Cabaldana Alchemy was founded by both Miguel Angel Caballero and Luis Aldana with a clear and specific intention: to write and produce films that examine and celebrate the Latinx and LGBTQI experiences. Cabaldana Alchemy's first short film Broken Sunflower Hearts had its world premiered at Outfest in 2018. The film has also screened at over a dozen festivals including, HBO NY Latino Film Festival, Sedona International Film Festival, TWIST: Seattle Queer Film Festival and the San Diego Latino Film Festival. It has won 4 Awards including “Best Short” and “Best Actor” and has been nominated for 3 additional Awards including “Best Screenplay”. Currently the company is in post-production for its second film, Acuitzeramo, about an elderly gay man, living in a homophobic small town, who looses his partner of 15 years. This film is scheduled to have its world premiere in festivals this fall of 2019.
Having worked together since their college years at the UCLA, Luis Aldana Miguel Angel Caballero have shared a passion for storytelling and film for almost 20 years. They have collectively collaborated on numerous shorts prior to Cabaldana Alchemy, including The Invitation, which aired on the Showtime Network, and Melancholia, a theater piece they co-wrote that premiered in Los Angeles and showcased at the Edinburgh Festival where it was nominated for an Amnesty International Award. Cry Now, a feature film they collaborated on had a successful festival run and was released in limited theaters in 2017.
Luis holds a BA in American
Literature and Culture from UCLA and
is a graduate of the London Academy
of Music and Dramatic Arts. He later
joined the Latino Theater Company’s
Laboratory where he co-wrote the
play "Melancholia," which had a
successful run at the Edinburgh
Festival Fringe and was nominated
for Amnesty International’s Freedom
of Expression Award. Some of his
acting credits include the short
“Crabgrass Manifesto” (Sundance
Official Selection), "Broken Sunflower Hearts," for which he received a ‘Best Actor’ Award, “Acuitzeramo" (2019 Morelia International Film Festival Official Selection and 2020 Emerging Filmmaker’s Showcase at the American Pavilion at Cannes Official Selection) and "The Big Bang Theory." He’s produced the feature film "Cry Now," the short film "The Invitation," which aired on the Showtime Network and the Immigrant Rights PSA "Know Your Rights." Luis is an Outfest 2019 Screenwriting Lab Fellow and is co-founder of Cabaldana Alchemy.
MIGUEL ANGEL CABALLERO
Son of Mexican immigrant
farm workers, Miguel Angel
Caballero grew up both in
the U.S. and in Mexico
traveling back and forth each
year and attending school in
both countries. He received
his bachelor’s degree in
Theater from UCLA.
Mr. Caballero is an award
winning writer, director. His latest short film ‘Acuitzeramo’ premiered at the prestigious Morelia International Film Festival (FICM) and won ‘Best Short’ at the Sedona International Film Festival. It was also an official selection at the Cannes Film Festival as part of the Emerging Filmmaker’s Showcase at the American Pavilion (2020). He previously wrote, produced and directed the award winning film ‘Broken Sunflower Hearts’ which was named by Remezcla magazine as one of the year’s “Best Short Films” of 2018. The film also won 5 awards including ‘Best Short’, ‘Best Actor’ and was nominated for 3 additional Awards including ‘Best Screenplay.’ He co-wrote the critically acclaimed stage play ‘Melancholia,’ which had a successful run in Los Angeles and at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland where it was nominated for Amnesty International’s Freedom of Expression Award. Mr. Caballero produced and starred in the feature film ‘Cry Now’ which featured actress Lupe Ontiveros in her final role. He also produced and starred in the short film ‘The Invitation,’ which aired on the Showtime Network. Mr. Caballero wrote and produced the PSA ‘Know Your Rights’ for the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) which became one of the most widely distributed and viewed tool for Immigrant Rights in the U.S. Mr. Caballero is a founding member of Cabaldana Alchemy, a company whose mission is to create quality queer content from a Latinx perspective.
Additionally, as an actor, he has wrapped the leading roles for the feature film Sleeping Dogs Lie, and has worked on the American crime drama 'Too Old To Die Young' starring Miles Teller for Amazon Studios. Previously he’s had a recurring role in the long running soap 'General Hospital' as Orlando Brooks and has appeared the film 'We Have Your Husband' for Lifetime. Miguel Angel has also appeared on many other TV shows including 'NCIS Los Angeles' (CBS) and 'CSI:NY' (CBS).
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