LA filmmaker Carlos Avila's FOTO-NOVELAS 2 airing on PBS

CARLOS AVILA (Executive Producer/Writer/Director) made his feature film directorial debut with New Line Cinema's Price of Glory, for which he was awarded the 2001 ALMA (American Latino Media Arts) award for Best Director. Avila caught the attention of the film community in 1991 with his short Distant Water, a coming-of-age story set in Los Angeles in 1943. The film won the Gran Prix at the inaugural Film Festival of International Cinema Students in Tokyo and went on to be shown at several festivals including Sundance. In 1997, Avila created the original ITVS program FOTO-NOVELAS, four half-hour dramas inspired by the Mexican and Latin-American pulp novel and comic book tradition. Avila wrote, directed and produced the highly-acclaimed series which was recently added to the permanent collection of New York's Museum of Television and Radio. Avila also co-wrote, produced and directed the American Playhouse drama, La Carpa (1993). He participated as a Directing Fellow at the 1995 Sundance Directors Laboratory and also received an Intercultural Media Fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation. A graduate of the UCLA's School of Film and Television, Avila grew up in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Echo Park.

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