Zaldivar completed both his BFA and a Masters Fine Arts at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he has also taught as an adjunct faculty. Mr. Zaldivar’s work is often interactive and crosses boundaries in mediums and disciplines.
His work has been screened at many festivals worldwide and has received awards from The Jerome Foundation, The New York State Council on the Arts, The New York Foundation for the Arts, The Lucius and Eva Eastman Fund, Tiger Tail Productions and has been commissioned through initiatives of The National Endowment for the Arts, The Florida Dance Festival, The Public Broadcasting Service and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, among others.
His student film works received kudos from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. Mr. Zaldivar has served as a Juror for the Sundance Film Festival and for The Miami Int’l Film Festival and has served in several boards of directors for arts organizations. He is a Sundance Film Institute Fellow. He is an experienced media outreach strategist. He is the co-founder and programming director of The Florida Room Documentary Film Festival, an event solely dedicated to social issue documentaries. His directing credits also include “90 Miles,” a feature documentary airing on PBS’s award-winning series, “POV”; “The Story of the Red Rose” (Showtime), “Palingenesis” and the controversial “Soldiers Pay,” co-directed with David O. Russell and Tricia Regan, which was aired by the Independent Film Channel (IFC) and is being distributed by Cinema Libre. His art work has been exhibited at Scope Miami, Deluxe Arts Gallery, Marina Kessler Gallery, Dot Fiftyone Gallery and Chelsea Art Space in London, among others. Other credits include:
• Prime-time television directing credits on ABC network and WE(Women’s Entertainment Network)
• Award-winning sound design work on Academy Award nominated feature films such as
Ang Lee’s “Sense and Sensibility” and Nanette Burstein and Bret Morgan’s “On the ropes”
• An Emmy nomination for his sound design work on an HBO special about the war on drugs, among others