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Celebrated filmmaker, artist, and musician, Sergio Arau was born in Mexico City. He is the writer/producer/director of the hit independent feature film “A Day Without a Mexican,” which was released in the USA on May 14th, 2004, and distributed by Televisa Cine. Sergio and his wife, writer/actress Yareli Arizmendi, have been the subject of national media attention for their roles in that controversial film. Sergio and Yareli have been written about in such major print mediaas the Wall Street Journal, the LA Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Associated Press; and been the subjects of stories airing on such major TV media as CNN, CBS News with Dan Rather, and the Fox News Network's “Hannity and Colmes” show, to name just some. Sergio received his MFA in Film Studies at the National School of Film (CUEC), Mexico City. A highly recognized visual artist and political cartoonist, he won the Coral De Plata award at the Havana Film Festival with his animated short “El Muro," ”The Wall” (2001.) An accomplished musician as well, Sergio formed Botellita De Jerez (1983) a group that focused humor and Mexican traditional music with the contemporary sounds of rock'n'roll. In 1998, Sergio won the MTV Award for Café Tacuba's “Alarmala De Tos” (a song Botellita had made famous ten years before.) Arau's group is considered the precursor of the “Rock-en' Espanol” movement.     Among his many awards, Sergio's comic strip “El Muro” received first prize at the XVIII International Salon of Cartoons (Montreal, Canada) and his cartoon “El Preso” received first honors at the Bi-Annual House of Humor in Gabrovo, Bulgaria. Sergio coined the phrase “ART-NACO,” which is still a style emulated by many of today's most popular artists. His paintings adorn the homes of some of Mexico 's elite artists and Intellectuals. In 1985, Sergio opened “Rockotitlan,” Mexico 's first “Rock-en” Espanol” nightclub. In 1990, his book “La Netafisica” (a collection of his cartoons and illustrations) was published, and in 1992, he founded his “Heavy-Mex” group “La Venganza De Moctezuma.” In 1994, Sergio produced and directed the video for his own hit song, “Viajo Sin Brujula” and gained a reputation as a film director/producer. He went on to create videos for such diverse groups as Café Tacuba, El Gran Silencio, Pepe Aguilar, Banda Maguey, Grupo Mojado, and Jose Manuel Figueroa, among others.     In 1998, Sergio wrote, produced, and directed (along with Yareli,) the mockumentary short film “A Day Without a Mexican,” a project commissioned by the Fine Arts Museum of Chicago. That same year, he also won the MTV Award – Best Rock Video, for directing Café Tacubas's “Alarmala De Tos” (a song composed by Arau). In 1999, “Casas y Gente” Magazine stated that Sergio Arau was “destined to be the painter of the next millennium.” The Conga Room, a nightclub at L.A. Live in Los Angeles, owned by Jennifer Lopez and Jimmy Smits among others commissioned Sergio to design the club.  Many of his murals and art pieces now decorate the space.  In 2014 he started his new musicl project, Sergio Arau & Los Heavy Mex, a combination of Heavy sound with Mexican regional instruments, accordion, violin, jaranas and humor. This band debuted on "Lucha Underground" wrestlking T.V. show on the El Rey Network playing as the house band for multiple episodes. Shortly after they succesfully performed their first real show at the Semana de las Juventudes festival, in the Zocalo, Mexico City for 70 thousand people. The are currently working in a new record and playing a string of shows. In September 2015 he had ad painting show at the Museo de las Artes (Musa) in Guadalajara on which was a retrospective of his visual artwork, since the 70s. As Well as his music he is working with his partner Yareli Arizmendi the scripts for new movies; “Another Day Without a Mexican” and “Mariachi Go Home”.

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