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Veronica Lopez

Veronica Lopez

Documentary Film and Video


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.

Edgar and the Joyous Life 

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JUNE, 2014

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.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

"Drawn Together: A Selection of Recent Documentaries by Stanford Students", Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University, 2015

Light and Dark 

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JUNE, 2013

A glimpse into my nephew's life and struggle with mental illness in the wake of repeated national tragedies.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

United Nations Association Film Festival, 2014
SF Shorts Film Festival, 2014
Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema, 2013

Gender Games 

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Co-directed by Megan Smaker
MARCH, 2013

In sports, it's not about who you were. It's about who you are.

Awards, Festivals, and Screenings

North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, 2014
Milwaukee LGBT Film Festival, 2014
VinoKino LGBT Film Festival -Finland, 2014

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


16mm black and white film
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Catholic religious life and the modern world.



June 14, 2014

Free and open to the public.

Annenberg Auditorium
June 13, 2013

Free and open to the public

Annenberg Auditorium, Cummings Art Building
March 20, 2013

free and open to the public

Annenberg Auditorium
435 Lasuen Mall
December 11, 2012

Free and open to the public

Related News

Sep 26 2014
The Department of Art & Art History is pleased to announce that nine students and alumni of the Documentary Film & Video Program will present their documentary films...