Cabaldana Alchemy

Cabaldana Alchemy was founded by both Miguel Angel Caballero and Luis Aldana with a clear and specific intention: to write and produce films that examine and celebrate the Latinx and LGBTQI experiences.  Cabaldana Alchemy's first short film Broken Sunflower Hearts had its world premiered at Outfest in 2018.  The film has also screened at over a dozen festivals including, HBO NY Latino Film Festival, Sedona International Film Festival, TWIST: Seattle Queer Film Festival and the San Diego Latino Film Festival.  It has won 4 Awards including “Best Short” and “Best Actor” and has been nominated for 3 additional Awards including “Best Screenplay”.   Currently the company is in post-production for its second film, Acuitzeramo, about an elderly gay man, living in a homophobic small town, who looses his partner of 15 years.  This film is scheduled to have its world premiere in festivals this fall of 2019. 

Having worked together since their college years at the UCLA, Luis Aldana Miguel Angel Caballero have shared a passion for storytelling and film for almost 20 years.   They have collectively collaborated on numerous shorts prior to Cabaldana Alchemy, including The Invitation, which aired on the Showtime Network, and Melancholia, a theater piece they co-wrote that premiered in Los Angeles and showcased at the Edinburgh Festival where it was nominated for an Amnesty International Award.  Cry Now, a feature film they collaborated on had a successful festival run and was released in limited theaters in 2017.  

The Team

MIGUEL ANGEL CABALLERO 

 

A SoCal native, Miguel Angel

grew up both in the U.S.

and in Mexico traveling

back and forth each year

and attending school in

both countries. He is fluent

in both English and

Spanish. He knew at an

early age that he loved

performing.

 

He ultimately received his 
 bachelor’s degree in Theater from the UCLA School of 
Theater, Film & Television.  Miguel Angel wrote, produced and directed the award winning film "Broken Sunflower Hearts."  He is currently in post production for his follow up film "Acuitzeramo," which he also wrote, produced and directed.  

Miguel Angel has produced the feature film "Cry Now", which was released in theaters February 2017.  He also produced, co-wrote and starred in the short film "The Invitation", which premiered at the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival and aired on the Showtime Network. He wrote and produced the PSA "Know Your Rights" for the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) which became one of the most widely distributed and viewed tool for Immigrant Rights in the U.S. He has served as Associate Producer on the films "Love, Concord,"  "Forgiving Heart", which premiered at the Outfest Fusion Festival and "Bruising For Besos" which premiered at Outfest 2016. 

As an actor, he has recently wrapped the leading roles for the recently released feature film "Sleeping Dogs Lie", and has worked on the upcoming American crime drama "Too Old To Die Young" starring Miles Teller for Amazon Studios.  He starred in and produced the film "Cry Now", released in theaters in 2017. Previously he’s had a recurring role in the long running soap "General Hospital" as Orlando Brooks and has appeared the film "We Have Your Husband" for Lifetime. Miguel Angel has also appeared on many other TV shows including "NCIS Los Angeles" (CBS) and "CSI:NY" (CBS).

LUIS ALDANA

Mr. Aldana is a graduate of UCLA and

holds a BA in American Literature

and Culture. A significant portion of

his time at UCLA was spent working

within the school of Theater, Film and

Television as a writer and actor; with

one of his projects taking him to the

Sundance Film Festival. After

graduating he worked with the

Cornerstone Theater Company and

director Peter Sellars. He later moved

to England and attended the London

Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

Upon his return, he joined the Latino

Theater Company’s Laboratory where he co-wrote and co-produced the critically acclaimed play "Melancholia", which had a successful run in Los Angeles and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland and was nominated for an Amnesty International Award. Mr. Aldana co-wrote and produced the PSA "Know Your Rights" for the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles which featured slice-of-life vignettes within the immigrant community. Mr. Aldana, as co-founder of Cinetico Productions, also produced the feature film "Cry Now".  He is currently co-writing the feature film "Angel In Retrograde" where he will also serve as producer and lead actor.  

Mr. Aldana has also starred in a number of films, including "Crabgrass Manifesto", which screened at the Sundance Film Festival, "The Silent Cross", which was an audience favorite at the San Francisco Film Festival – Cine Accion and "Pelea de Gallos", which won Best short at the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival and San Diego Latino Film Festival and had a national debut on the Showtime Network. 

“When inspiration does not come, I go halfway to meet it.”

– Sigmund Freud

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