LOS CABOS, Mexico – Carlos Carrera, best known for his controversial 2002 priest-scandal drama “El Crimen del Padre Amaro,” is at the 5th Los Cabos Int’l Film Fest to pitch “Mics & Celluloid” with producer Leonardo Zimbron of Traziende Films.
This is not Carrera’s first foray into television. He recently co-helmed and co-penned investigative thriller series “Dogma” for Televisa’s fledgling SVOP platform Blim, which aims to air the 13-episode series in February or March. “Dogma” tracks a couple of detectives who delve into cases of exorcism, miracles, and other mysterious events; “Mics & Celluloid” is set in 1930s Hollywood as it follows the travails of a Mexican actress on her path to fame and fortune. Carrera plans to direct all 10 episodes.
The series explores how Latinos were stereotyped within the studio system, as well as chronicles the power struggles and romantic entanglements of the heroine, said Carrera.
“We see this as more suitable for a digital platform like HBO Go, Netflix, Fox Play etc,” said Zimbron. Carrera, who won a 1994 Cannes d’Or Best Short Film award for his animated short, “The Hero,” just wrapped his long-gestating 3D animated feature about a young girl and her imaginary friends, “Ana and Bruno,” for Anima Studios.
Carrera’s other TV directing credits include HBO Latin America’s “Capadocia” and MundoFox’s “Dos Lunas.”
Aside from “Dogma,” Zimbron has produced Netflix’s first-ever series in Mexico, Gary Alazraki’s soccer comedy “Club de Cuervos,” entering its second season.
On the film side, Traziende Films is in production with Peligrosa Films on Issa Lopez’s buddy movie “Moctezuma and Me.” The Mexico City-based company’s other film credits include Pitipol Ybarra’s romcom “Pulling Strings,” released in the U.S. by Pantelion, which Lopez co-penned with Gabriel Ripstein, Georgina Riedel and Oscar Torres. But the shingle’s biggest hit to date has been Alazraki’s 2013 family dramedy “Nosotros los Nobles,” which broke box office records during its time.