A son of hard working immigrants from Argentina and Mexico, Alessandro Gentile grew up in the San Gabriel Valley where he learned two languages and expanded his imagination for storytelling. Currently Gentile is a professional cinematographer working in Los Angeles. In 2000, Gentile received his Bachelors Degree in Film Studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara.
Gentile then choose to polish his cinematography skills at the University of California at Los Angeles where he spent two years concentrating on lighting, composition, camera movement, and HD video capture. Post graduation, Gentile has shot numerous Independent and commercial productions in the States and abroad. Currently, Gentile works in the commercial world. He has provided services to clients ranging from ‘Microsoft’ and ‘Hewlett Packard’ to ‘Nike’ and ‘Goodwill’ to ‘Kaiser Permanente’ and ‘LowRider Magazine’.
Gentile also provides his skills in the narrative cinematic form. In 2012 Gentile shot the original television pilot “Schitt’s Creek,” directed by Eugene Levy (featuring Chris Elliott and Catherine O’Hara) has gone on to film in Canada and is entering it’s third season, the short film, “Botes al Amanecer,” screened at The Canne Film Festival and winner of 3 best short film awards, “Marisol” a multi-award winning short film and an Academy Award qualifier. The “Marisol” script has been included into the Academy’s Margaret Herrick Library.
Recently, Gentile has completed the new dramatic feature film releasing on iTunes June 4th, “Trade” which tells the story of two men, one a streetwise hustler, the other a straight-laced lawyer, who meet and form a relationship that brings to light who they really are. Past projects that have hit Netflix in 2018 are “2307: Winter’s Dream”, “Eat Your Words”, “The Doll Life-Season 2” and “The Lost City of Cecil B. Demille” on Amazon Prime.
In 2014 Gentile co-founded the 501(c)3 Non-Profit ‘The Highland Park Independent Film Festival’ (www.hpifilmfest.com). Along with his partners they strive in bringing unique independent cinema to Northeast Los Angeles and educating youth in filmmaking.
On his off time Gentile enjoys spending time with his family in Burbank, California, hiking in the local mountains, playing tennis, surfing, riding a long board skateboard and participating in an occasional game of soccer.