Marvin Lemus is an award-winning screenwriter, director, and producer with a passion for telling unapologetic stories. Lemus’ eclectic body of work ranges between the film festival circuit and the digital world. Most recently, Lemus co-created and directed GENTEFIED, a bilingual digital series executive produced by MACRO (Fences, Mudbound) and America Ferrera. Gentefied premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and is currently being developed as a half-hour comedy for television after a six-network bidding war. Additionally, Lemus is an alum of the 2017 Sony Diverse Director's Program and is a current fellow of the ‘18-’20 Disney/ABC Directors Fellowship.
Lemus' career started after directing his undergraduate thesis film. It was terrible and incredibly unfunny. Determined to learn how to “guarantee a laugh”, Lemus adopted the "Robert Rodriguez Method" of film making and obsessively wrote, produced, directed, edited, and sometimes acted in close to 200 digital sketches, short films, and web series. During that time, Lemus studied at the Upright Citizen's Brigade Theatre which is where he met the other founding members of the award-winning sketch group, THE KIDS TABLE (TKT). Lemus was a performer and sole producer, director, and editor of TKT. Over the course of three years, TKT's social satire and topical parodies garnered over 1 million views and was frequently featured on Huffington Post, Gizmodo, and Buzzfeed, and Funny or Die to name a few. They even won a free trip to Switzerland once to receive an award for a video he shot in his living room with 50 bucks. Best ROI ever.
Lemus’ success with low-budget videos quickly led to rent-paying work in digital comedy led to working with rising comedy stars including Lilly Singh, Lil’ Rel Howery, Harley Morenstein (Epic Meal Time), SuperEeego. Lemus also directed successful viral videos for brands such as Vogue, Anheuser-Busch, Nissan, MLB, Time, and the wildly successful digital campaign for the feature film, DEAR WHITE PEOPLE, which received over 8 million views and was cited in exit polls as the #1 reason people saw the film in theaters.
Lemus is a Film Independent Project Involve Alumni, but only after applying six years in a row. It was as a Project Involve Fellow that he was able to direct the short film, VÁMONOS. Vámonos went on to screen internationally in over 40 film festivals and won awards at NBCUniversal Short Film Festival, Frameline40, and a prestigious Imagen Award. The awards have gone a long way towards validating that he can, in fact, guarantee a laugh.
Lemus is a Mexican + Guatemalan-American anchor-baby born in the hot AF desert of Bakersfield, CA.
P.S. He is still eligible for any 30 under 30 lists (in case you’re looking).