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Ev Durán

Founder & Director

As a student in Paradise High School's inaugural Broadcast Journalism class in 2000, I helped create and co-host a show called "Under the Bleachers." While I had always been enamored with movies and wanted to be an actor myself, that class really helped me develop my interests and skillset behind the camera. I've always treasured my memories of "Under the Bleachers" and that's where "U.T.B. Studios" comes from. The name of this business serves as a constant reminder of both my hometown and the joy and creative spark I always want to feel while making videos and films.

After graduating from PHS, I worked on every sort of production I possibly could. Commercials, music videos, independent films... you name it. In 2012, I was offered an internship in the video department of the Golden State Warriors, and I eagerly moved to San Francisco upon accepting. My position with the Warriors led to an internship with the San Francisco Giants, where I would work full-time for four seasons, rising through the ranks to become their Senior Videographer. After the 2016 season, I moved to Boston to become the Lead Cinematographer & Producer for Spartan Race, a job that sent me and my camera all over the world. In the late summer of 2018, I moved to Los Angeles to be with my girlfriend Monique, who also grew up in Paradise, and I took a job as the Head of Video Production for Ecosense Lighting.

On November 8th, 2018, the Camp Fire decimated Paradise. In the immediate aftermath, Monique and I knew we wanted to do whatever we could to help. We utilized our abilities the best way we knew how, and after over a year of interviewing, shooting, and editing, we completed "All Its Name Implies," a documentary film that we continue to use to raise awareness and funds for the town. One of my favorite things about making the film was being surrounded by so many resilient people, and feeling their contagious energy - their excitement to rebuild, to come back stronger, to not allow themselves to be defeated.

I am so happy to be returning to the Chico/Paradise area after almost a decade away, and to hopefully be able to use my talents to contribute to the post-Camp Fire and post-COVID renaissance of this beautiful region of California. I am incredibly excited to work with small businesses in Butte County, creating lasting relationships and supporting this vibrant community.