Sandra Avila is the President of Avila Entertainment, a production company focused on English-language Latino content for the U.S. market. Under her own banner, she produced ENDGAME (starring Rico Rodriguez) which had it's TV premiere on HBO July 2016 and TABLE MANNERS (starring Monica Barbaro) an independent pilot directed by Angel Gracia and the short film, TRUST LOVE. Previously, she was the head of TV and micro-budget projects for Maya Entertainment, a feature film & TV distribution company. While there, she helped develop a 7-hr. mini-series Rain of Gold, co-executive produced One Hot Summer for Lifetime and wrapped two indie comedies, Harlem Hostel (starring Ramon Rodriguez) and Taco Shop (starring Tyler Posey). Prior to Maya, she worked for seven years in TV development at Showtime Network where she oversaw the Latino Filmmaker Showcase, as well. Avila holds a JD from Loyola Law School.
Name: Sandra Avila
Lives in: Los Angeles, California
Company: Avila Entertainment
Occupation: Producer and Casting Director
Film (Comedy) Producer A young man quits his taco shop job to open his own shop but finds himself in an all-out war when a gourmet taco truck parks across the street.
TV Movie (Comedy) Producer A man released from jail for a crime he didn't commit tries to reconnect with his family by becoming the coach for his son's little league team.
Film (Short and Drama) Producer A young, distraught, devout Catholic widow has given up on life and faith. With no one left to live for she decides to take her fate into her own hands.
Film (Biography and Drama) Producer Since he was 5 yrs old, Jose's abuelita taught him to play chess like his grandfather who was a champion in Mexico. Now as part of the Brownsville school team, Jose has the chance to use his skills and for once in his life, finds himself in the spotlight, as he tries to help his team make it to the Texas state finals. As their coach, Mr. Alvarado, teaches his students the meaning of perseverance and team effort in the face of adversity, Jose discovers his own strengths and uses them to bring his broken family together.
Television (Short, Comedy and Drama) Producer A young therapist, Natalie, is in way over her head when she goes to work the evening shift at a men's group home for the mentally challenged.
Vale todo: Anything goes
Video (Action, Drama and Sport) Producer Anything Goes / Vale Todo is the personal story of two men on separate downward spirals whose lives interact, triggering a bond between them that transforms both their lives. Andre is a depressed LA sports agent who goes back to his homeland of Ecuador to piece his life back together. Vicente, a day laborer in Ecuador who's seen some of life's harsher times, crosses paths with Andre one night after Vincent saves his life during a robbery. Witnessing Vicente's skills as a fighter, Andre has him train with legendary Royce Gracie in mixed martial arts preparation for the ultimate fighting championship in Las Vegas. Written by Maya Entertainment
One Hot Summer
TV Movie (Comedy) Producer Brilliant corporate lawyer Luther Simmonds accepted a major case in Miami so he can give a last chance to his love-affair with Cuban-blood attorney Margarita Silva Santos, who broke off their engagement years ago because her family expected a Cuvan Catholic groom. She's now happily married with devoted Ariel Silva, but may be exhausting is patience by putting off their child-wish again even now the made law-firm partner. Luther gets a hot night, but no clear commitment, while Ariel is kept in the dark, only her lady-friends are consulted. Her uniformed ma resorts to a ploy which forces the issue. Written by KGF Vissers
Film (Documentary and Short) Producer People around the world have eaten insects since the dawn of time. Some believe that the manna that fell from heaven to feed Moses in the wilderness was actually the sweet excrement of scale insects. The rational Greek philosophers, like Plato and Socrates, chewed locusts between thoughts. It's not that gross, the honey we eat is the secretion of bees and wasps. Apparently, everything goes in cycles. Scientists world-wide seem to be returning tot the rational thought of those ancient Greeks when they recommend insects as a high protein food source for an exploding population. Written by Joel Juarez