Best Latinx Film:
Blindspotting - Carlos Lopez Estrada
Collin (Daveed Diggs) must make it through his final three days of probation for a chance at a new beginning. He and his troublemaking childhood best friend, Miles (Rafael Casal), work as movers, and when Collin witnesses a police shooting, the two men’s friendship is tested as they grapple with identity and their changed realities in the rapidly-gentrifying neighborhood they grew up in.
Longtime friends and collaborators, Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal co-wrote and star in this timely and wildly entertaining story about friendship and the intersection of race and class set against the backdrop of Oakland. Bursting with energy, style, and humor, and infused with the spirit of rap, hip hop, and spoken word, Blindspotting, boldly directed by Carlos López Estrada in his feature film debut, is a provocative hometown love letter that glistens with humanity.
Best Latinx Filmmaker:
Eva is a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. In 2000, she won Best Short at the Sundance and Cannes Film Festivals with FIVE FEET HIGH AND RISING, a short she cast, edited and produced. She followed that up with the feature RAISING VICTOR VARGAS, which she co-wrote. Since then, she has been working on numerous projects, including CHROME AND PAINT, which she co-wrote with Ice Cube.She was also one of four writers in Disney’s Writers Program. Most recently Vives wrote and directed her short film JOIN THE CLUB, which was admitted to the Sundance Film Festival in 2016, among others.She was a finalist for the “2016 Atlanta Film Festival’s Filmmaker to Watch Award” and a “Sundance Institute Academy Nicholl Honoree”. Vives is a proud Sundance Screenwriters, Directors and SkywalkerSound Labs fellow where she developed her directorial debut ALL ABOUT NINA, about a stand-up comedian who has to deal with her past to move forward.