We had the good fortune of connecting with Emilio Guerra and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Emilio, how do you think about risk?
There’s been a million times I’ve been confronted with risks and truth be told I’ve never regretted taking one, I have however regretted not taking one or two or three too many… This morning I contemplating getting a tattoo that would read: “Fortune Favors the Bold, and if not it would at least make a good story”… I think as an artist, personal life and career are pretty interconnected and usually the best stories start with an appetite for risk. Last month I decided to move my production company to Mexico City. Truth be told I don’t know how to get bigger clients, but I do know how to stretch a dollar, and the fact that everything is cheaper in Mexico City, which is experiencing a bit of a Renaissance at the moment, is fascinating to a director with dreams of commanding an army to take take a hill with timed explosions in the back ground and sky. I hope that taking this risk leads to building a bigger and better portfolio and if it doesn’t well… I guess that’s more ammunition for a good story. So far it’s payed off.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am all over the place and have by no means made it, but it’s been a hell of a ride and I’ve met some amazing people and lessons along the way. My long term goal creatively and artistically has been to Write and Direct feature films. However my specific road was very crooked and I learned to shoot as well as produce. All though I have edited I would never say I learned to edit, I am a shit editor and any real editor will tell you that, I respect those guys too much. I started my artistic journey thinking I wanted to teach the world something, but as I get older I realize I actually know less and less. I think my message is molding into reminding people whats important, and reminding people how good life was when we needed less. But I don’t want to teach anymore, I just want to express.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I lived in LA for 10 years and I hope to keep coming back forever. If you live in LA and don’t go to the beach you’re doing it wrong. Fun little Saturday Pre COVID in Venice, I’d make an amazing omlette and we could eat it in our backyard, after we’d walk to the to the beach barefoot through the canals and play volleyball for a couple hours, listening to music and probably drinking a beer or two maybe a seltzer to watch the carbs. Let’s pretend we got our fill in 2 hours and we rinsed off in the ocean, We’d head over to Cliffs of Id in Culver City and Climb a bit. After that we’d devour some tacos. Grab a coffee on the way back in one of 1000000 amazing coffee spots in LA. Go home and Shower. Have some friends over with the roomies, start a little fire and hang out for a bit, Mike made Negroni’s. Conner’s brother Brett is having a comedy Show at 7 at an Ice cream place in WEHO and my friend R.E.L has a show at 10 in echo park. We could go to both and play it by ear on what we do after. KOREAN BQQ There’s a party in the Valley, The Hills, or we could go to a club, there a trillion clubs, in all parts of town. Then there’s the after hours places but I don’t frequent those anymore… … … I LOVE LA, and if you don’t you never knew it.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My mom is wild, loud, rude at times, and the most difficultly wonderful woman in the world. She instilled in me a sense of childhood that I hope to never loose, a sense of wonder and love for the simple and the beautiful. She let me watch R rated films before I was 12 and she’s probably the reason I love Cinema and curse too much. Thank you Momma, I love you.

Website: emilioignacioguerra.com / buho44.com

Instagram: eguerra24 / buho.44

Image Credits
Pietro Passolini and Vianca De La Parra

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