Writer in Residence
Raul began his directorial and writing career in theatre. His critically acclaimed play In The Eyes of God was published by Talon books in 2007. Other plays include: FOR WHAT WE REAP, COP PLAY, WALTER, and SURVEILLANCE.
His produced screenplays include Convergence, The Final Cut, The Falling, Icarus, SUDDENLY and Vice.
The Falling was Raul's feature film directorial debut. He was nominated for the Claude Jutra Award for Best First Time Director, The City TV Award for Best First Director at the Toronto Film Festival, and the Best First and Second Film Award at the Chicago Film Festival. His second feature film, Vice, premiered at the world famous Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles and opened theatrically in the US and Canada. Dennis Hopper called the film “One of the best cop films I have seen”.
To promote the 2010 Winter Olympics, Raul was commissioned to produce and direct the short film, DUET which has also been screened in Berlin and across the U.K.
His third film, TRANSPARENCY, starred Lou Diamond Phillips, Estella Warren and Deborah Kara Unger. It won best director at the 2011 Leo awards.
Recently, Raul completed being story editor and writer on season two of the TV show CONTINUUM. His script for the film, AMERICAN HEIST, staring Adrien Brody and Hayden Christensen, was shot this summer while his script for, Five Minutes To Live, will be directed by Jan De Bont and stars John Cusack, which shoots next year.
Currently, Raul is attached to direct the feature films: THE APOLOGIST and DIVORCE PARTY.