Jesús Salvador Treviño

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Jesús Salvador Treviño
Treviño at the 2013 Imagen Awards
Born (1946-03-26) March 26, 1946 (age 69)
El Paso, Texas, U.S.
Occupation Film/television director
Years active 1980–present[1]

Jesús Salvador Treviño (born March 26, 1946 in El Paso, Texas) is an American television director of Mexican descent.[2]

He is alternatively credited under a number of names: Jesus Salvador Trevino, Jesus Trevino, Jesus Travino, Jesus Treviño, Jesús S. Treviño and Jesús Treviño.

Early career[edit]

Jesús Treviño began his career in film and television as a student activist documenting the 1960s Chicano civil rights struggle with a super-8 camera. Throughout the late sixties and early seventies, he was both a participant in and a chronicler of the events and issues of that time.

His national PBS documentaries about Latinos and the Chicano struggle include Chicano Moratorium Aftermath (1970), The Salazar Inquest (1970), América Tropical (1971), Yo Soy Chicano (1972), La Raza Unida (1972), and Birthwrite (1979).[1]

He wrote and directed the Mexican feature film Raíces de sangre (Roots of Blood) (1979) and Seguín (1982), an American Playhouse drama of the Alamo saga told from a Mexican American point of view.


As a Hollywood director, Treviño has directed a number of episodes from the television series Resurrection Blvd., Babylon 5, Bones, Star Trek: Voyager, seaQuest DSV, Crossing Jordan, Third Watch and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

He has also directed episodes from over thirty other series, including Criminal Minds, Prison Break, The O.C., ER, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Dawson's Creek, Chicago Hope and NYPD Blue.

Treviño is a member of the Directors Guild of America (DGA) and served on its National Board during the 2009–2011 term as a Board Member.[3] As of 2015, he serves as an Alternate Board Member.[4] He was co-founder of the DGA Latino Committee[5] and has also served on the Western Council of Directors and on the DGA Negotiating Committee in 2004, 2007, 2011 and 2014. He was honored with a Lifetime Tribute at the DGA in 2009.[1]

Other activities[edit]

Treviño is an author. His memoir Eyewitness: A Filmmaker's Memoir of the Chicano Movement (Hispanic Civil Rights) was published in 2001.[6] The book chronicles his experiences as an activist filmmaker during the turbulent 1960s and also addresses the status of United States Latinos in the year 2000 and beyond.

His short story collections include The Fabulous Sinkhole and Other Stories (1995),[7] The Skyscraper That Flew (2005)[8] and Return to Arroyo Grande (2015).

All of his books have been published by Arte Público Press, a publisher that also makes their titles available direct online.

As a producer, he co-executive produced the PBS documentary series, Chicano! History of the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement (1997) and the Showtime series, Resurrection Blvd. (2000–2003).

Treviño is founder and publisher of the website Latinopia is a video-oriented website on Chicano/Latino history, art, literature, music, theater, cinema and food.


Treviño has won dozens of national and international awards and recognition. Among awards of note, he won two DGA awards for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Shows – Daytime for CBS Schoolbreak Special episode "Gangs (#5.4)" and for Lifestories: Families in Crisis episode "Power: The Eddie Matos Story". In 2002 he won two ALMA awards, one for Outstanding Director of a Television Drama or Comedy for episode "Adam 553" of series Third Watch (not to be confused with the TV movie Thirdspace, which he also directed), and an ALMA as Co-Executive Producer of Resurrection Blvd. for Outstanding Television Series.[9]

In 1991, his film, Raíces de Sangre (Roots of Blood), was included in an anthology of the 25 Most Significant Films of Latin American Cinema at the 36th Annual International Film Festival of Valladolid, Spain.[1] In 1993 he was honored with an homage at the Montevideo International Film Festival in Montevideo, Uruguay.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d The Directors Guild of America and Byron Gamarro (2009-11-02). "Jesus Salvador Trevino 'Full Circle' (A Latino Committee Event)". Los Angeles, CA, US: Directors Guild of America, Inc. Archived from the original on 2015-03-26. Retrieved 2015-03-26. ... He received his second DGA Award in 1994 for the HBO Lifestories, Families in Crisis episode 'P.O.W.E.R., The Eddie Matos Story.' ... The audience got to see snippets of that work via a montage of retrospective clips from Treviño's career edited together by Armando Acevedo. ... After the discussion, Latino Committee Co-Chair A. P. Gonzalez presented Treviño with both an official proclamation from the City of Los Angeles and a gift from the Committee. 
  2. ^ Nava, Yolanda (2000). "Ch. 2 'Respect' Respeto § 'Jesus Treviño, Director, Chicago Hope'". It's All In The Frijoles: 100 Famous Latinos Share Real–Life Stories, Time–Tested Dichos, Favorite Folktales, and Inspiring Words of Wisdom. New York: Fireside. p. 45. ISBN 978-0-6848-4900-3. LCCN 00024858. OCLC 43474998. Archived from the original on 2015-03-26. Retrieved 2015-03-26 – via Google Books. The squeaky wheel gets the grease in Hollywood, but our culture teaches us not to be squeaky wheels. 
  3. ^ The Directors Guild of America (2010-02-05). "DGA BASICS | OFFICERS rev 0210.01". Los Angeles, CA, US: Directors Guild of America, Inc. Archived from the original on 2010-02-05. 
  4. ^ The Directors Guild of America (2015-02-05). "[E]lected National Board of Directors". Los Angeles, CA, US: Directors Guild of America, Inc. Archived from the original on 2014-04-20. Retrieved 2015-03-26. The DGA is governed by an elected National Board of Directors made up of actively working DGA members and is managed by a professional staff of 140. 
  5. ^ The Directors Guild of America and Byron Gamarro (2013-10-03). "A Celebration of the History and Accomplishments of the Latino Committee". Los Angeles, CA, US: Directors Guild of America, Inc. Archived from the original on 2015-03-26. Retrieved 2015-03-26. Treviño, who joined the Guild in 1980, has served as a member of the DGA National Board, the Western Directors Council and is currently the Co-Chair of the DGA’s Diversity Task Force. His directing credits include: Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Criminal Minds, Bones, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and Resurrection Blvd., the first and longest-running Latino-themed dramatic series in the history of U.S. American television. 
  6. ^ Treviño, Jesús Salvador (2001-09-30). Eyewitness: A Filmmaker's Memoir of the Chicano Movement. Sixties--primary documents and personal narratives, 1960-1974. (Houston, TX, US: Arte Público Press). ISBN 978-1-5588-5349-2. LCCN 2001035545. OCLC 318833608. Archived from the original on 2015-03-26. Retrieved 2015-03-26. Mexican Americans -- Civil rights -- History -- 20th century. Chicano movement. United States -- Ethnic relations. 
  7. ^ Treviño, Jesús Salvador (1995-04-01). The Fabulous Sinkhole, and Other Stories. (Houston, TX, US: Arte Público Press). ISBN 978-1-5588-5129-0. LCCN 94039234. OCLC 31436348. Archived from the original on 2015-03-26. Retrieved 2015-03-26. Subjects: Mexican Americans -- Fiction. Los Angeles (Calif.) -- Fiction. Mexican Americans. Stories: The fabulous sinkhole -- Last night of the Mariachi -- An unusual malady -- The return of Pancho Villa -- Attack of the Lowrider Zombies -- The great pyramid of Aztlán. 
  8. ^ Treviño, Jesús Salvador (2005-09-30). The Skyscraper that Flew, and Other Stories. (Houston, TX, US: Arte Público Press). ISBN 1-5588-5444-4. LCCN 2005045262. OCLC 58919915. Archived from the original on 2015-03-26. Retrieved 2015-03-26. Subjects: Texas -- Social life and customs -- Fiction. Texas, West -- Fiction. Manners and customs. Stories: The skyscraper that flew -- We fix anything -- Subway to the future -- Miracle on Calle Nueve -- Chronicle of an alien abduction -- Man with no name -- A boogie woogie wedding cake -- Incident on Interstate 10. 
  9. ^ NCLR ALMA Awards (2014-09-18). "National Council of La Raza - 2002-recipients" (PDF). Washington, D.C., US: National Council of La Raza (NCLR) in association with Big Vida Entertainment. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2015-02-14. Retrieved 2015-03-26. [The] 2002 NCLR ALMA Awards, 7th NCLR ALMA Awards Presentation ... show was taped at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, CA on Saturday, May 18 at 8:00 p.m. The two-hour program aired on the ABC Network on Saturday, June 1 at 8/7c. 

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