Carmen Elsa Lopez
Award-winning filmmaker Carmen Elsa Lopez was born in Lima, Peru. Her nomadic life began a few months after, when her family moved to Switzerland, Panama, Argentina, Honduras, Brazil, France, Belgium and the United States. She draws her sensibilities to characters from her experiences living amongst many different cultures and communities. In 2010 she and her husband Evan Abramson formed Cows in the Field, a production house dedicated to telling the stories of people whose lives are impacted by social and environmental crises around the globe — and on finding solutions. Their 2011 documentary Carbon for Waterpremiered at the Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival in Toronto, winning Best International Short Film. Other awards include the Sir Edmund Hillary Award for Environmental Film at the Mountain Film Awards, Best Documentary Short at the California International Shorts Fest, Best Documentary at the Love Your Shorts Film Festival and Highly Commended at the Development and Climate Days Film Festival at COP17 in Durban. Prior to filmmaking, Carmen worked in journalism, marketing and as an aid worker in post-earthquake Haiti. She studied film at NYU and the School of Visual Arts and holds a B.A. in Political Science from The Catholic University and a certificate in International Studies from Johns Hopkins University.