In 1993 Avila wrote, produced and directed the American Playhouse drama, La Carpa. Set in rural Southern California in 1938, the story follows a day in the life of a carpa, or tent theater, as it prepares to entertain Chicano laborers and their families.
In 1997 Avila created a critically acclaimed television series called Foto-Novelas, the four half-hour dramas were inspired by the Mexican and Latin-American pulp novel and comic book tradition. Avila wrote, directed and produced the highly acclaimed series.
Avila participated as a Directing Fellow at the Sundance Directors Laboratory and also received an Intercultural Media Fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation. Avila has also directed for Spanish-language television.
A graduate of the UCLA's School of Film and Television, Carlos grew up in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Echo Park, for which his production company, Echo Park Filmworks, is named.
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