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Evan Apodaca is a media artist known best for his film, Que Lejos Estoy, which streamed nationally on PBS in 2016. Apodaca received his Bachelor's of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2009 and is currently based in San Diego, California. His work explores new forms of narrative nonfiction through methods of public engagement and innovative digital media interfaces. In 2018 he was the Associate Producer and Animator for, Singing My Way to Freedom, an award winning feature film about musician and civil-rights activist, Ramon “Chunky” Sanchez. Apodaca’s work consists of short films and video installations that examine themes of race, family history, cultural assimilation, political activism and most recently militarism in the San Diego region. His films have also screened at the Chicano International Film Festival (LA), the Tijuana Film & Food Festival and the San Diego Latino Film Festival. Apodaca was a 2019 San Diego Foundation Creative Catalyst fellow and was a recipient of National Association of Latino Arts & Culture’s Border Narrative Change Grant in 2021.



2009    Bachelors of Fine Arts, School of the Art Institute of Chicago


Screenings and Exhibitions

2020    Voz Alta: Time & Space, Best Practice, San Diego, CA

2018    ¡Frontera Filmmakers!, San Diego Latino Film Festival, CA

2017    Deep Time University,  Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, CA
            Tijuana Film & Food Festival,  Centro Cultural Tijuana, Mexico 

            National Association of Latino Independent Producers Media Summit, LA, CA

            Que Lejos Estoy, New Americans Museum, San Diego, CA 

            San Diego Film Week,  Museum of Photographic Arts, SD, CA

2016    PBS Online Film Festival, Nationwide

            Chicano International Film Festival, Plaza de la Raza, Los Angeles, CA

            San Diego Latino Film Festival,  AMC Fashion Valley, San Diego, CA

            San Diego Underground Film Festival,  Tenth Avenue Arts Center, SD, CA 

            National Association of Latino Independent Producers Media Summit, LA, CA 

            Date Night , San Diego Art Institute, Horton Plaza, San Diego, C

2012    International Symposium of Electronic Arts, University of New Mexico, NM

2011    The Body Parlor , Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, IL

            Off the Wall,  Space4Art, San Diego, CA
            Learning Modern,  SAIC, Sullivan Galleries, Chicago, IL

2009    SAIC Spring BFA Senior Thesis Exhibition,  Sullivan Galleries, Chicago, IL
            Happening in Bronzeville , The South Side Community Arts Center, Chicago 

            Don’t Put It Past Me,  Koscielak Gallery, Chicago, IL


Reviews & Publications

2021    Filmmaker Points Surreal Lens, KPBS, Julia Dixon Evans

            Meet artist Evan Apodaca, San Diego Union Tribune, Seth Combs

            Artist Uses Photos and Motion Capture, PetaPixel, Anete Lusina

2018    Beyond Storytelling, La Prensa, Marielena Castellanos

2016    Video Players, San Diego City Beat, Seth Combs


Grants, Awards & Residencies

2021    Border Narrative Change Grant, National Association of Latino Arts & Culture

2018    Creative Catalyst Grant, San Diego Foundation, CA

            Audience Award for Best Documentary Film San Diego Latino Film Festival

            Best Frontera Feature Film, San Diego Latino Film Festival

2007    SAIC Full Tuition Chairman Merit Scholarship
            Fine Arts Club of Pasadena Visual Arts Award

2006    Jeane Ward Foundation Grant
            William B. Memorial Scholarship Award


Professional Experience

2019    Arts Advisory Committee Chair, Centro Cultural de la Raza

2018    Instructor, Special Effects, Platt College

2018    Associate Producer/Editor/Cinematographer, Espinosa Productions

2017    Instructor, Media Arts Center, San Diego, CA

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