About Us

Perla Rivera

Perla Rivera

Producer, CEO

Perla Rivera is the Chief Executive Officer of Machina Cinema. Rivera also serves as the companies President and Lead Producer.

Rivera began producing films in 2007 when she co-founded the San Antonio production company Machina Cinema alongside producers Buddy Calvo and Joe F. Gallegos III. In coalition with Machina Cinema, Rivera has also produced several short films, music videos and other commercial projects with filmmakers in San Antonio.

When Perla is not working inside the Machina Cinema camp she stays busy within the production world working with such companies as American Ninja Warrior, WWE, Capitol One and Fly Over America and is sought after by other production companies to produce their projects.

Rivera is currently in pre-production for Machina Cinema’s upcoming short film “Chispa”.

Buddy Calvo

Buddy Calvo

Creative Director

Buddy Calvo is the Creative Director at Machina Cinema. Calvo also serves as the companies lead Writer and Editor.

Calvo was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. He attended Thomas Jefferson High School where he participated in the theater arts program and gained his love for production. Upon graduation, Calvo attended UTSA where he was seeking a degree in International Business.

In 2007 Calvo established the production company Machina Cinema alongside producers Perla Rivera and Joe F. Gallegos III. Later that year Calvo wrote and directed his first film “Wanderlust” and since then has written, directed and produced short films, music videos, feature films and worked as various crew on regional productions.

Buddy is currently developing several episodic scripts and in pre-production for Machina Cinema’s next short, “Chispa”.

Joe F. Gallegos III

Joe F. Gallegos III

Project Coordinator

Joe Gallegos is the Project Coordinator for Machina Cinema.

Gallegos is a San Antonio native. He befriended fellow filmmaker Buddy Calvo at Thomas Jefferson High School where the two took part in the theater arts program under the late Robert Rehm.  Gallegos started his work in films in 2007 alongside Calvo and fellow producer Perla Rivera. Gallegos is one of the founding members of the San Antonio production company Machina Cinema. Gallegos has worked exclusively on in house projects for Machina Cinema producing the 2009 short film “Wanderlust”, co-producing the 2010 feature film “The Powderkids” and 2013 short film “Arose The Coward”.

Most recently Gallegos served as Associate Producer for the feature film Stage V alongside the rest of the Machina Cinema team.