Ilan Arboleda (F'97)
Producer & Founding Partner
Ilan is an award winning feature film, documentary, and television producer. For the last nine years, he has served as the primary producer and founding partner at CreativeChaos vmg - a full service production company that specializes in feature documentaries with a focus on social impact. His films are deep-dives into systemic issues that culminate in calls to action - the idea that a film itself can help move the dial on cultural conversation. His Emmy nominated film Casting By, which premiered on HBOin 2013, directly helped create a new casting branch at the Motion Picture Academy and garnered its lead character the first ever Oscar for a casting director in 2017. With Thank You For Your Service, in theaters in 2016 (and Amazon), the idea of a Behavioral Health Corps in the military was first introduced and legislation based on this concept was incorporated into the 2019 National Defense Appropriations Act. The film Bleed Out, which premiered on HBOin 2018, took direct aim at a healthcare giant in the midwest and earned a handwritten apology from the company’s CEO for a decade of systemic failures. His upcoming film Los Tigres Del Norte at Folsom, a NETFLIX Originalpremiering this fall, takes on the incarceration of latinos in California’s prison system and demonstrates how music can enhance their lives. This Changes Everything, premiering this summer in theaters, is a film that grapples with the systemic discrimination of women in Hollywood and how on-screen representation matters on a global level. He is now deeply embedded in Denver in production on a feature documentary about gun violence, its connection to a culture of trauma, and its historic link to America’s violent past.
Previously, he was the COO of Go Go Luckey Entertainment, a television production company with more than two dozen series and hundreds of hours of programming to its name. Prior to that, he spent nine years as the managing partner and founder of Cinapse, a financing and production company that packaged and produced films around the globe. He was also a founder of Dynamo Capital, one of South America’s largest and most successful finance and production companies based in Bogota, Colombia. Ilan’s films have appeared in over fifty film festivals including Cannes, Sundance, Berlin, Toronto and New York and have been released theatrically, broadcast, and streamed in over 70 countries around the world. He holds a degree from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.