Wilson Santos earned both his BA and MA in English at Montclair State University in New Jersey, where he concentrated on American Literature with an emphasis on Film Studies. In 1994, he completed the Filmmaking Intensive summer program at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and studied American Literature at Kingston University in England.
As a screenwriter, Santos has optioned two original feature length screenplays. The first, titled “Love & Ecstasy,” was optioned to Swiss independent filmmaker, Tomi Streiff. The second, titled “The Navy Yard,” was optioned to Albert Xavier of Infinity Features. As a poet and music producer, Santos’ original spoken word dance projects were released on various record labels, including Defected Records, Subliminal, Stealth, Ultra and One Step Beyond Records.
In 2006, after freelancing as a graphic designer for 11 years, Santos began doing business as D•Sign Studio, providing contract-based graphic design and production services for select clients. In 2007, Santos conceived, designed and launched RevoBaby, a “revolutionary” baby t-shirt line.
At present, Santos is an Associate Course Director of English Composition at Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida. He recently taught for two years in the first-year writing program at Montclair State University in New Jersey and in 2012, was the Arts and Literature Programming Director at the North Bergen Free Public Library in New Jersey, where he coordinated and moderated monthly literary readings and open mic nights, as well as film screenings and discussions.
His most recent short documentary film, “My Verse” has screened at various international film festivals, including the 2015 Florida Film Festival. In February 2014, the film won first prize at the FilmSlam short festival at the Enzian Theater in Florida. Learn more about the project here: https://seemyverse.wordpress.com
Wilson currently owns an arts bar in Orlando, FL. The bar is more than just a bar, it’s an experience. The focus of the venue is on arts based programming, hosting monthly art exhibits, poetry readings and open mic events, film screenings, live music, vinyl record themed nights, DJ dance nights and much more. Learn more about the venue by liking this page: https://www.facebook.com/vinylartsbar