Carlos Lopez Estrada On The Joy That Comes From Telling Stories About Underrepresented Communities

 

Image courtesy of Stage 13

Several years before making a splash at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival with two projects and being named one of Variety’s 10 Directors to Watch, Mexican-born filmmaker Carlos López Estrada was already an acclaimed music video director and the proud winner of a Latin Grammy for the song “Me Voy." He received his big film break with the feature film "Blindspottingand episodic series "High & Mighty." 

"Blindspotting" was acquired by Lionsgate at Sundance and is scheduled for release later this year. The wildly original director partnered up with co-writers and co-stars Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal for a poignant, and often times hilarious, film about racial bias that’s set in Oakland. López Estrada and Diggs have worked together on numerous occasions before on music videos for the latter’s musical venture, Clippings. Similarly, he came on board as the director of the digital comedy series "High & Mighty", produced by Warner Bros. Digital Network Stage 13, because he was the perfect artistic fit for writer Cesar Mazariegos’ story about Chelo Chavez (Jorge Diaz), a Mexican-American stoner in East LA who gets superhuman powers when he’s drunk or high.

Written by Carlos Aguilar 

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