DEREK VELEZ PARTRIDGE
Derek Velez Partridge, founder of Vista Clara Productions has been producing, directing and writing for over fifteen years. His diverse work includes feature films, a music video, several short narratives and commercials. His first feature as Producer, Director, & co-writer was the award winning, “No, Deposit, No Return” starring Peter Billingsley and Reiko Aylesworth, international released, in 2000. Next for the Producer/Director came “A Miracle in Spanish Harlem” Starring Kate Del Castillo, Luis Antonio Ramos and many other notable Latino luminaries. It was theatrically released nationally on 12/13 to very good reviews. (See PRESS PAGE) Presently, Derek authored the children’s book, The Book of Kringle.
He is the force behind the team of writer Mary Packard (Winnie the Pooh, Little Bear) and famed illustrator David Wenzel of The Hobbit Series (Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer) and many more. Set to be released in the Fall 2015, the book is only the beginning. Plans are being executed for a Website where characters from the book find themselves in fully realized in short stories, ordinates and apps and many more. Also in development, from writer Judge Edwin Torres, Author of Carlito's Way’s and Q And A , comes “Pleasant Avenue.” A mob/Cop movie set in East Harlem 1949 . Derek is currently developing the screenplay to be adapted
into a major motion picture.
Karen Torres began her varied career in Television, Film and Theatre during the 80’s starting as a Programming Assistant at WCBS-TV in New York. In the early 90’s, she worked on her first feature as a Production Assistant on the classic film Carlito’s Way starring Al Pacino. From there she worked on the Indie classic Party Girl starring Parker Posey, Micheal J. Fox’s Spin City, Paul Simon’s The Capeman on Broadway starring Marc Anthony. Karen created El Bodeguero Productions and produced, wrote and directed her first independent feature film, Pleasant Dreams which premiered at Urban World Film Festival and where she was presented the Horace Mann Award as Woman of the Year for her work as a Latina film maker. In 2000, Karen was Creative Director for Urban Box Office’s Latinflava.com producing video content for the website as well as journalistic pieces highlighting urban artists in all arenas of media. Karen became an Associate Producer at Galavision producing for Telemundo’s Galascene. By 2002, Karen was a Segment Producer for Nickelodeon, Nick at Night, MTV, PBS-TV, Bravo Television, HBO (Rosie Perez Show), Univision (John Leguizamo,).
Karen worked on feature films such as HBO’s Maria Full of Grace, Washington Heights, When Mambo was King, Indocumentados, Machetero, and Jennifer Lopez’s El Cantante. She also produced and directed the documentary Outside Lookin’ In, a commentary on urban youth and 911 currently part of the Media Watch program at Berkeley and Harvard University. In 2004, Karen produced and wrote the Off-Broadway production Women of Nine-Audition For Life starring CSI Miami’s Eva La Rue. Karen contributed to the initial development of the HBO New York International Latino Film Festivalwith founder Calixto Chinchilla. By 2005, Karen began working in development for Executive Producer, Sonny Grosso at Grosso-Jacobson Productions, Casting and Developing A & E productions such as Kings of South Beach and Hallmark Movie Channel’s Citizen Jane. Karen also worked with 15 time Grammy Award Winner, the late, great Phil Ramone and his first stage production Be My Love. In 2010, Karen cast and co-produced A Miracle in Spanish Harlem and is presently working with Vista Clara Productions to create more multi-media platform entertainment.