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Santiago Stelley

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Santiago Stelley (born October 3, 1976) is a filmmaker and creative director best known for his documentary work with Colors magazine, VBS.tv and Vice Media.


Santiago began working with Colors magazine –the quarterly publication “about the rest of the world” created by Tibor Kalman and Oliviero Toscani– as a correspondent in the mid 90s, and in 2001 joined the editorial team at Fabrica research centre in Treviso, Italy. At Colors Santiago worked with Stefan Ruiz, James Mollison, Pieter Hugo, Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin among others, producing groundbreaking photojournalism with a focus on marginalized communities –including mental health institutions in Cuba, prisons in Colombia and housing estates in Birmingham England. [1][2][3]

In 2006 Santiago moved to New York City and joined Vice magazine as the first in-house producer and director of content for VBS.tv (2007-2010), and then as creative director of Vice Media (2010-2012.)[4][5][6] At Vice he produced and directed documentary films including Sewers of Bogota (2007), Colombian Devil’s Breath (2007), House of the Setting Sun (2008), Alarma! (2008), Interview with a Cannibal (2010) and Aokigahara Suicide Forest (2010).[7][8][9][10] During this time Santiago also developed many original series for Vice –Vice Guide to Travel, Vice News, Toxic, Munchies, Hamilton’s Pharmacopeia, Picture Perfect, Slutever— and launched new digital channels including Motherboard, Noisey and The Creators Project.[11][12][13]

Personal Life[edit]

Santiago is married to Yuka Uchida -lead vocalist of Japanese electropop band Trippple Nippples.


  • 2012: Takanakuy - Fist fighting in the Andes (Producer / Director)
  • 2012: Saudi Women Unveiled (Producer / Director)
  • 2012: Hamilton and the Philosopher’s Stone (Producer / Director)
  • 2011: The Huayno Murders (Producer / Director)
  • 2011: The Sakawa Boys (Producer / Dircetor)
  • 2011: Getting High on Krystle (Producer / Director)
  • 2010: Aokigahara Suicide Forest (Producer / Director)
  • 2010: Interview with a Cannibal (Producer / Director)
  • 2010: The Vice Guide to Everything (Editorial Director)
  • 2009: Colombian Narcosubs (Producer / Director)
  • 2009: The Sapo Diaries (Producer / Director)
  • 2009: Vice Meets Watermelon Woman” (Producer / Director)
  • 2008: Imbalu - Circumcision Party (Producer / Director)
  • 2008: Alarma! (Producer / Director)
  • 2008: House of the Setting Sun (Producer / Director)
  • 2007: Asses of the Caribbean (Producer / Director)
  • 2007: Colombian Devil’s Breath (Producer / Director)
  • 2007: Sewers of Bogota (Producer / Director)


  • The World According To Vice (Canongate)[14]
  • Vice Magazine (2006-2012)
  • Colors Magazine (2001-2005)


  1. “Colors 47: Madness”, Colors Magazine, January, 2002
  2. “Colors 50: Prison”, Colors Magazine, July, 2002
  3. “Colors 55: Birmingham”, Colors Magazine, May 2003
  4. Derrick, Lisa. “Vice TV: Revolutionary, Bold Pop Culture Explorations”, The Huffington Post, November 12, 2009
  5. “Santiago Stelley: The Wonderful Horrible Life of VICE” Union Docs, January 15, 2012
  6. Vice Staff. “Forget about your shitty job and live vicariously through Santiago on Sunday”, Vice.com Jan 13, 2012
  7. Cotroneo, Christian. “Devil's Breath: Scopolamine, AKA Burundanga, Hailed as 'World's Scariest Drug'”, The Huffington Post, September 3, 2013
  8. Loyola, Bernardo. "House of the setting sun", CNN.com, March 16, 2010
  9. Stiffbone, Steve. “Alarma is een bloeddorstig blaadje”, VK Mag, February 8, 2008
  10. Oshida, Emily. “The Forest turns Japan's suicide forest into an obstacle course for Americans”, The Verge, January 8, 2016
  11. Morris, Hamilton. “Spirit of the dead alive and well in Haiti”, CNN.com, October 27, 2010
  12. “Dans le temple du LSD de Gordon Todd Skinner”, LesInrocks.com, September 28, 2011
  13. Girolami, Andrea. “Picture Perfect, per il buon giornalismo serve tempo”, Wired Magazine (Italy), September 6, 2011
  14. The World According To Vice

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