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Faculty Spotlight: Alberto Basulto

Alberto Basulto (‘Al’ to family and friends) is Mount Vernon’s Arts and Design Instructor focused on growing the next generation of content creators through teaching Mustangs all about the basics of film and film appreciation. This is Al’s second year at The Vern, having spent part of last year teaching Middle School visual arts and this year launching a new Film program.

To jump-start the program, this fall students were tasked with shooting a short film.  A 72-hour contest, participants had less than three days to produce a film with a theme they were given. What a great way to start the new school year! As part of the Film curriculum, students also live-streamed various events like Chapel and the Advisory Video (weekly announcements). These are the building blocks that will allow for progressing the program, with future plans potentially including excursions to explore the Film industry in Atlanta, as well as broadcasting sporting events and concerts.

The son of Cuban refugees, Al hails from Miami, FL. He spent his youth as well as early adulthood in South Florida. Al graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Television Production and is a proud Gator! He subsequently gained 25 years of experience in the television production industry, spending time on both sides of the lens as a host, producer, director, writer, and editor for television and radio. He is also a talented voice-over artist, drawing on his bilingual, non-accented ability in English and Spanish.

In his free time, Al enjoys spending time with his family, and his wife and two sons are the sources of constant joy. He also enjoys camping, off-roading in his Jeep Gladiator, and being a football dad. Beyond family time, Al also supports his brother’s Law firm by producing social media content and a podcast, which won not one but two Telly Awards in summer 2021!  The Telly Awards represent the premier awards honoring outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs.  The awards are bronze or silver depending on how many entries each category receives.  Al won a Bronze Telly for a commercial to which he lent his voice talent and a Silver Telly for directing an educational series of podcasts focused on helping Hispanic minorities learn about their legal rights.  It is inspirational for all Mustangs to have such talented faculty members guide their artistic lives!