The multifaceted artist who was ‘cast’ as the director of 514 was born in El Salvador, but quickly adopted Quebec as his home. Like Gabriel Brown, he attended St. Alexandre College, the reputable high school of Oscar-nominated director Philippe Falardeau, before completing the Communication/Film Production program at the University of Quebec in Montreal.
In 2007, Humberto graduated with his first short film entitled Interzone, which was screened at various festivals in Quebec and Ontario. Its dark atmosphere surrounds the life of a boy whose mother leaves to fight in a foreign country, and explores themes such as absence, loneliness and social conflicts, also present in 514.
A music-savvy director, Humberto Mendez is the co-founder of The Power Dam Initiative in which he acts as a DJ. After working for the non-profit production company Videographe, Humberto is now a producer for the independent label Dare To Care, where he contributes to the works of fellow emerging artists while developing his own projects.