Perez was the recipient of the prestigious Rockefeller Foundation/Tribeca Film Institute Emerging Artist Fellowship in support of his feature screenplay IMMACULATE CONCEPTION. Perez’ short film BETTY LA FLACA was the winner of the HBO/NYILFF Short Film Award and was broadcast across the HBO networks. Perez previous short film JULIETA Y RAMON was broadcast as part of the Showtime Latino Filmmaker Showcase, which spotlights the work of emerging Latino directors. Perez’ short film SEED was part of ITVS/PBS groundbreaking original online science fiction series FutureStates. Currently, Perez is in development on his feature film directorial debut, GABACHO with actor and co-writer Adrian Martinez (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Casa de Mi Padre, Flight of the Conchords). Perez has studied storytelling with Gabriel Garcia Marquez, collaborated with Pulitzer prize-winning novelist William Kennedy, and served as a guest artist for acclaimed theater director and artist Robert Wilson. His writing has been featured in the New York Times Magazine and Salon, and his films have screened at venues such as MoMA and the Smithsonian.
Perez was the recipient of the 2009 Estela Award for Documentary Filmmaking presented by NALIP – the National Association of Latino Independent Producers. Perez is Producer and Director of NEITHER MEMORY NOR MAGIC a feature documentary that explores the life, work, and legacy of the Hungarian poet Miklos Radnoti who died in 1944 during the Holocaust. The film is narrated by the Academy-Award Nominated® Patricia Clarkson and celebrated actor Viggo Mortensen. NEITHER MEMORY NOR MAGIC is the recipient of a 2010 NEH Chairman’s Grant. Perez is also the Producer and Director of the ITVS funded documentary SUMMER SUN WINTER MOON that had a national PBS broadcast. Perez recently served as Executive Producer of Rodrigo Reyes feature documentary PURGATORIO – a poetic and philosophical journey along the U.S. border with Mexico that was the recipient of a post-production grant from IMCINE, the Mexican Ministry of Film. Perez also served as Executive Producer of David Felix Sutcliffe’s documentary ADAMA that aired on PBS World in Fall 2011, and is currently Co-Director of Melissa Montero’s work-in-progress ISABEL looking at the life of 106 year-old Puerto Rican activist and freedom fighter Isabel Rosado.
Over the last few years, Perez has worked extensively as an Editor and Producer with VICE Magazine’s online media portals Vice.com and Motherboard.TV on a variety of branded content projects for clients such as Levis, Lexus, Converse, and many others. Perez was a co-producer and writer on “Dance Cuba: Dreams of Flight,” a feature documentary shot over the course of three years in Cuba on 24pHD which reflects on life in contemporary Cuba through the experiences of dancers and others involved in the Cuban dance world. In conjunction with The New York State Writer’s Institute, WMHT/Albany, and Pulitzer prize-winning novelist William Kennedy, he produced and directed “The Writer” a half hour series of video portraits of contemporary writers and poets that aired regionally on PBS stations. Between 1997 and 2001, Perez produced forty-eight episodes of “The Writer,”, spotlighting such writers as Russell Banks, Frank McCourt, Jamaica Kincaid, Margaret Atwood, Joyce Carol Oates, David Sedaris, Ken Kesey, Studs Terkel, Chinua Achebe, Andrea Barrett, George Plimpton, and many others. Perez currently serves on the board for the New York Council for the Humanities.
Perez is the host of “After Hours with Hugo Perez” – an ongoing series of lectures, panels, and conversations in New York City with writers, filmmakers, historians, and philosophers on Humanities themed topics. He is also the frequent guest host of the celebrated Stranger Than Fiction documentary series at New York City’s IFC Center. Perez has developed a Documentary Storytelling workshop that he has taught under the auspices of organizations such as the Tribeca Film Institute, the Association of Yale Alumni, and Docs DF in Mexico City. Perez has been selected as a cultural envoy for the U.S. State Department’s 2014 American Film Showcase program.