- Started writing fictional stories and screenplays when he was in fifth grade; as a teen made comedic videos with his friends and brothers.
- Dreamed of becoming a pro snowboarder and moved to Japan to train.
- Returned to the U.S. and picked up jobs in Los Angeles working on film and music video crews; first job involved camera work on the Destiny's Child Survivor video.
- Won a Student Academy Award for the 2004 short film Victoria Para Chino.
- Broke into feature filmmaking by writing and directing Sin Nombre in 2009.
- Directed all eight episodes of True Detective's first season.
- Is fluent in three languages: English; Spanish; French.
- Practiced capoeira, a Brazilian martial art, for 17 years.
- Plays polo and enjoys downhill mountain biking.