Private Project

Painter of Dreams

  • Gabriel J. Medina
  • Gabriel J. Medina
  • Guillermo 'Yermo' Aranda
    Key Cast
  • Jimmy Rodriguez
    Key Cast
  • Wendy 'Birdie" Sabbatini
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    16 minutes 42 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    June 10, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    6,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Watsonville Film Festival
    United States
    June 15, 2021
    World Premiere
  • Big Sur Film Festival
    United States
    January 1, 2022
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Gabriel J. Medina

Gabriel J. Medina is a distinguished Mexican-American writer, director, and producer acclaimed for his compelling documentary “Painter of Dreams,” an Official Selection at NALIP. He has also impressed audiences with his captivating narrative short films “Disposable” and “Eternidad.” A graduate of the prestigious Peter Stark Producing program at USC, Gabriel brings a wealth of talent and expertise to his craft.

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Director Statement

In 'Painter of Dreams,' we delve into the extraordinary life and art of Guillermo Aranda, better known as Maestro Yermo—one of the most significant Chicano muralists of his generation. Referencing the socio-cultural backdrop of 1980s and '90s Watsonville, the film examines the resistance Yermo encountered for integrating Chicano and Indigenous elements into his murals—iconography often misunderstood or rejected by communities unfamiliar with these cultural signifiers.

I am thrilled to present this documentary as my directorial debut, co-helmed with Marcus Cisneros. We believe Maestro Yermo's story serves as a compelling testament to the importance of artistic resilience and cultural preservation. As portions of our history continue to be marginalized or erased, murals like Yermo's become more than art; they are vital affirmations of our heritage, our roots, and our cultura.

It is our hope that 'Painter of Dreams' inspires you as much as it has invigorated our own artistic journey, serving as a compelling reminder of the transformative power of art in chronicling and preserving cultural identities.