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J. Budro Partida is an Emmy award-winning video producer and filmmaker from Austin, Texas. He has worked professionally in television and media production for nearly 25 years. His spectrum of work includes client commercial production, short films, various music videos, online promotional materials and multiple television series, including the Emmy award-winning late night TV series, "Austin After Hours". He is an 8-time Telly Award winner (including a Silver Telly), and has garnered multiple industry awards throughout his career. A life-long film student and cinephile, he is extremely passionate about the horror genre. His 2019 werewolf short, "Bewere", won "Best Horror Short", "Best Cinematography", "Best Special FX" and "Audience Choice Award" at the 2019 San Antonio Horrific Film Fest and the film is nominated and selected in various other film festivals throughout 2020. His short horror film, "Hi, Penny", received five nominations and won "Best Horror Short" at the 2018 San Antonio Horrific Film Fest. His horror trailer, "Deadman", placed 3rd at the 2019 Texas Frightmare Weekend Trailer Showcase. He is also the owner and founder of PennyRock Productions LLC.
Budro can be described in few words: punk rock, tattoos, and zombie flicks. Growing up reading Tales from the Crypt and Stephen King novels, his love for horror grew at a very young age. He is an avid and compulsive dvd collector, with nearly 1350 titles in his collection. His favorite films include Night of the Living Dead (1968), Creepshow (1982), Dracula (1931), The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1971), A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), Friday the 13th (1980), and White Zombie (1932).
He currently resides in a suburb outside Austin, Texas, married to his wife, Monica, along with his two children, Penelope and Miles, where they are currently awaiting the zombie apocalypse in his cul-de-sac.
Semi-Finalist
The Hole
The Black Country Two Minute Lockdown Film Festival
2020
Official Selection
Bewere
VideoScream International Film Festival
Portland, OR
2020
Official Selection, Nominee Best Horror Comedy
Bewere
Oregon Scream Week Horror Film Festival
Portland, Oregon
2020
Official Selection
Bewere
Houston Horror Film Festival
Houston, Texas
2020
Winner Best Horror Short, Winner Audience Choice Award, Winner Best Special FX, Winner Best Cinematography
Bewere
San Antonio Horrific Film Fest
San Antonio
2019
Best Short
Hi, Penny
San Antonio Horrific Film Fest
San Antonio
2018
College
University of Texas
RTF
Birth Date
November 25, 1978
Nickname
Budro
Birth City
Harlingen, Texas
Current City
Austin, Texas
Hometown
Brownsville, Texas
His son's middle name is Gunnar, named after original Leatherface actor, Gunnar Hansen, from "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre". His daughter's first name is Penelope (or Penny), named after Pennywise the Clown from Stephen King's "IT".
Budro's daughter, Penny, was born on a Friday the 13th. To commemorate the occasion, he got a tattoo of Hello Kitty wearing the signature Jason mask, complete with bloody machete.
Is an avid dvd collector with over 1,350 titles in his collection, with a majority of them being horror. He once ripped out a walk-in closet and built custom shelving to convert it into a dvd library.
His favorite band is The Misfits. He has the band's signature logo, the Crimson Ghost, tattooed on his right forearm. After a show at the House of Blues in Dallas, TX, the band's co-founder and bassist, Jerry Only, autographed his name right above the tattoo. Budro went straight to a tattoo shop from the show and got the autograph tattooed over.
Has a tattoo of Bela Lugosi on his left forearm.
Collects reprints of EC Comics horror titles from the 1950's including "Tales From The Crypt", "The Vault of Horror" and "The Haunt of Fear".
Made his first film at 14 years old with friends for a creative writing class in high school. It was the only film in the class that had a music score soundtrack, title cards and was edited completely in-camera with a vhs camcorder.
Directed, shot and edited the music video, "See Aloud" by The Barebones Orchestra.
His nickname, "Budro", is a modified version of the Cajun name "Boudreaux".
Every year for Halloween, he displays a full size zombie in his front yard. His daughter affectionately named the zombie, Miguel, after a boy in her class.
Is a Chicago Cubs fan. He proposed to his wife, Monica, on Wrigley Field.
Awards include: 2018 San Antonio Horrific Film Fest- "Hi, Penny". WINNER "Best Short", Nominee "Best Editing", Nominee "Best Cinematography", Nominee "Best Actress", Nominee "Best Producer", Nominee "Best Director" . 2018 Lone Star Emmy Nomination (Arts/Entertainment-Program/Special). 2018 Bronze Telly Award (TV Entertainment), 2018 AWM Nominee (Best Producer), 2018 Max Award Nominee (Best TV Ad-Travisso), 2017 Bronze Telly Award (TV Commercial), 2017 AWM Winner (Best Producer), 2017 AWM Winner (Best Visual TV Spot), 2016 Bronze Telly Award (Not-for-Profit), 2016 Bronze Telly Award (Video - Safety), 2016 AWM Winner (Best Producer), 2015 Austin Ad Fed Big Wig Nominee, 2015 AWM Winner (Best Producer), 2015 AWM Nominee (Best Visual TV Spot), 2015 AWM Nominee (Best TV PSA), 2014 AWM Winner (Best Producer), 2014 Austin Ad Fed Big Wig Nominee, 2013 Bronze Telly Award, 2013 AWM Nominee (Best Producer), 2013 AWM Nominee (Best Visual TV Spot), 2012 Gold Hermes Creative Award, 2012 AWM Nominee (Best Producer), 2011 Gold Marcom Award, 2011 Gold Hermes Creative Award, 2011 AWM Nominee (Best Producer), 2011 AWM Nominee (Best TV Spot), 2010 Platinum Ava Award, 2010 Silver Davey Award, 2010 Bronze Telly Award, 2010 Gold Hermes Award, 2010 AWRT Nominee (Best Producer), 2010 AWRT Nominee (Best TV Spot), 2009 Bronze Telly Award, 2008 AWRT Award (Best TV Spot), 2007 Gold AVA Award, 2007 AWRT Nomination (Best TV Spot), (4) Time Warner Cable Constellation Awards between 2000-2004, 1999 KVEO-TV Production Employee of the Year Award
"They're coming to get you, Barbara." -Johnny (Russ Streiner), "Night of the Living Dead"
"Steal from the best." - Francis Ford Coppola
Losers always whine about their best. Winners go home and f*** the prom queen. -John Patrick Mason (Sean Connery), "The Rock"
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