Kamala Lopez

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Kamala Lopez
21 Leaders 2012 Honoree Kamala Lopez (cropped).jpg
Kamala Lopez, honoree at Women's eNews 21 Leaders 2012
Years active1980–present
Spouse(s)Joel Marshall (m. 2007)

Kamala Lopez is an American actress, director and political activist who has appeared in such films as Any Day Now (2012), I Heart Huckabees (2004) and Born in East L.A. (1987).[1]

Early life[edit]

Lopez was born in New York City and raised in Caracas, Venezuela.[2]


Lopez has worked as an actor in more than thirty feature films, including I Heart Huckabees (2004), Born in East L.A. (1987), Deep Cover (1992), and The Burning Season (1994)[1] and more than seventy television shows, including Lie To Me, Alias, Star Trek Voyager, NYPD Blue and It's Garry Shandling's Show.

In 2007 Lopez hosted Wired Science on PBS, a production of KCET Los Angeles in association with Wired, along with comedian Chris Hardwick.[3][4][5]

Lopez directed the Spanish-language short film Ese Beso in Madrid, Spain, starring Daniel Freire and Lia Chapman. She directed A Single Woman (2008), about the life of the first US congresswoman, Jeannette Rankin.[6] The film was adapted from the play of the same name, written by Jeanmarie Simpson, a relative of Lopez.[7]

Lopez produced the new media series Speechless Without Writers with director George Hickenlooper during the Writers Guild of America strike of 2007.[8]

Political activism[edit]

In 2009 Lopez created the ERA Education Project, a national media campaign to raise awareness about the Equal Rights Amendment in the United States.[6] Lopez began interviewing women nationwide about how civil rights issues such as equal pay and domestic violence affect their daily lives.[9]

In October 2013, she launched a Kickstarter campaign for "Equal Means Equal" to revive public support for the ERA.[10]

MovieMaker Magazine said: "indie director Kamala Lopez fought, wheedled and meme'd her way to 158 percent Kickstarter funding with her campaign for women's rights doc 'Equal Means Equal'."[11] Equal Means Equal is Lopez's documentary about the status of women in America.[12] Gloria Steinem appears in the film, along with more than 100 interviewees.[13]

Lopez blogs for The Huffington Post.[14]

Awards and recognition[edit]

  • July 14, 2009, Lopez and Heroica Films received the Exceptional Merit Media Award for A Single Woman.[16]
  • January 2012, she was named one of the 21 Leaders for the 21st Century by Women's eNews.[17]
  • July 2013, Lopez won the Jury Award at the Senorita Cinema Festival.[18]
  • December 2013, Lopez Spanish language short film, Ese Beso won the Audience Award at the Boyle Heights Latina Film Festival.[19]
  • April 2015, Lopez was named Woman of the Year from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and the Women's Commission.[20]
  • April 2016, the State of California awarded her the Latino Spirit Award for Achievement in Advocacy and Entertainment.[21]
  • June 2016, the national civil rights group "Equal Rights Advocates" named her Champion of Justice.[22][23]
  • July 2016, Lopez was the winner of the Best U.S documentary-Audience award at the Traverse City Film Festival.[24]


  1. ^ a b Gonzalez, Luis Manuel (January 29, 1995). "Kamala Lopez-Dawson", La Opinión 69 (136): 1D.
  2. ^ Kamala Lopez | Biography, imdb.com; accessed April 18, 2015.
  3. ^ "Wired Science". PBS. Retrieved March 13, 2012.
  4. ^ Torres, Vicglamar (October 4, 2007). "La Ciencia al Alcance de Todos", Hoy Nueva York.
  5. ^ (October, 2007). "Latina Plugs In For Wired Science" Latino Perspectives Magazine "LP Journal".
  6. ^ a b c "Kamala Lopez defends women's rights". The Times of India. July 26, 2011. Archived from the original on July 22, 2012. Retrieved March 13, 2012.
  7. ^ Cynthia Schwartz - Advancing Women Peace Artists (May 26, 2011). "Civilization Needs Peace as Bread Needs Yeast-Jeannette Rankin, Back in the Kitchen". PRLog. Retrieved March 13, 2012.
  8. ^ "The Striking Writers Speak!". Time. November 24, 2007. Retrieved November 24, 2007.
  9. ^ Profile Archived April 2, 2015, at the Wayback Machine, more.com; accessed April 18, 2015.
  10. ^ "Kamala Lopez |Awards", IMDb; accessed March 9, 2017.
  11. ^ Lopez, Kamala,"How They Did It: Documentary Equal Means Equal Made 158 Percent of its Goal on Kickstarter", moviemaker.com, Februart 4, 2014. Retrieved April 18, 2015.
  12. ^ Equal Means Equal (film), un.org. Retrieved April 18, 2015.
  13. ^ "Equal Means Equal (2016)", IMDb
  14. ^ "Kamala Lopez". Huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved March 13, 2012.
  15. ^ "Museum of Latin American Art homepage". MOLAA. Archived from the original on March 15, 2012. Retrieved March 18, 2012.
  16. ^ Staff (November 6, 2011). "2011 Exceptional Merit in Media Awards (EMMAs) | National Women's Political Caucus". Nwpc.org. Archived from the original on February 14, 2014. Retrieved March 13, 2012.
  17. ^ WeNews Staff (January 1, 2012). "Women's eNews Announces 21 Leaders for the 21st Century 2012". Women's eNews. Retrieved March 13, 2012.
  18. ^ "Kamala Lopez-Global Compact Network Canada". Global Compact. Retrieved March 9, 2017.
  19. ^ "Boyle Heights Latina Independent Film Extravaganza". BHLIFE. Archived from the original on October 30, 2012. Retrieved March 18, 2012.
  20. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 8, 2015. Retrieved March 16, 2015.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  21. ^ "2016 Latino Spirit Awards: Kamala Lopez". Vida En El Valle. Retrieved March 9, 2017.
  22. ^ "Latino Spirit Awards | California Latino Legislative Caucus". Latinocaucus.legislature.ca.gov. Retrieved 2017-10-26.
  23. ^ "Kamala Lopez, 2016 Champion of Justice". Equal Rights Advocate. Retrieved March 9, 2017.
  24. ^ "TCFF XII". TCFF XII. Retrieved March 9, 2017.

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