GABRIEL RHENALS was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1986 and later moved with his family to Miami, Florida, where he has lived for most of his life. From a very young age, he demonstrated a remarkable aptitude for the visual arts.
Throughout his K-12 education, Gabriel's parents enrolled him in various visual art programs. In high school, he attended New World School of the Arts in downtown Miami. After high school, Gabriel attended the limited-access Film (BFA) program at the University of Central Florida in Orlando and later received his bachelor's degree in Communication Arts from Florida International University in Miami, graduating cum laude.
In Gabriel's early adolescence, he developed a fervent interest in filmmaking. Equipped with little more than his father's digital 8mm video camera, Gabriel began making short films in 2002. Since then, he has written, produced, directed, shot and edited 16 short films (available on YouTube and Vimeo). He has also written five feature-length screenplays. His short films have been exhibited at numerous film festivals, both domestic and international, and nationally distributed on the National Endowment for the Arts-funded PBS television show, film-maker.