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.