Sebastian Gutierrez

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Sebastian Gutiérrez
Born (1974-09-10) September 10, 1974 (age 45)
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter, film producer
Years active1998–present
Partner(s)Carla Gugino (1996–present)

Sebastian Gutiérrez (born September 10, 1974) is a Venezuelan film director, screenwriter and film producer.[1] He wrote the screenplays to the films Gothika, Snakes on a Plane, The Eye and The Big Bounce, and wrote and directed two independent ensemble comedies, Women in Trouble and Elektra Luxx.

Gutiérrez has also won the Critics' Award at the Festival du Film Policier de Cognac for his directorial debut Judas Kiss.

In 2019, the Cinemax series Jett he created premiered, and he also wrote, directed as well as executive produced all of its episodes.


Gutiérrez wrote and directed one of the first motion pictures made expressly for internet distribution, the ensemble crime comedy Girl Walks into a Bar, starring Carla Gugino, Rosario Dawson, Robert Forster, Danny DeVito, Josh Hartnett and Alexis Bledel, among others. Gutiérrez cowrote a song for the film, "Only Bad Can Come", with composer Grant Lee Phillips.

As a screenwriter, he has written Gothika, Snakes on a Plane, The Eye, The Big Bounce and Hotel Noir.

He has written and directed two independent female-driven ensemble comedies, Women in Trouble[2] and Elektra Luxx, revolving around a group of Los Angeles women. The two movies are part of a trilogy with the third movie already announced, Women In Ecstasy. Carla Gugino stars as the namesake character Elektra Luxx, a recently retired porn star trying to figure out how to lead a "normal" life, along with Connie Britton, Julianne Moore, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Josh Brolin, Simon Baker, Emmanuelle Chriqui and Adrianne Palicki.

He is also the creator of the Cinemax crime drama TV series Jett, as well as the writer, director and executive producer of all of its episodes, which debuted in 2019 and stars Carla Gugino as the title character, a skilled ex-professional thief named Daisy "Jett" Kowalski.

Recurring actors[edit]

Gutiérrez usually works with a revolving company of actors which include:

Personal life[edit]

As of 1996, Gutiérrez has been dating his collaborator, actress Carla Gugino.[3][4][5] Gugino stated in 2009 that they had no plans to marry, commenting, "Marriage isn't important for us. We like being boyfriend and girlfriend; there's something sexy and fun about that. We're very much about, 'There’s nothing holding us here other than our desire to be together.'"[3]


Year Title Director Writer Producer Notes
1998 Judas Kiss Yes Yes No
2001 She Creature Yes Yes No TV movie
2003 Gothika No Yes No
2004 The Big Bounce No Yes No
Karen Sisco No Yes No Episode "Dog Day Sisco" (Unaired)
2006 Snakes on a Plane No Yes No
2007 Rise: Blood Hunter Yes Yes No
2008 The Eye No Yes No
2009 Women in Trouble Yes Yes Yes
Master of None Yes Yes Yes
2010 Tell-Tale No Yes No
Elektra Luxx Yes Yes Yes
2011 Girl Walks into a Bar Yes Yes Yes
2012 Hotel Noir Yes Yes Yes
2013 3 Days in Havana No No Executive
2018 Elizabeth Harvest Yes Yes No

Acting roles[edit]

Year Title Role
1994 The Upstairs Neighbor Eric
1995 Toughguy Eric Espinoza
1996 Wedding Bell Blues Gustavo

Awards and nominations[edit]


  1. ^ "The New York Times". The New York Times.
  2. ^ Joe Leydon (2009-03-30). "Women in Trouble". Variety. Retrieved 2009-05-20.
  3. ^ a b Bartolomeo, Joey (February 11, 2009). "Carla Gugino: The Most Beautiful People Laugh, Love and Have Great Sex". People.
  4. ^ Salto, Stephen (March 10, 2011). "Carla Gugino and Sebastian Gutierrez’s Life of 'Luxx'-ury". IFC.
  5. ^ Kirby, Brandon (September 28, 2012). "Carla Gugino, Kevin Connolly Attend Private Screening for 'Hotel Noir'". The Hollywood Reporter.

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