Carlos Alberto Mendez Velazquez
Filmmaker / Graduate from CSULB ( FILM Studies)
My parents brought me to the U.S at the age of three, I grew up in south central LA, finished high school and found out that I was not able to continue my education. I was forced to work in downtown LA, selling soft drinks in the streets and later managing to get a job selling televisions and other electronics. As time went by I found the opportunity to continue my education, went to community college, transferred to CSULB and graduated with a BA in film and television studies. Found myself being the only POC in most my film college experience. The lack of diversity and opportunity was overwhelming, in and outside of school. As I have continued my journey as an undocumented filmmaker, I have used my art to continue to fight for inclusion of all undocumented creators with my organization UNDOCUCINEMA, this platform / movement has helped bring a light to those creators whom are starting to pursue a career in the film and television industry. UndocuCinema is slowly growing in the long run we hope to create a film festival dedicated to our stories and provide scholarships for those undocumented creators pursing a career in the arts. As for me personally I will continue to create art that can inspire and motivate my community. Con o SIn Papeles, Si Se Puede! ( Note: Feel free to use this link for addition information : https://uproxx.com/life/undocucinema-films-about-immigration/ ) Also: Feel free to use any picture from my instagram.