Professional Bio

Ralph behind the cameraNobel Peace Prize recipient and great humanitarian Dr. Albert Schweitzer, was the subject of the critical acclaimed documentary, “THE SPIRIT OF ALBERT SCHWITZER”, which Mr. Portillo directed. The film was chosen finalist in the Best Documentary category at the New York Film Festival as well as winning Honorable Mention at the prestigious Cindy Awards.

His family film “THE LAST GREAT RIDE” starring Academy Award winner Ernest Borgnine and Eileen Brennan has achieved success in all international markets as well as successful runs on HBO, SHOWTIME, CINEMAX, STARZ-ENCORE, HBO FAMILY and on airlines and video releases. “BIG BROTHER TROUBLE” directed by Mr. Portillo and starring Dick van Patten, Mario Lopez and Melanie Chartoff made its U.S. cable debut on SHOWTIME.

In addition, his suspense thriller “BLOODY MURDER” was successfully distributed by Artisan Entertainment. He also directed Golden Globe nominee Steven Bauer and Shannon Tweed in the thriller “NAKED LIES” which enjoyed a successful worldwide release through Columbia Tri-Star.

“THE GHOST CLUB” a spirited family film starring newcomer Brittany Robertson and shot on location in South Carolina which Mr. Portillo directed, and the suspense thriller “ONE OF THEM”,are both enjoying a worlwide release. His family film “UNDERCOVER KIDS” was written by children’s book author Gibbs Davis and well known novelist Charles Salzberg. Following these two films, he directed “THE GRIFT”, a 1940’s period film shot on location in Tennessee with an ensemble cast including John Savage, Jeremy London, Billy Burke and William McNamara. The film has been picked up by Shoreline Entertainment for world wide distribution. “SET APART” starring Richard Roundtree and John Schneider was released by Sony/Provident and “ANGELS LOVE DONUTS” with The Crosswise Players has been released on DVD by BMG.

Mr. Portillo and his partners have developed and are producing the new critically acclaimed TV drama series called “BELIEVERS AMONG US”.  The first four episodes which were directed by Mr. Portillo have won the prestigious Telly Award and the Aurora Award.

Mr. Portillo’s films have won awards at the New York Film Festival, Worldfest Houston, The Flagstaff International Film Festival, The Charleston International Film Festival, The Santa Clarita International Film Festival and a prestigious Cindy Award. He was recently honored with “Best Director” award by the Foursite Film Festival for his work in the “The Grift”.

Mr. Portillo is a member of the Directors Guild of America and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

He and his wife currently live in Los Angeles, California.