Luis Gutierrez

Born in El Paso, Texas, and raised in Juarez, Mexico, Luis has spent his life living between borders; political, social, and cultural. An early curiosity and sensitivity towards the arts led him to pursue a career as an illustrator. Since he was a kid he started developing his skills in plastic arts. After a couple of classes, workshops, and exhibitions he decided that it was in Art that he would make a living. As young as age 15 his illustrative works started to appear in local publications from Art zines to local comics and others. This drive to become a better illustrator slowly turned into a passion to become a Cinematographer. He chose Cinematography as an educational path in his filmmaking career because it marries two of his strongest passions: Film and Illustration. The border in which he grew up always helped him keep a mindset grounded in reality. Not too many Cinematographers have come from his hometown. His dream is to be able to portray that place in a sincere yet beautiful way. For him, filmmaking is not just Art, not just a medium for storytelling. Film is a conversation through which he seeks to deliver messages — themes that strive to push society forward.


Project Description:

This Care of Mine is a senior project short film spearheaded by Luis and his dearest classmates. Along with them he’s had the wonderful opportunity to see the project from ideation to post-production. They are currently working on editing the short film and doing everything they can to make it festival-worthy. His role in the project is Director of Photography. As such, he is in charge of translating the director’s vision into tangible images. They strongly believe that this project will be successful in the festival circuit and thus bring recognition to the CMI and NMSU; it will also be the perfect ticket into graduate school for Luis.



  • Project description, timeline, and milestones developed with mentor; on file with DSP
  • Complete half of project milestones
  • Complete project
  • Attend a professional conference (without presenting)
  • Present scholarly work at conference, exhibition, recital, film festival, reading, etc.
  • Promote #DiscoveryScholars ten times on social media
  • Apply for an artist residency


Luis’ mentor: Sherwin Lau

Sherwin Lau is an award-winning filmmaker and educator based in New Mexico. Since 2006, he has worked on feature films, documentaries, commercials and music videos and has collaborated with filmmakers all around the world. He has worked for clients such as Warner Brothers Pictures, Columbia Pictures, Fueled By Ramen, Blackmagic Design, Crush, and Gypsy City Music. His professional work has been featured in prestigious film publications like American Cinematographer. Sherwin is a DaVinci Resolve Certified Trainer and a professional member of the Colorist Society International. In addition to his filmmaking career, he teaches undergraduate courses in Editing, Color Grading, Sound Design, Cinematography, Producing, Documentary and Short Film Production. He is excited to be guiding Luis through his short film as a Discovery Scholar.