Valentin Sandoval received the 1st Award ever at UTEP for Independent Filmmaking in 1996. He won 1st Place for Documentary at UTEP’s International Film Festival 2006 and The Rasquache Film Festival, where he received an award for Best Documentary for the film “Clamor”. The awards allowed Valentin to work on industry films that came into El Paso through 1996-2002 (films include working with Miramax, TriStar, Paramount Pictures, Wavemount Productions).
Valentin became SAG eligible at the age of 21 in the film “On the Border”, where he acted with Pedro Armendarez Jr, Brian Brown, Daniel Baldwin, to name a few). He then worked as a lead actor in the acclaimed Cuban playwright Maria Irene Fornes’ play, “The Conduct of Life”. He went on to act on multiple plays in El Paso, and was the co-creator of a comedy troupe, “Chuco Town Raize”, that performed in Austin.
He then decided to leave to Austin where he worked with famed Cinematographer of cult classic films such as: “Slacker”, “Dazed and Confused”, “Boyhood”. In Austin he also did technical work, such as light and sound for the pioneering theatre troupe, “The Latino Comedy Project”. In Austin. Valentin also befriended, and in some cases, mentored with activist and acclaimed writer Raul Salinas.
Valentin then returned to El Paso to work at Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe, Inc. where he produced Public Service Announcements, and health education plays and videos that were pertinent to the Segundo Barrio Community.
He then produced a documentary titled, “Corrientes de la Frontera”, that covered the complexities of NAFTA throughout the Southwest region and how it impacted the agricultural communities throughout both Mexico and the United States Borders.
Valentin then went on to work at Univison as a TV show Producer for 4 years. After that experience he began his career as a freelancer, mutlimedia content creator. He worked on Chihuahua, Texas, and New Mexico political campaigns, everything ranging from Juarez mayoral races, to Senator Shapleigh campaign against Dee Margo, and Senator Linda Lopez in New Mexico as well as the governors race with Gary King going up against, now governor, Suzana Martinez.
Valentin then worked with the SEIU and Mi Familia Vota, (America’s largest voter registration non-profit). The job was to create a documentary process, archiving the
“Get the Latino Vote Out” for President Barrack Obama’s reelection campaign. The project required him to travel to 24 cities throughout a 3 month duration with famed organizer that trained with Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta and was called “the most important Latino you don’t know about” by The New Yorker.
Valentin recently edited a feature film in Manhattan associated with Magnolia Pictures and spent 4 months in New York City. He’s also taught for Adobe’s Premiere Pro for Adobe Certified Training Center Lumenbrite based in Austin, TX.
Some of his writing credits include: University of Minnesota’s Yellow Medicine Review, Orbis Forum out of UTEP, and several articles for local magazines, as well as producing Hip Hop videos for artist across the Southwest, specializing in Chicano Hip Hop.