Julio Deras was born in El Salvador. He immigrated to East Palo Alto with his family when he was 4. Julio earned his BA in Geography from San Francisco State University where he also minored in Film Studies. After graduating from college, Julio wrote, produced, and directed a few short films in the Bay Area then pursued film projects in El Salvador where he directed a documentary about civil war survivors and activists. While in El Salvador, Julio interned with Academy Award Winner Andre Guttfreund at the Jose Matias Delgado University in El Salvador. He also created and served as the director of a community film initiative for local youth in the country. In his last year in El Salvador, he worked with renowned performing artist Victor Rodriguez on material for the Museum of Art of El Salvador (MARTE) and the Museum of Modern Art in Medellin (MAMM) in Colombia. Julio recently returned to East Palo Alto and is currently writing his second feature-length screenplay focusing on migrant farm workers in the Central Valley.