Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois USA


Nelson Carvajal is an independent digital filmmaker, writer and content creator. He has been a considerable presence in the emerging new media independent moviemaking arena, pushing for his peers to come together to form a new industry--one where self-distribution, digital filmmaking and peer-to-peer online content curation become pillars for a self-sustaining future.


Carvajal’s filmography is mainly made up of niche experimental digital shorts. His video work has been featured in the London Underground Film Festival, the Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival, the Fractured Lens Video Festival, the Chicago International Movies and Music Festival (CIMM Fest) and the 0110 International Digital Film Festival. Carvajal’s unorthodox visual style is comprised of handheld camera work, organic jump cuts in editing and a gritty, video-based palette. In fact, Carvajal was one of the featured filmmakers in an article regarding the new age handheld camera technique in Jim Emerson’s Scanners Blog (Emerson is the editor of RogerEbert.com). In early 2012, Carvajal and fellow underground filmmaker Amir George collaborated on a video installation art show titled “Film Is Dead: Edges of the Digital Frame” which played for an entire month at the I Am Logan Square Art Gallery in Chicago.


Nelson Carvajal received his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Currently, Carvajal produces video essays for Indiewire (via their Press Play film blog). Past credits include working as contributing writer for the 44th Chicago International Film Festival and served as a writing intern for The A.V. Club (The Onion Newspaper). Carvajal keeps an open, running dialogue on the state of independent film at his blog FREE CINEMA NOW.