Carlos Lopez Estrada


Carlos López Estrada (director) was born in Mexico City. He moved to the States at age 12 and later attended film school at Chapman University. He built his career directing commercials and music videos for artists such as clipping, Thundercat & Flying Lotus, Passion Pit, Reptar, and many others. When he was only 24, he won a Latin Grammy for a stop-motion music video he filmed in his garage for the Mexican pop band Jesse & Joy. He’s the youngest director to win a Latin Grammy to date. In 2015, Carlos directed his first narrative project, a short film titled “Identity Theft.” It was adapted from the one-act play of the same name by Andrew Rothschild, and starred Bill Irwin and Kate Burton, both veterans of the stage. The film premiered at the Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films. Shortly after, he created and co-directed (with Cristina Berkovitz) a Los Angeles multimedia stage show titled Ded, based on the Mexican Day of the Dead tradition. He later moved East to New York City to work with Rafael Casal and Daveed Diggs at the Public Theater. There, he directed tapings of the duo’s #BARS verse-theater workshop, featuring Casal, Diggs, Sarah Kay, and a handful of rising-star performers. Volume 2 of the workshop, featured Jasmine Cephas Jones, Anthony Ramos, Pharoahe Monch, Lemon Andersen and Javier Muñoz.
Also premiering at Sundance this year is Estrada’s award-winning digital series High and Mighty. Blindspotting is his first feature film.

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