Vincent Cortez:

Writer | Director | Producer | Editor | Composer

Vincent Cortez is an Oakland CA based filmmaker who became passionate about storytelling in his youth and developed his craft as he grew. After graduating from SFSU’s Cinema Program, he launched his own company, Mitchell Street Pictures, where he focused on directing content that is diverse and compelling. His short films have been distributed internationally on both big and small screens, including his short film “Dad” which was picked up by PBS and “Darkness of Night” which premiered on El Rey Network. Besides his work directing, Vincent has also functioned as a writer, producer, editor and composer on various projects.

Focusing on universal themes, Vincent has created high-concept/low-budget films that blend and cross genres, with character and story at the forefront. His desire to tell inclusive stories that represent people-of-color and women authentically stem from his Latino culture and his background growing up in a multi-cultural community. In addition to narrative films, Vincent has worked on corporate and commercial projects with clients ranging from Google to Samsung.


When he isn’t making a film, Vincent can be found teaching filmmaking to at-risk youth, working with various media and youth based non-profits. Vincent resides in East Oakland‘s Fruitvale Neighborhood, where he was born and raised, with his wife and co-producer Sofia. They are both proud to be raising two incredible children.

Sofia L. Cortez:

Producer | Production Coordinator

Sofia L. Cortez was born and raised in Oakland CA. She grew up as a movie buff, always watching a variety of movies with her family. With a background in Teaching and Administration, Sofia brings a logical and orderly approach to her work at Mitchell Street Pictures without losing sight of the art and craft.

She is passionate about inclusivity and representation on screen as it relates to young women and people of color being visible and part of the story in genuine and authentic ways. Her background in working with young people has taught her that underrepresented individuals need to feel heard and seen to help them reach their potential.

She has co-produced with Director Vincent Cortez since 2006 when they made their first college short film together. Since then, their projects, including short films "Dad", "Darkness of Night" and the feature length drama "Collisions", have found their way onto large and small screens across the globe.

On the day to day, Sofia can be found managing various projects for Mitchell Street Pictures, and helping develop their next creative slate of concepts. When she isn't holding a clipboard and pushing a project through completion, she can be found spending time with her children, active in the community, or going for a nice hike.

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