Cabaldana Alchemy

Cabaldana Alchemy is an independent Los Angeles-based film production company founded by Luis Antonio Aldana and Miguel Angel Caballero. The company’s mission is to write and produce material that charts, amplifies, and examines diverse Latine experiences in the U.S., focusing on Chicano, Queer, innovative, character-driven, emotionally engaging content. 

The Team

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MIGUEL ANGEL CABALLERO

(writer, director, producer)

 

Miguel Angel Caballero, the son of Mexican immigrant farm workers, is an award-winning Queer Mexican-American/Chicano writer, director, producer.  He received his bachelor's degree from the school of Theater, Film & Television at UCLA.  His latest short film, 'Acuitzeramo,' premiered at the Morelia International Film Festival and won 20 awards internationally, including 'Best Short' at the Imagen Awards, and 'Best LGBTQ Short' at the American Pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival.  His previous film, 'Broken Sunflower Hearts,' was named by Remezcla Magazine as one of the year's 'Best Short Films' by U.S. Latino directors.  Miguel Angel produced the feature film 'Cry Now,' which featured actress Lupe Ontiveros in her final role.  Miguel Angel co-wrote and produced the PSA 'Know Your Rights' for the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA).  Miguel Angel was selected to take part in the 2022 inaugural Academy (Oscars) Accelerator Program.  He is an Outfest Screenwriting Lab Fellow and recipient of the Warner Bros. Discovery 150 Artist Grant.  He's co-founder of Cabaldana Alchemy, a company whose mission is to develop and produce working-class U.S. Latine stories from an LGBTQ perspective.

LUIS ANTONIO ALDANA

(writer, actor, producer)

 

Luis Antonio hails from Tulpetlac, Mexico but was raised in Huntington Park. He holds a BA in American Literature and Culture from UCLA and is a graduate of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. He later joined the Latino Theater Company’s Laboratory where he co-wrote the play "Melancholia," which was nominated for Amnesty International’s Freedom of Expression Award. Some of his acting credits include the short “Crabgrass Manifesto” (Sundance Official Selection), "Broken Sunflower Hearts," for which he received a ‘Best Actor’ Award, “Acuitzeramo" (2019 Morelia International Film Festival Official Selection and 2020 Emerging Filmmaker’s Showcase at the American Pavilion at Cannes Official Selection) and  "The Big Bang Theory." He’s produced the feature film "Cry Now," the short film "The Invitation," which aired on the Showtime Network and the Immigrant Rights PSA "Know Your Rights." Luis is an Outfest Screenwriting Lab Fellow, recipient of the Warner Bros. Discovery 150 Artist Grant, and co-founder of Cabaldana Alchemy.