Yuri Alves is a writer and director of more than twelve films, including a feature film at the age of twenty. He has directed commercials and other projects for several production companies in New York and overseas. He is credited with being the first filmmaker to produce and exhibit a film about the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, screening “The Day the World Changed” on September 18, 2001 to an audience of 2500.
Alves was born in Brazil to Portuguese parents and grew up in Newark and surrounding areas in New Jersey. Alves graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Media Arts from New Jersey City University. Alves's works have screened at multiple venues in New York City.
He was a semi-finalist in the Steven Spielberg-produced television show, ‘On the Lot’, and his “High Hopes” was selected for the Cannes Film Festival’s Short Film Corner in 2008. Alves is the director of two episodes, ‘A Armadilha’ and ‘Mano a Mano’ of the Portuguese RTP primetime television mini-series Tempo Final, which premiere in late April 2011. Alves is the co-founder and Creative Director of DreamPlay Productions, a TV / multimedia and video production company based in New Jersey.