Alex M. Ferrufino
Alex M. Ferrufino is best known for the HBO Latinx-winning short film, Slipping Into Darkness. The film follows a young Mexican American named Juanito, who is struggling to provide for his family and not follow in his incarcerated father’s footsteps. Slipping Into Darkness was a breakout project for Alex Ferrufino and is loosely based on his rough upbringing in Los Angeles.
“If you want to be above the line you have to work your a** off”
After witnessing the killing of his friend at the age of sixteen, art was one of the only creative outlets Alex felt he had. He kept his drawings and love of comic books secret, which were considered “nerdy” among his peers. It wasn’t until after Alex graduated from high school, that Alex’s art gained the attention of a local director. The director asked Alex to help storyboard for a commercial shoot. Alex loved the process of creating a story through visual art and realized that he wanted to pursue filmmaking as a career. Alex graduated from the film program in 2010, and he continues to work on personal projects with his film partner and fellow alum, David Mansanalez. They hope to share their unique experiences and shed light on the stories that exist within the Latinx community.