L.A. based Puerto Rican, Angel Manuel Soto began his career as a TV producer and later focused on Art Direction at a local advertising agency. In 2015, he completed his first feature film, "LA GRANJA,” which premiered at Fantastic Fest and was awarded for Best Opera Prima at the Guadalajara International Film Festival and Grand Jury Award for Best World cinema at the Urbanworld Film Festival in NYC . In 2017 Angel created his VR film “Dinner Party” and won multiple awards for Best Cinematic Experience all around the world and screenings at festivals like Tribeca, Sundance and SXSW Film Festivals. He finished his second feature film “TWELVE”, produced by Jada Pinkett and Will Smith, written by Barry Jenkins, starring Jahi Winston, Teyonah Parris, Will Catlett and to be distributed by Sony Pictures/Columbia Pictures. Along with also finishing his latest feature "Charm City Kings" “NALIP has been my ally since day one. They pretty much became my family when I came to LA from Puerto Rico 5 years ago. Not only did they showcase my first film LA GRANJA as part of their latino showcase, but they have supported me on every festival since then and connected me with industry professionals in Hollywood and around the world. NALIP is an integral part of my success and it is my hope that it stays like this in the future.” Angel was part of our #WeAreInclusion campaign - check out his profile here!