The Filmmaker

The Filmmaker "When I came to New York, I had $400 in pocket - I just did it. I was fearless." Alfred de Villa


  • 2013 - Without You I'm Nothing (pre-production)
  • 2011 - Fugly!
  • 2011 - Harlistas: An American Journey
  • 2008 - Nothing Like the Holidays
  • 2007 - Adrift in Manhattan
  • 2006 - Yellow
  • 2002 - Washington Heights
  • 1998 - Neto's Run
  • 1998 - A Dozen Kliks

Alfredo de Villa is a U.S. Latino award-winning film director, producer and writer. His work includes "Neto's Run" (1998), "A Dozen Kliks" (1998), "Angel" (2000), "Washington Heights" (2002), "Yellow" (2006), "Adrift in Manhattan" (2007), "Nothing Like the Holidays" (2008) and "Harlistas: An American Journey" (2010).

From films, documentaries, shorts and commercials, Alfredo has established himself as a director to watch, weaving his true passion for cinematic art and culture.

Alfredo was born and raised in Puebla, Mexico, and received a graduate degree from Columbia University. With a passion for writing and directing, he pursued his American Dream and early on immersed himself in his short films, "Neto's Run", "A Dozen Kliks" and "Interiors: The Doorman." The Directors Guild of America recognized his work in 1995 and 1999 with the Best Latino Director Award, making him the only director to have ever won this award twice.

In 2000, Alfredo was part of the Sundance Filmmakers Lab with a script he co-wrote with Nat Moss, "Angel." He continued his trajectory with the feature film "Washington Heights," with writers Nat Moss and Pulitzer Prize recipient Junot Díaz, which was distributed through Lionsgate. The film premiered at the first-ever TriBeCa Film Festival and won a Special Mention for acting and directing. "Washington Heights" also won seven U.S. film festival awards and played in over 50 international film festivals.

After directing "Yellow" starring Roselyn Sanchez, Bill Duke and DB Sweeny for Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Alfredo premiered the award-winning "Adrift in Manhattan" at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival in Dramatic Competition, where Screen Media Films acquired it. The film starred Heather Graham, William Baldwin, Dominic Chianese, Victor Rasuk and Elizabeth Peña.

His following project, "Nothing Like the Holidays" for Overture Films and State Street Pictures, had a wide theatrical distribution. The film starred Alfred Molina, Debra Messing, Luis Guzman, Freddy Rodriguez, John Leguizamo, Elizabeth Peña and Jay Hernandez.

In 2009, he embarked on a casting call seeking Harlistas, Latino Harley® riders, for his first feature-length documentary, "Harlistas: An American Journey". The film follows the inspiring stories of Latino riders as they embark on pivotal motorcycle journeys that embody the pursuit of their American Dream.

Alfredo is currently in post-production on the romantic comedy "Fugly!" with John Leguizamo, Radah Mitchell, Rosie Perez, Ally Sheedy, Griffin Dunne and Loan Gruffod. He is represented by La Banda Films.