Kamala Lopez, honoree at Women's eNews 21 Leaders 2012
New York, New York, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Joel Marshall (m. 2007)|
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) and more than seventy television shows, including Lie To Me, Alias, Star Trek Voyager, NYPD Blue and It's Garry Shandling's Show.
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. The film was adapted from the play of the same name, written by Jeanmarie Simpson, a relative of Lopez.
In 2009 Lopez created the ERA Education Project, a national media campaign to raise awareness about the Equal Rights Amendment in the United States. Lopez began interviewing women nationwide about how civil rights issues such as equal pay and domestic violence affect their daily lives.
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'." Equal Means Equal is Lopez's documentary about the status of women in America. Gloria Steinem appears in the film, along with more than 100 interviewees.
Awards and recognition
- May 2009, she was given a retrospective of her work, both as an actor and director, at the Museum of Latin American Art.
- July 14, 2009, Lopez and Heroica Films received the Exceptional Merit Media Award for A Single Woman.
- July 2013, Lopez won the Jury Award at the Senorita Cinema Festival.
- December 2013, Lopez Spanish language short film, Ese Beso won the Audience Award at the Boyle Heights Latina Film Festival.
- April 2015, Lopez was named Woman of the Year from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and the Women's Commission.
- April 2016, the State of California awarded her the Latino Spirit Award for Achievement in Advocacy and Entertainment.
- June 2016, the national civil rights group "Equal Rights Advocates" named her Champion of Justice.
- July 2016, Lopez was the winner of the Best U.S documentary-Audience award at the Traverse City Film Festival.
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