Cast & Crew: Martin Guigui
Born in Buenos Aires Argentina, son of Symphony Orchestra Conductor Efrain Guigui, Martin grew up in New York, Puerto Rico and Vermont. He began his film career while a student at Hofstra University and soon thereafter won several student film festival awards for his shorts and documentary films. Guigui worked the New York stand-up circuit, was an editor/sound engineer at ABC News and enjoyed acting stints, co-starring in the indie cult classic “Time Chasers.”
Guigui then wrote his first feature film, “MY X-GIRLFRIEND’S WEDDING RECEPTION” and went on to direct and star in the quirky comedy starring Dom DeLuise and Debbie Gibson. Tooted by Rolling Stone as the “Spinal Tap of wedding receptions”, “MY X-GIRLFRIEND’S WEDDING RECEPTION” has won critical acclaim in the Festival circuit garnering “Best Comedy” award at the Monte Carlo Film Festival and “Audience Favorite” awards at Palm Springs International Film Festival, Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, Milan International Film Festival and Temecula International Film Festival.
Guigui’s second directorial effort “CHANGING HEARTS” starring Faye Dunaway, Tom Skerritt, Lauren Holly, Ian Sommerhalder and Rita Coolidge enjoyed a limited theatrical run and was up for 3 Golden Globe nominations including "Best Song".
Martin just completed directing “SWING”, starring Jacqueline Bisset, Jonathan Winters, Tom Skerritt, Nell Carter, Barry Bostwick, Mindy Cohn and Innis Casey. "SWING" opened June 18th, 2004 in theatres nationwide.
A grounding quality of Martin Guigui’s heart and soul is his extensive musical background. As a pianist and Hammond B-3 organ player, he has performed and recorded beside John Lee Hooker, James Cotton, Joan Osborne, Bo Didley, Phish and Don McClean. Among others he has opened with his own group for Eddie Money, Talking Heads, Mathew Sweet, Steve Forbert and NRBQ and has produced The Slip, Jim Infintino, Jamie Lee Thurston, Gordon Stone, The Jalopeno Brothers, Kip Meaker and classical pianist Fritz Steinegger.
Guigui, a Grammy voting member of the National Academy of
Recording Arts and Sciences, has also built a reputation as a skilled
composer whose work has appeared in Independent Films, Network Television,
and National Radio. He has also had a long lasting and on going collaboration
with the Noodlehead Network, writing music for children’s
programming. He has received numerous Billboard Awards for his
songwriting, ASCAP Performance Awards and is the proud recipient
of a Caesar Award for his contribution as a Hispanic to the arts
in America. Martin is a member of The Directors Guild Of America
and won a Best Director award at the Latin USA Film Festival
in New York for his work on "SWING".
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