documentaries such as Yo Soy Chicano, Raza Unida, and América Tropical and the television series he produced, such as Ahora! and Acción Chicano, helped to shape Chicano identity during the turbulent 1960s and 1970s.
A founder of Chicano cinema, the Mexican feature film he wrote and directed, Raíces de sangre (Roots of Blood), was recognized in 1991 by the Valladolid, Spain International Film Festival as one of the 25 most outstanding Latin American films of all time. He has won the Directors Guild of America award twice for best daytime drama, wrote and directed the American Playhouse drama Seguín and has directed episodes of such television and drama series as NYPD Blue, ER, Crossing Jordan, Chicago Hope, The Practice, Dawson’s Creek, Nash Bridges, Star Trek Voyager, Third Watch, E-Ring, and Prison Break. He served as one of the Executive Producers of Chicano! History of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement, a four-hour documentary series for PBS, and he is the Co-Executive Producer of the SHOWTIME drama series, Resurrection Boulevard.
Treviño’s development as an activist and filmmaker is detailed in his engrossing memoir, Eyewitness: A Filmmaker’s Memoir of the Chicano Movement (Arte Público Press, 2001), which details his coming of age during the peak of the Mexican American civil rights movement and how this contributed to his development as a filmmaker.
The Fabulous Sinkhole and Other Stories (Arte Público Press, 1995) is his first collection of fiction writing, which garnered him a starred review in Booklist and the distinction of being named a finalist in the 1996 Benjamin Franklin Award given by the Publishers Marketing Association. His second collection of inter-related stories, The Skyscraper that Flew and Other Stories, was published by Arte Público Press in 2005.
Treviño lives and works in Los Angeles, California.