Alonso Mayo

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Alonso Mayo
Alonso Mayo Irvine Fim Festival.jpg
Mayo at 2013 Irvine International Film Festival
Born December 30, 1978
Lima, Peru
Occupation Film director, screenwriter
Education Lawrence High School
Alma mater University of Lima
AFI Conservatory
Notable works The Story of Luke

Alonso Mayo (born December 30, 1978) is a Peruvian film director and screenwriter best known for his independent film The Story of Luke. He has won a Student Academy Award (for Wednesday Afternoon).[1]

Early life[edit]

Mayo was born in Lima, Peru and grew up traveling back and forth between Peru and Lawrence, Kansas while his mother, special education teacher Liliana Mayo, did her post-graduate studies at the University of Kansas. Mayo graduated from Lawrence High School.[2]

Mayo received a B.A. from University of Lima, where he majored in film and journalism.[3] He received a M.F.A. in film directing from the American Film Institute Conservatory.[4] His thesis film Wednesday Afternoon, starring Jose Yenque and Jeffrey Licon,[5] was official selection of the Deauville American Film Festival,[6] Camerimage Film Festival[7] and won a Directors Guild of America Student Award[8] as well as the Gold Medal in the Narrative category of the 2005 Student Academy Awards.[9][10]


Mayo co-directed the Southern Poverty Law Center's Teaching Tolerance documentary Viva La Causa, about the life of Cesar Chavez,[11][12][13] which was shortlisted for the 2008 Academy Awards.[14] In 2010, Mayo directed the dramatic web series Untitled Fiction Project about the aftermath of an affair. The 13 episode series was shot using structured improvisation.[15] The storyline was later continued in 2013's Untitled Murder Project 2.0, a 36 episode experiment in nonlinear storytelling.[16][17]

Mayo directed his first feature film in 2011, the comedy-drama The Story of Luke about a young man with autism on a quest for a job and a girlfriend, starring Lou Taylor Pucci, Seth Green, Cary Elwes and Kristin Bauer.[18][19][20] The film was inspired by Mayo's experiences with young men and women on the autism spectrum at Centro Ann Sullivan del Perú as seen in his research documentary Just Like Anyone.[21][22] The Story of Luke premiered at the 2012 San Diego Film Festival, where it won Best Film.[23] It went on to win over 20 film festival awards and was released theatrically and on demand in 2013 by Gravitas Ventures.[24]

Mayo teaches film directing and screenwriting at New York Film Academy's Los Angeles Campus.[25]


Year Title Director Producer Writer Notes
2004 Wednesday Afternoon (short film) Yes No Yes
2008 Viva La Causa (documentary) Yes No No
2008 Just Like Anyone (documentary) Yes No No
2010 Untitled Fiction Project (web series) Yes No No
2012 The Story of Luke Yes No Yes
2013 Untitled Murder Project 2.0 (web series) Yes No Yes


  1. ^ "Road to Hollywood: Student Academy Award accelerates Lawrence director's cinematic career". Lawrence Journal-World. Retrieved 10 June 2005. 
  2. ^ "Life story: Lawrence native's film opens across U.S.". Lawrence Journal-World. Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "Alonso Mayo realizes filmmaking dream". The Herald-Mail. Retrieved 5 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "2005 AFI Alumni and Fellows Awards & Honors". AFI Conservatory. Retrieved 2005.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  5. ^ "Wednesday Afternoon (2004/I)". IMDb. Retrieved 2004.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  6. ^ "Deauville Film Festival Awards for 2004". IMDb. Retrieved 2004.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  7. ^ "CAMERIMAGE 2004". Camerimage. Retrieved 2004.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  8. ^ "DGA Announces Winners of 10th Annual Student Filmmakers Awards". Directors Guild of America. Retrieved 19 October 2004. 
  9. ^ "AMPAS Names 32nd annual Student Academy Awards Winners". Indiewire. Retrieved 14 June 2005. 
  10. ^ "Student Film Award Winners" (PDF). Student Academy Awards. Retrieved 2004.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  11. ^ "Viva la Causa in Production". Southern Poverty Law Center. Retrieved 11 July 2008. 
  12. ^ "Academy's Contemporary Docs Series Examines Fiscal Responsibility and Farmworkers' Rights". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 12 May 2010. 
  13. ^ "Viva la causa (2008)". IMDb. Retrieved 2008.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  14. ^ "8 Doc Shorts Shortlisted for 2008 Oscars®". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 8 October 2008. 
  15. ^ "Untitled Fiction Project Ditches the Script for Weekly Series". GigaOM. Retrieved 10 October 2010. 
  16. ^ "A NEW WAY TO TELL STORIES: LET THE VIEWER CHOOSE THE STRUCTURE". Film Independent. Retrieved 10 October 2013. 
  17. ^ "Untitled Murder Project 2.0 – interview with creator of interactive web series". BZFilm. Retrieved 15 October 2013. 
  18. ^ "Seth Green On 'The Story of Luke,' Autism, 'Star Wars' & More". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 6 April 2013. 
  19. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: Seth Green and Lou Taylor Pucci Talk The Story of Luke". MovieWeb. Retrieved 5 April 2013. 
  20. ^ "Luke tells his story at Shadows". The Sault Star. Retrieved 1 March 2013. 
  21. ^ "Seth Green to Star Opposite Lou Taylor Pucci in 'The Story of Luke'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 17 August 2011. 
  22. ^ "Autism Gets Hollywood Treatment In 'Story Of Luke'". Disability Scoop. Retrieved 4 April 2013. 
  23. ^ "'THE STORY OF LUKE' TAKES TOP PRIZE AT SAN DIEGO FILM FESTIVAL". UTSanDiego. Retrieved 6 October 2012. 
  24. ^ "'The Story of Luke' Team Goes for the Humor". Variety. Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  25. ^ "NYFA Instructor Wins Big at San Diego Film Festival". New York Film Academy. Retrieved 1 October 2012. 

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