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Education and early career
López graduated from Columbia University with an MFA in Film, and from Stanford University with a Masters in history. He served as legislative assistant to Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, was Executive Director of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, and was a political appointee in the Clinton administration.
He has filmed more than 50 features, shorts, commercials, and documentaries. His work has been shown at the Berlin Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, Slamdance Film Festival, Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, the Hamptons Film Festival, and Camerimage.
He co-directed the Emmy nominated, History Channel mini-series, The World Wars He is currently in production on American Genius, an eight-episode docu-drama for the National Geographic Channel. In 2014, he was director and writer on The Seance, a pilot for A&E.
His last feature film was The Girl Is in Trouble, for which Spike Lee was executive producer. López was awarded the Kodak Vision Award for Best Cinematographer at the Slamdance Film Festival for his work on I Sell the Dead. He was later an adjunct professor of cinematography at his alma mater, Columbia University.
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