Director Arturo Rivera on his latest film “Intimate Recovery”

Arturo Rivera is a talented director and cinematographer, born and raised in the southwest side of Detroit, Michigan. He started his career as a photographer, and has been working in cinematography for three years. He has directed short films, music videos and recently began working in features. He is known for “Krampus: The Devil Returns” (2016), and music videos including Detroit artists Fausto and Jay OhSo. In this exclusive interview with NY Elite, director Arturo Rivera talks about his latest film project, titled “Intimate Recovery”. 

“For me filming is very intimate. I film the world as I see it and not how it is. I live to create. I’ve been filming for 3 years now. I started with photography but I craved more life and emotions in my images so one day I hit the record button. Shortly after I went through a devastating breakup which fueled my fire to paint the emotions I was going through on screen. The rest is history,” said director and cinematographer, Arturo Rivera.

NY Elite Interview with Director and Cinematographer Arturo Rivera

NY Elite: What projects are you currently working on?

Arturo Rivera: Right now I’m wrapping up a short filmed titled “Intimate Recovery” based on the published novel by author Michael Dadorian. Along with several music videos.

NY Elite: What is the new film “Intimate Recovery” about?

Arturo Rivera: The film is about a man struggling with addiction. As he dives deeper in his addictive state he begins to fight actual demons.

NY Elite: What is different about being in the director’s chair with this project?

Arturo Rivera: Being in the Directors chair along with being the cinematographer in this film is different because the producer and author of the book gave me 100 percent creative control. He trusts my vision.


Arturo Rivera, Photography by Jason Keomany

NY Elite: How did you go about casting for the film? Which actors stand out and why are they perfect for the role?

Arturo Rivera: The film stars Author Michael Dadorian playing himself. He took himself back to that state mentally in order to play the role of himself during his past. He grew out his beard, didn’t shower for days before certain scenes, I mean he totally took on the persona.

NY Elite: What makes a film great for you? Are there certain qualities that make a film better for you?

Arturo Rivera: For me a great film is all about the story. You don’t need to have a 100,000 camera and huge sets to tell a great story. You just need passion. And good lighting lol.

NY Elite: What special technique do you use to help guide actors?

Arturo Rivera: I don’t really have a special technique I use to help guide actors. It’s all about trust and having them feel comfortable. Whether it’s a film or a music video I always show them playback after a take so they can see how they will appear on screen. The love how it looks and they become motivated to keep doing it until it becomes 100 percent.


Director Arturo Rivera, Photo by @fernnoir

NY Elite: Have you thought about acting in your movies or in general?

Arturo Rivera: I act sometimes in my own projects, but that was early on in my career. When I was first starting to make a name for myself I had a lot of actors back out so I would have to step in. Now that I have some momentum going for my name in the city and my work is more well known I don’t really have that problem. People wanna be on screen now.

NY Elite: Top 3 favorite films/plays you have been involved in?

Arturo Rivera: My top 3 favorite projects I’ve been involved in were Krampus 2 the devil returns. I was one of the cinematographers in that movie. The other two are music videos I’ve filmed for Detroit artist “Fausto” and “Jay Ohso”. Those guys are so talented and they trust my visions.

NY Elite: Do you express yourself creatively in any other ways?

Arturo Rivera: Other ways I express my creativity is photography. I love going out on lonely nights or foggy mornings and just snapping.

NY Elite: What advice would you give to someone who wants to have a career in filmmaking?

Arturo Rivera: My advice I would give to any inspiring filmmaker is to never give up.

NY Elite: Any plans to direct another movie?

Arturo Rivera: I plan I directing a horror series this fall.

NY Elite: What can we expect from you in 2017?

Arturo Rivera: In 2017 you can expect an onslaught of music videos and short films. I’m just now beginning to hit my stride. I’m gunning for the top dogs in the industry.

NY Elite: Where can everyone keep up with you to learn more? …social media…website

Arturo Rivera: Follow me on Instagram @slanderking


Photo by Amy Cooper


Photo by @catchtheredghost


Director, Cinematographer Arturo Rivera

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