about Castle2000 Films
Castle2000 Films believes in making compelling entertainment that is socially relevant. Great stories can come from anywhere; we seek to bring you dynamic stories of inspiring personal journeys and the exuberance of youth.
Castle2000 Films was founded in 2002 by brand management executive Gustavo Alejandro (Alex) Castillo with the mission to develop and produce groundbreaking projects that entertain, inspire and promote social and cultural diversity.
We began and completed production of our first project, the critically acclaimed short film Daniel's Spark, written and directed by Sky Soleil in 2003. The film screened at several film festivals from New York to Los Angeles in 2004, and garnered several awards including "Best of Fest" honors for Soleil.
In 2005, we produced Father Figure in association with Palmarejo Film's writer/director Adam Schlachter. We premiered Father Figure in 2006 at the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival and screened the film at several prestigious festivals, including Clermont-Ferrand in France.
In 2007, we produced The Stain on the Sidewalk, our second collaboration with Schlachter and premiered it at the 2007 Los Angeles Latino Film Festival. The film screened at over twenty festivals including the prestigious South by Southwest, the Los Angeles International and the New York Latino International Film Festivals.
In early 2008, we completed El Primo (The Cousin), in association with writer/director Nick Oceano’s Indigenous Films, marking the beginning of our present collaboration. We premiered El Primo (The Cousin) with great fanfare at the 2008 Festival de Cannes Marche du Film in France. The film was greatly received with several awards and sold-out screenings at more than twenty-five film festivals around the world, including New York's NewFest, San Francisco’s Frameline, Los Angeles' Outfest, Palm Springs International Film Festival of Shorts, Clermont-Ferrand and the New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles International Latino Film Festivals.
In mid-2008, we worked again with Oceano as part of the production team of MTV Films’ (in association with Bunim-Murray Productions) feature film Pedro written by Academy Award Winner Dustin Lance Black (Milk). Pedro world premiered at the prestigious 2008 Toronto International Film Festival and had several screenings worldwide including the 2009 Berlin International Film Festival and the 2009 Palm Springs International Film Festival. The film was released worldwide across multiple platforms in 2009.
Also in 2009, we released El Primo (The Cousin) on DVD and VOD worldwide. The film was subsequently released on television and continues to be broadcast in select territories around the world.
In late 2009, we completed production of our next project, Bedrooms, an evocative ensemble drama, in association with Cima Productions’ Youssef Delara and Victor Teran and Olmos Productions’ Michael D. Olmos.
Bedrooms world premiered at the 2010 Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival. The film was greatly received in the festival circuit, winning several awards, including Best Feature Film at New York’s ACEFEST and Florida’s Naples International Film Festivals, as well as serving as the Closing Night Selection at the Bel-Air Film Festival in Los Angeles.
We released Bedrooms in late 2010 on CBS Television’s SHOWTIME Networks and HBO's Cinemax Networks internationally and was released on DVD and VOD in 2011.
In 2012, we celebrated our 10th anniversary and completed our next project Twenty Bucks from writer/director Jesus Beltran, in association with Zumpango Films. Twenty Bucks world premiered at the 2013 Oakland International Film Festival and had a phenomenal film festival run from coast-to-coast with screenings at the New York UrbanWorld Film Fest, the San Francisco Latino International Film Festival, the Lone Star Film Festival, where it won Best Short Film and the Houston WorldFest, where it garnered the Gold Remi Award for best drama.
Looking towards the future, we are now in active development on two feature film projects: Nick Oceano's Finding Albie Finch and Bill Deasy’s Ransom Seaborn, based on his award-winning novel.
about our founder
Alex Castillo hails from Chicago and started his professional career in brand management working for Procter & Gamble, PepsiCo and Kraft Foods, where he successfully managed leading global brands including Pantene, Gatorade, Gillette and Kraft Cheese.
In 2002, he founded Castle2000 Films with the mission to produce groundbreaking films that entertain, inspire and promote social and cultural diversity. Concurrently, Alex made his acting debut in the 2003 Walt Disney Pictures’ hit movie Holes starring Shia LaBeouf and Sigourney Weaver and has appeared in dozens of commercials, films and television shows. His credits include Criminal Minds, 24, The Shield, Monk, House of Lies, The Expendables, Knight and Day and Night at the Museum.
Alex is a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) and Producers Guild of America, The Actors Equity Association, the National Association of Latino Independent Producers and the National Society of Hispanic MBAs.