Thomas Rivera Montes is a New York City-based Filmmaker, Producer, and freelance Editor. Born and raised in Lausanne (Switzerland), he graduated in May 2015 from Brooklyn College (New York), with a Bachelor’s degree in Film Production. The same year, he directs 'Act Zero', a coming-of-age story about a boy, who tries to share his feelings with his classmate Rachel. The film won the award for Best Directing at the 33rd Brooklyn College Film Festival, special mention at the Top Shorts Film Festival and was screened at the New York National Film Archives and the Queens Museum in 2016. His second short film 'Dare and Truth' about a young man dealing with his sexuality was a selection at Outfest LA 2017, the Palm Springs Shorfest 2017 as well as the Newfest 2017. He is developing the project into a feature script.
Thomas Rivera Montes' credits as an Editor include 'Bronx Gothic', a feature documentary about Bessie winner Okwui Okpokwasili from Emmy-nominated director Andrew Rossi (Page One: Inside The New York Times and The First Monday in May), which premiered at Film Forum 2017. He has also worked on Viviane Silvera’s 'See Memory', a stop motion animation featuring Nobel Prize winner Eric Kandel as well as multiple narrative shorts and feature films. Thomas Rivera Montes just finished working on 'The Gospel According to Andre', a documentary about the life of Vogue editor Andre Leon Talley, which premiered at TIFF.