Jonathan Cuartas was born in Miami, Florida. He grew up going to the movie theater and creating graphic novels out of computer paper. With an undying passion for storytelling, Jonathan pursued a degree in film. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Film Production at The School of Entertainment and Design Technology. Jonathan directed his first independent short film, "The Pallor", Fall 2013. It was selected at several film festivals around the region. Jonathan always collaborates with his brother, Michael Cuartas, co-producer and cinematographer. After "Twelve Traditions" Jonathan began conceptualizing a feature projected to shoot 2016.
Michael Cuartas, named Best Cinematographer at Filmgate's I'm Not Gonna Move to LA for his work on the short film TWELVE TRADITIONS, started his career as a camera operator.
In 2013, Michael operated the short film FATHER. After working on that project, he fell in love with lighting and went on to co-produce and shoot the short film THE PALLOR, written and directed by his brother Jonathan Cuartas. The film was selected by various film festivals including the Miami Short Film Festival, where it was lauded with a Best Local Film Nomination.
In 2014, Michael shot the short film TOP SHELF, starring PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN veteran, Martin Klebba. The film took the Best Technical Achievement Award at CinemaSlam, a branch of the Miami International Film Festival. Later that year, he teamed up with his brother once again to co-produce and shoot TWELVE TRADITIONS. The film was featured at the Cannes Short Film Corner and won the Grand Jury Prize at the West of Cannes Film Festival in 2015. That Fall, he earned a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree with Honors in Film Production.
In 2015, Michael co-directed and shot a music video for the metal band Forty Winters. The video was featured on Lambgoat, one of the top media outlets for heavy metal on the web. Towards the end of the year, he was key grip on Jonathan's most recent short film KURU, starring Mark Ashworth.
ichael and Jonathan recently showed both of their short films in Little Rock at the Fantastic Cinema and Craft Beer Festival, and took home a Blood, Sweat, & Tears Award, as a memento of their passion and dedication to the craft.
Michael is starting pre-production for the feature length adaptation of the short film KURU. He will be the cinematographer and co-producer of the film.