Carmen Cabana is a director and cinematographer of Afro-Hispanic descent. Her directorial experience begins with independent pilot: NYX starring Nina Bergman and Ron Perlman (2020). She is currently attached to direct two features in 2020.

Her Cinematography TV work includes: Hulu HIGH FIDELITY; Starz VIDA S1 and S2, Netflix NARCOS S2, AMAZON pilot LOS ANGELES and HBO Access pilot STERLING.

Carmen’s years of experience and ability for understanding story, capturing emotion and visual dynamism has catapulted her towards the top choices for female cinematographers. She has shot over 23 features around the world with many name talents and screenings at many renowned festivals, including BLUMHOUSE/AMAZON NOCTURNE.

Carmen’s work on HIGH FIDELITY was covered in the magazine AMERICAN CINEMATOGRAPHER (05/2020), she also appeared in the same magazine under the Rising Stars of Cinematography article (02/17).

VIDA S1 was featured in ICG Magazine (10/18).

Variety (2016) mentioned Carmen Cabana in the Below the Line report Up Next as one of the most promising filmmakers.

Quickly to adapt and collaborate with locals, Carmen has filmed features in 15 US states and in Mexico, Cuba and Colombia.

She teaches cinematography workshops around the world as well as empowerment talks. Her past appearances include: UCLA’s: Available Lighting class; HBO Access; NAMIC‘s “Latino Creatives in Entertainment“; HRTS Women of the West “Diversity on Television Panel“, Erman Baradi’s Industry Panel; “Seen and Heard“: Women Empowerment Panel-DTLA Film Festival; STAGE 32 “Women in Entertainment Panel”; Arri and Film Independent Project Involve Cinematography workshop; The 8th and 9th Annual Masters in Motion Film Conference (Austin-Texas); Rule the SetCinematography for episodic TV” (Atlanta-GA); ENFOCUS Cinematography workshop (Costa Rica) , LITEPANEL’s workshop(Vegas); LITEPANEL and ADORAMA “Gemini” workshop” (NY)

Carmen is a Film Independent Project Involve Fellow (2010), A Sundance Director’s Lab Crew Participant (2008) and a member of the Friends of the ASC.

She is represented by UTA and managed by Circle of Confusion.

Fluent in Spanish and English
Proficient colorist in Davinci Resolve
VR cinematographer and content creator.

Selected Works

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  • High Fidelity - Teaser
  • NYX - Trailer
  • Vida - Trailer
  • Scala
  • Cartas A Elena - Trailer
  • Bullet - Trailer SD
  • Narcos - Main Trailer (Season 2)
  • Hold My Breath - Music Video