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Edgar Pablos

Director's Statement

Edgar Pablos | Director

Edgar Pablos comes from the U.S./Mexico borderlands of El Paso, Texas. Born to a Spanish-speaking family, he not only learned to speak English watching American movies but also to assimilate and understand the world through storytelling.

He made his short film directorial debut with his magical realist western, Agua Dulce, which won several awards nationally and internationally, including Jury Prize/Best Short Film at the Ajijic International Film Festival in Mexico, Silver Award at the Houston International Film Festival, and Finalist at the 33rd Annual USA Film Festival in Dallas, Texas. 

Agua Dulce was the Featured Short Film at the Hispanic Cultural Center Inauguration Ceremonies in Albuquerque, NM, and was an Official Selection at several more U.S. film festivals, including New York, Chicago, Santa Monica and Santa Fe.

With writing and producing partner Judith Cummings, Pablos formed Tribesmen Pictures, a production company where he directs, writes, edits, and produces in multiple formats including: documentaries, commercials, PSAs, and educational programming. Clients include: Time Warner Cable, USC Latino Alumni Association, Charming Asia Tours, SABEResPODER, TELACU, California State University, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, AECOM, and MALDEF, the nation’s leading Latino civil rights organization.

In 2016, he made his theatrical directorial debut with Death by Poinsettia for Studio C Artists followed by two plays, Just Like Them and Man In Peril, for the Hollywood Fringe Festival & Studio C Artists. Pablos recently directed a short film version of the play Man In Peril.

In the world of commercials, he teamed up with award-winning director Lance Kelleher on campaigns for Dodge, Mazda, Renault, Chevrolet, and Cadillac that lensed in the USA, New Zealand, and South Africa.

For the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Motion Picture Editors Guild, he recently completed a series of archival interviews with notable film editors including Carol Littleton (E.T.), Richard Marks (The Godfather), Thom Noble (Witness), Richard Chew (Star Wars), and Mark Goldblatt (The Terminator).  

Pablos is a member of Writers Guild of America West. He recently sold a spec script to former Paramount president Adam Goodman at Dichotomy.  

A USC Renaissance Scholar, he graduated with a double major from the School of Cinematic Arts and the School of Religion and went on to apprentice as production, camera, post-production, and director’s assistant with several top directors such as: Walter Hill (Last Man Standing), Joe Dante (Second Civil War), Antoine Fuqua (The Replacement Killers), Jamie Blanks (Urban Legend), and Mike Figgis (Time Code, Hotel, Cold Creek Manor).