Veronica Lopez grew up in East Los Angeles and spent 20 years researching and teaching neuroendocrinology before switching careers to documentary film. She is interested in, though not limited to, making films inspired by her many identities and experiences as Mexican-American, queer, and neuroscientist. In addition to her MFA in Documentary Film and Video from Stanford University, Veronica holds a PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a BA in Psychology from the University of California at Berkeley. She currently lives in the East Bay and is trying her hand at freelance production and editing.
VIDEO DURATION: 10:30 MIN.
Edgar and the Joyous Life follows Edgar Del Campo, a young Chicano student living with his parents in housing projects near downtown Los Angeles. While his family is very Roman Catholic, Edgar finds spiritual fulfillment at a small, traditionally Japanese church that welcomes many local Latino congregants. He struggles to appreciate his own Mexican heritage, and appease his parents, who still expect him to take part in Catholic traditions. The recurring themes in this story include the clashing and intersection of two religions and two cultures, and a young person’s path to defining his own identity.
"Drawn Together: A Selection of Recent Documentaries by Stanford Students", Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, 2015
VIDEO DURATION: 9:45 MIN.
A glimpse into my nephew's life and struggle with mental illness in the wake of repeated national tragedies.
United Nations Association Film Festival, 2014
SF Shorts Film Festival, 2014
Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema, 2013
In sports, it's not about who you were. It's about who you are.
Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, 2014
Queer Screen Film Festival, Sydney, 2014
Frameline Film Festival, 2014
Boston LGBT Film Festival, 2014
Seattle Transgender Film Festival, 2014
Gender Odyssey, 2014
San Francisco Transgender Film Festival, 2013