Carlos Avila

Carlos Avila is an award-winning writer, producer, director for film and television. He has directed for various companies such as NBC/Universal, Warner Brothers Television, Sony Pictures Television, CBS, Jerry Bruckheimer Television, Shoreline Entertainment, New Line Cinema, the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and his own production company, Echo Park Films. Carlos directed episodes of the long-running NBC fantasy / procedural series, Grimm. He also directed the “Street Money” episode of the long-running CBS series, Cold Case, which featured a breakthrough performance by Chadwick Boseman. Carlos is the creator, writer, producer and director of Foto-Novelas (2002), a Humanitas Prize-nominated television series comprised of half-hour dramas in the spirit of The Twilight Zone. He made his feature film directing debut with New Line Cinema’s 2000 release, Price of Glory starring Jimmy Smits, Jon Seda, Clifton Collins, Jr. and Ron Perlman. This family drama set against the world of amateur and professional boxing was developed at the Sundance Institute’s Director and Writer Labs. Carlos was awarded the ALMA (American Latino Media Arts) award for Best Director for his work on this film. He also served as Executive Producer on the film’s groundbreaking soundtrack CD which introduced Latino Rock and Hip Hop to a wide audience. In 2012, Carlos completed his first documentary, Tales of Masked Men, about lucha libre (Mexican professional wrestling) and the tradition of the masked wrestler. The film was the recipient of three 2013 Best Documentary Awards at film festivals across the United States. Carlos’s new 2023 award-winning short film, The Kill Floor, is playing at film festivals throughout the country. The Kill Floor will stream nationally in the United States in 2024. Currently, Carlos is partnered with accomplished producer David Valdes (Avatar: The Way of Water, Dune 2 and Unforgiven). Together, they are developing the feature film, Last Band Standing, which Carlos wrote and will direct. Carlos received his film training at Loyola Marymount University and UCLA’s Graduate School of Theatre, Film and Television. He is a past recipient of the prestigious Rockefeller Foundation’s Media Arts Fellowship. Carlos is a proud member of the Directors Guild of America. As the son of Mexican and Peruvian parents, he is fluent in English and Spanish.