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Kamala Lopez

About Kamala Lopez

Kamala Lopez is an actress, screenwriter, director and producer. Lopez has worked as an actor in over thirty feature films including Born in East L.A., Deep Cover, The Burning Season (winner of 2 Emmys, 3 Golden Globes and the Humanitas Prize), Clear and Present Danger, Lightning Jack, and I Heart Huckabees. She has starred in over sixty television shows including Medium, 24, Alias, NYPD Blue, Hill Street Blues, Miami Vice, 21 Jump Street (winner of the Imagen Award). She also hosted the PBS series Wired Science.

Her feature directorial debut, A Single Woman, about the life of first Congresswoman Jeannette Rankin, won the 2009 Exceptional Merit in Media Award from the National Women’s Political Caucus. In 2012 her short Spanish-language film “Ese Beso” won the Audience Award at the Boyle Heights Latina Film Festival.

Lopez formed production company Heroica Films in 1995 with the mission to write, direct and produce media for women, about women and utilizing women both in front and behind the camera. Since then Lopez and Heroica Films have produced, directed and written many short films, several features, film festivals, podcasts and virtual internet media campaigns.

Lopez is Founder and Executive Director of The ERA Education Project, a new national media campaign to educate the public about the need to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. She is the Founding Director of the Los Angeles Bureau of GlobalGirl Media, which nurtures the voices and self-expression of young girls internationally. Lopez sits on the Boards of Girls & Gangs and The Women’s International Film and Television Showcase, is a blogger for Huffington Post and an Aspen Institute Scholar.

She is a 2011 Woman of Courage award-winner (from NWPC) and was just named one of the 21 Leaders for the 21st Century by Women’s eNews.