Oskar earned his B.A. at California State University, Long Beach in Film and Electronic Media with an emphasis in Screenwriting and his M.F.A. in Screenwriting at Chapman University.
After CSULB, Oskar Toruno worked as a social worker for Latino Family Institute Inc., the first dually licensed Latino adoption and foster care agency in Southern California. For six years Oskar Toruno fulfilled a Federal grant to find more homes for Latino children, older children, special needs, and siblings that are in the foster care system.
Later, Oskar worked three years in development and as a producer at LATV, a west coast television station that targeted young English speaking Latino audiences. He wrote and produced The Homies Hip Hop Show, Mas Comedy, and LATN. The Homies Hip Hop Show, based on the famous two-inch figurines, became the highest-rated show on LATV and went on to DVD, distributed by Polychrome.
Oskar Toruno has written several DVD feature films such as “Primos”, produced and distributed by Distrimax and “Barrio MMA”. “Lean Like a Cholo” (now entitled Perfect Sunday), is a comedy feature in where Oskar wrote and produced additional (completion) footage for their DVD release and based on the popular hit song.
Later, Oskar served as Line Producer and Development Executive at Mio TV, a Latino themed company creating content for a growing Latino audience online. Shows included Student Lounge (David Salzman/Mad TV), Camera Cafe, and The B Gate (New Yorican Production). For over 4 years Oskar was a successful coordinator at the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival.
Recently, Oskar wrote and produced the comedy feature film “Taco Shop” now airing on HBO. Currently, Oskar Toruno has completed the feature screenplay “Breaking Out Grandma” a feature dramedy about two brothers attempting to break out their grandmother from an immigration detention camp represented at ICM. Oskar Toruno continues to teach Film and Television Production at Loyola Marymount University and writes a blog about domestic and world cinema entitled “Evolving Hollywood” at http://latinowriter.blogspot.com/.