Marcelo Machado, Co-Director

Marcelo is a producer and director specializing in documentary and storytelling.

He began his career after in 1981, after studying Architecture at the São Paulo University. Marcelo along with former college classmate Fernando Meirelles formed the production company Olhar Eletrônico. The company was a pioneer of experimental video production in Brazil. Their award-winning videos such as “Marly Normal”, co-directed by Fernando Meirelles, and “Do Outro Lado da Sua Casa” put Olhar Eletrônico on the proverbial electronic broadcast map.

Marcelo left the company to work as the Programming Director of TV Gazeta. He later became Head of Production of public channel TV Cultura, and then helped launch MTV Brasil in1991. In the early 90’s, he changed the television industry for advertising when took over the Radio and Television Department of the advertising agency, DPZ. There, he produced domestic and international advertising campaigns. At DPZ he directed his firsts commercials and two documentaries (“No Limits” and “Around The World”) about a million-dollar cigarettes campaign showed at HBO Brasil.

Machado left the agency in 2000 to direct commercials and long form projects. His resume includes a TV series “Música Brasileira” and the documentary “Drum In Braz” for MTV Brazil. He has also directed the “Cláudio Zoli in Concert” project and in 2003 he received the Best Electronic Music Video Award (MTV Brasil prize for “Samba Sim”).

He then spent two years creating and co-directing the feature documentary “Ginga” an O2Films and Nike Entertainment co-production. Later he directed the documentaries “The Pure Spirit of Brazil” for O2 Films and executive producer Fernando Mereilles, then “Trip to Anhui” about a personal journey in China for Bossa Nova Films.

In 2008, he helmed the documentary “Oscar Niemeyer, an Invention Master” for Abril Cultural. And in 2009 he directed the special “Piano, a 300 History” for SESV TV.

For the past 18 months he has been hard at work on the feature documentary “Tropicália” a Bossa Nova and Revolution Films co-production to be launched in 2011.

He lives in Sao Paulo with his wife and family.


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