Carlos López Estrada is no stranger to the directing scene. From theater to music videos, his 2012 Latin Grammy for Best Short Form Music Video speaks for itself. So when he was approached by Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal to direct their upcoming movie, Blindspotting, it was an easy choice.
Previously directing their music videos and their theater workshop, Bars; Estrada know exactly what the pair desired and how to incorporate their stylistic prose into each shot.
Blindspotting is Estrada finest work, capturing the stifling and anxiety-filled racial tension between Diggs and Casal in Oakland. The raw emotions he’s able to pull from his actors allows the audience to relate to the daily struggles of gentrification, lost of identity and draw empathy for police brutality victim.
The Koalition had an opportunity to interview Estrada about what attracted him to Blindspotting, his directing style and more.
Check out our interview below.