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de la tierra del Tequila a la tierra de los sueños

 

Tapatía de nacimiento y criada en la vida campirana Jalisciense, Elizabeth creció amando la naturaleza y la vida agitada de la ciudad por igual.

Su naturaleza introvertida la llevó a enamorarse de los libros y perderse en el armónico silencio que se respira en medio de las montañas. Desde la edad de ocho años, comenzó a escribir cuentos donde plasmaba las fantasías que alimentaban su vívida imaginación. Poco tardó en darse cuenta que poseía la habilidad de apreciar los pequeños detalles que para otros pasan desapercibidos, como los granos de sal perdidos entre los granos de arena o el espectro de colores reflejados por la luz cuando ésta toca el agua.

Soto-Lara encontró en la escritura y el arte en general un escape de la realidad para apaciguar la revolución emocional que revoloteaba en su interior. Escribir se convirtió en una necesidad para poner en orden los multiples pensamientos que transitan por su mente y amenazaban con volverla loca.

Tras estudiar una Licenciatura en Comunicación y producción televisiva en la Universidad del Valle de México, acompañada de un certificado en guionismo impartido por Guillermo Arriaga (Amores Perros, 21 Gramos, Babel), Elizabeth decidió llevar su pasión al siguiente nivel y estudiar una Maestría en cine en NYFA en el campus de Los Angeles, California.

Luego de conseguir una beca atribuida por la prestigiosa Academia de Cine de Nueva York (New York Film Academy), Soto-Lara se aventuró en el mundo del séptimo arte. Después de graduarse de NYFA, Elizabeth continúo ganando experiencia en la industria audiovisual como guionista y como Asistente de Dirección. Hasta ahora ha sido parte de dos largometrajes y más de 40 cortometrajes, series televisivas y spots publicitarios para TV dentro de Los Angeles, México y Costa Rica.

 

From the Land of Tequila to the Land of the dreams

Born in Guadalajara, Mexico, a big city with the soul of a small town, but raised in the countryside of Jalisco, Elizabeth grew up loving nature and the rush lifestyle of the metropolitan city.

Her introverted nature made her fall in love with books and get lost in the silence created in the middle of the mountains. She started writing since she was eight years old. She used to write tales that translated the living fantasies out of her vivid imagination. Very soon she realized her ability to see the extraordinary in the ordinary things of life, like being able to notice the gains of salt within the gains of sand in the shore.

Soto-Lara found in writing an escape from reality. Art became the only way to calm the emotional revolution fluttering inside her. Writing became a need to put her thoughts in order and avoid going crazy.

After getting a B.A. in Communications and TV Production by Universidad del Valle de Mexico and a Screenwriting Certificate imparted by Guillermo Arriaga (Amores Perros, 21 Grams, Babel), Elizabeth decided to follow her passion and pursuit a Master in Arts by the prestigious New York Film Academy (NYFA) in Los Angeles Campus.

After getting a scholarship at NYFA (New York Film Academy), Soto-Lara embarked in the filmmaking world. Elizabeth kept gaining experience as Screenwriter and First Assistant Director for one year in Industry. So far, she has worked in two feature films and more than 40 short films, TV Series and TV Ads within Los Angeles, Mexico y Costa Rica.



“Find what you love and let it kill you.”
— Charles Bukowski
 

Languages

(Idiomas)

Spanish (Native)

English (Fluent)

 

Education

(Formación Educativa)

 

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Master in Arts in Filmmaking.

(2016-2017)

Los Angeles, CA.

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One Year Certificate in Screenwriting with Guillermo Arriaga. (2014-2015)

Guadalajara, Mexico.

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One Year Certificate in Screenwriting for Film & TV

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2013-2014)

Santa Fe, NM.

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Postgraduate in Creative Advertising.

(2012-2013)

Guadalajara, Mexico.

Bachelor's degree in Mass Communication & Audiovisual Production.

(2009 – 2013)

Guadalajara, Mexico.

 

Narrative Films

(Filmes Narrativos)


CENSURADA (2020)

Censored Love

Feature Film

(In Preproduction)

Genre: Drama/Romance

Country: Spain-USA-Mexico

Credit: Associate Producer

Logline:

2015. A grieving radio host must trace a singer of a censured 60’s song to find the key to his entire future. As his search unfolds, he unearths a forbidden love story between two teen girls during 19

 
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HI, BEN! (2019)

Short Film

(In Post-Production)

Genre: Drama/Romance

Country: USA-Puerto Rico

Credit: Director

Logline:

After a surprise visit from his father, Ben’s world is upside down. He must make the decision to stand for himself and lose somebody in the process.

 
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 ALBA (2019)

(Short Film)

Genre: Experimental/Fantasy

Country: USA-Chile

Credit: Director. Co-Writer

Logline:

D. Alba, a frustrated baker who does not enjoy fulfilling her family expectations over her own, fights to set free her true self.

GOT CANCER! (2019)

(Short Film/Cortometraje)

Genre: Documentary/Drama

Country: USA-India

Credit: Screenwriter

Logline:

A docu-fiction about the importance of nutrition in the treatment of kids with cancer through the eyes of a kid perspective and the struggle of his parents.

 

UN REGALO ESENCIAL (2018)

(Feature Film)

Genre: Drama/Musical/Comedy/Romance

Country: Costa Rica-USA

Credit: Screenwriter. 1st Assistant Director

Logline:

It is the year 2025, and Alejandro tells his grandson Josue a story he is reading in a book about a singer and a dancer who fell in love in 1985, but love represents much more than only meet goals together.

 

RESTORED

(Short Film)

Genre: Drama/Thriller

Country: USA-Mexico

Credit: Director. Writer. Producer.

Logline:

A man who was forced to become a criminal in order to be part of his family, fights for his life in the hospital while his soul is floating in Limbo reviving the memories of the life of violence he never wanted.

BRITTLE

(Short Film)

Genre: Drama

Country: USA-Mexico

Credit: Director. Writer. Producer.

Logline:

A kidnapped teenager who escaped from his captors wants to mend the bonds he used to have with his family but his paranoid delusions make him distrustful.

THE GROOVE

(Short Film)

Genre: Drama/Action

Country: USA-Mexico

Credit: Producer

Logline:

A young man find a bag full of money and his deepest desires come out. Now he has to decide whether to spend the money or not. Life it's all about decisions. Can you face the consequences?


Screenwriter

(Guionista)


OVER 5 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE

WRITING FOR FILM AND TV

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FRACTURA (In Development)

Fracture

(Largometraje/Feature Film)

Credit: Writer/ Director

Genre: Drama/Thriller

Synopsis:

En un país sin gobierno, cuatro jóvenes son confundidos con criminales y secuestrados accidentalmente por uno de los cárteles mas grandes y poderosos de México.

(In a country with not government, four young innocent men are kidnapped by mistake by one of the biggest drugs cartels of Mexico).

Country: Mexico-USA

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BLUEBIRD (In Development)

(Short Film/Cortometraje)

Credit: Screenwriter/Director

Genre: Experimental/Animation.

Logline:

Una joven que se ha convertido en esclava de la rutina es invitada a emprender un viaje introspectivo para reconciliarse con su yo interior.

(A woman who became a slave to her routine, is invited to undertake an introspective journey to reconcile with her inner self).

Country: Mexico-USA

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GOT CANCER! (2019)

(Short Film/Cortometraje)

Credit: Screenwriter

Genre: Documentary/Drama.

Logline:

A docu-fiction about the importance of nutrition in the treatment of kids with cancer through the eyes of a kid perspective and the struggle of his parents.

Country: India-USA


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ANURUP/MIRROR IMAGE (2019)

(Short Film/Cortometraje)

Credit: Co-writer

Genre: Drama.

Logline:

A father and daughter who've been estranged for 6 years, are now manipulated to face each other. Will coming face to face solve the situation or make it worse?

Country: India-USA

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ALBA (2019)

(Short Film/Cortometraje)

Credit: Director/Co-Writer.

Genre: Experimental/Fantasy

Synopsis:

D. Alba, a frustrated baker who does not enjoy fulfilling her family expectations over her own, fights to set free her true self.

Country: USA-Chile

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UN REGALO ESENCIAL (2018)

(Largometraje/Feature Film)

Credit: Writer/ 1st Assistant Director

Genre: Romance/Drama/Musical/Comedy

Synopsis:

It is the year 2025, and Alejandro tells his grandson Josue a story he is reading in a book about a singer and a dancer who fell in love in 1985, but love represents much more than only meet goals together.

Country: Costa Rica-USA

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RESTORED (2017)

(Short Film/Cortometraje)

Credit: Writer/Director/Producer

Genre: Drama/Thriller

Logline:

A man who was forced to become a criminal in order to be part of his family, fights for his life in the hospital while his soul is floating in Limbo reviving his memories of the life of violence he never wanted.

Country: Mexico-USA

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BRITTLE (2017)

(Short Film/Cortometraje)

Credit: Writer/Director/Producer

Genre: Drama

Logline:

A kidnapped young man that escaped from his captors wants to mend the bonds with his family again but his paranoid delusions make him distrustful.

Country: Mexico-USA

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JUEGO DE OPUESTOS (2015)

Opposites Game

(Short Film/Cortometraje)

Credit: Writer/Director/ Producer

Genre: Romance/Drama.

Logline:

Julia has lost the love for life and she made the decision to kill herself, but Raul has the opposite goal, he wants to save her and make her fall in love with life again.

Country: Mexico

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BELONG (2013)

(Short Film/Cortometraje)

Credit: Writer/Director/Producer

Genre: Drama.

Logline:

Nikki used to has a happy life, but alcohol destroyed it all. Now she has nothing, not a home, not a family, not a reason to be happy. She lives tormented by the memories of how everything fell apart in a blink of an eye.

Country: USA-Mexico


Assistant Director

(1st AD)


5 YEARS WORKING ON SET AS

1ST/2ND ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

PIZZA AND WHINE (2019)

(Feature Film/Largometraje )

(In Post-production)

Credit: 1st Assistant Director

Genre: Comedy/Drama

Directed by Maria Capp

Synopsis:

A heart wrenching loss reunites four cousins to share one crazy night forcing walls to come down - over a little Pizza and Whine.

Country: USA

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D2 (2019)

(In Post-production)

(TV Series Pilot)

Credit: 1st Assistant Director

Genre: Comedy/Drama

Directed by Mario Garza

Synopsis:

During the dinner of an atypical family, the flaws of each member start to stand out.

Country: USA

 

HONEY (2018/2019)

(TV Advertising Spots/ Comerciales para TV)

Credit: 1st Assistant Director

Genre: Comedy/Advertising

Directed by Mario Garza

Synopsis:

Eleven comedic advertising spots for TV.

Country: USA

ADVERSITY (2018)

(TV Series/ Serie de Televisión)

Credit: 1st Assistant Director

Genre: Comedy.

Director: Dwight F. Lay, Kenyetta Raelyn and Adrienne Levy

Synopsis:

Eight writers in a TV network diversity program, vie for a job, while being led by a racist, washed-up TV exec left over from the days before cable.

Country: USA

GUILTY (2017)

(Short Film/Cortometraje)

Credit: 1st Assistant Director

Genre: Drama.

Directed by Jiaxing Wu.

Synopsis:

Erik only wants his perfect life to keep that way, but his sudden brother's suicide change it all.

Country: USA-China

AN ESSENTIAL GIFT (2017)

(Short Film/Cortometraje)

Credit: 1st Assistant Director

Genre: Drama/Romance.

Directed by Jose Mario Salas Boza

Synopsis:

Steven tells a story to his grandson. In 1975, Steven was going to propose Jessica. However, her ex-boyfriend shows up. This fact is going to reveal the real face of Steven, a possessive, jealousy, and insecure man.

Country: USA-Costa Rica

MORE OF LESS (2017)

(Short Film/Cortometraje)

Credit: 1st Assistant Director

Genre: Romance

Directed by Yu Wang

Synopsis:

Ann tries to connect with Mike despite cultural differences. She sees Mike getting closer to co-worker Bere who has the same background as him. Will love be enough or will the cultural differences be to much?

Country: USA-China

CHEATING (2017)

(Short Film/Cortometraje)

Credit: 1st Assistant Director

Genre: Romance.

Directed by Xueqing Wu

Synopsis:

She pretends she lost her memory to avoid getting married, he quits his job to take care of her, will they end up together despite of all the obstacles?

Country: USA-China

WEIGHING FOR YOU ( 2017)

(Short Film/Cortometraje)

Credit: 1st Assistant Director

Genre: Comedy

Directed by Ishan Pandita

Synopsis:

Tom is a chubby guy who cannot think in something else besides food, but everything changes when he meets Karen.

Country: USA-India


experience in other fields

(Experiencia en otros campos laborales)


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(PPRR) Public Relations Assistant (2 years)


PRA Activities: Manage the guest talents schedules, keep the communication flow between talents and the Film Festival, timing events, booking transportation, press conferences and red carpets scheduling, following up with all the talents needs during their stay, be the host of the Film Festival and the city. (2013-2015)

MegaCable

Production Assistant and Screenwriter (One Year)

PA Activities: take notes, help producer to keep the schedule on time, assist to get all necessary to shoot, make calls, confirm assistance of talent and guest stars, make sure to assist anyone in the production who needs me.

Screenwriter Activities: Make the script for spots to dress the tv show. Help to give structure to the non-scripted episodes. Build the beats of the show and characters.

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L&M

Photographer and Catalogue Designer

-Advertising Department

(One Year)

Main Activities: Make product shot of the pieces, design catalogue and website.

D'Justtin Coats (Clothing Company) -2015-

Coats

Advertising Coordinator (One Year )

Publicist Activities: Develop a concept for the brand and build campaigns to launch new product as well as promote the basic pieces of the clothing line.

Liz & May (Clothing Line) -2014-

Press

(Prensa)

 
 
 

-el informador-

(Guadalajara, México)

La realizadora oriunda de Guadalajara cuenta con más de 10 cortometrajes en lo que figura como directora, guionista y productora.  Restored  ( Restaurado ), su más reciente filme tuvo su premier en los estudios de  Warner Brothers  en septiembre de 2017.

La realizadora oriunda de Guadalajara cuenta con más de 10 cortometrajes en lo que figura como directora, guionista y productora. Restored (Restaurado), su más reciente filme tuvo su premier en los estudios de Warner Brothers en septiembre de 2017.

 

-Teletica-

(Costa Rica)

 
 
“Dentro del equipo de profesionales del filme  Un Regalo Esencial  sobresalen Elizabeth Soto-Lara, guionista mexicana radicada en la ciudad californiana de Los Angeles.”

“Dentro del equipo de profesionales del filme Un Regalo Esencial sobresalen Elizabeth Soto-Lara, guionista mexicana radicada en la ciudad californiana de Los Angeles.”

 

-TopCinema Magazine-

(México)

“La cinta que fusiona los géneros de drama, romance, musical y comedia es protagonizada por celebridades del ambiente Tico y promete envolver a la audiencia en un remolino de emociones”.

“La cinta que fusiona los géneros de drama, romance, musical y comedia es protagonizada por celebridades del ambiente Tico y promete envolver a la audiencia en un remolino de emociones”.

 

Revista deleFoco

(costa rica)

En el guión, la encargada fue Elizabeth Soto Lara
La Producción fue de Jose Mario Salas, Álvaro López Morales, Kurt Kubicek
Dirección de Fotografía de Manuel Velasquez
Música Original de Alex Orozco

 

-Voyagela magazine-

(LOS ANGELES, USA)

“Most of my stories are about social issues and look for awaken empathy and humanity in the audience. The perspective of my films is from the values we have lost as society and the lack of understanding of each other”.

 

TIA ZELMIRA

(COSTA RICA

El equipo técnico de la película “Un Regalo Esencial” se fortaleció con la destacada participación del joven colombiano, Manuel Velásquez, quien ejecutó la dirección de fotografía. Por otra parte, la joven mexicana, Elizabeth Soto, fue la guionista quien entretejió la historia que juega con el lapso de generaciones de los años 80 y 2025.

 

FILMTOWN NEWS

(India)

Inspired by a true incident, the film is written by Ruhi Hak and is enhanced by the sensitive & effective screenwriting of Elizabeth Soto Lara. “Got Cancer” displays a unique perspective of children battling cancer with a positive attitude.

 

Adbhhut Media

(India)

HOPE B~Lit’s new short film titled “Got Cancer!” in collaboration with renowned sports personality and humanitarian Yuvraj Singh’s non-profit YouWeCan. The heart-touching docu-drama brings to fore the plight of children braving cancer globally while highlighting the importance of love, care, nutrition and mental attitude in enhancing the healing process in addition to medical care.

 

-New York Film Academy-

(Los Angeles, USA)

“NYFA alum Elizabeth Soto-Lara can now add a feature film to her list of screenwriting credits after finishing production on the film  Un Regalo Esencial (An Essential Gift) . Not only is she the film’s  screenwriter , but Soto-Lara also served on set as the First Assistant Director”.

“NYFA alum Elizabeth Soto-Lara can now add a feature film to her list of screenwriting credits after finishing production on the film Un Regalo Esencial (An Essential Gift). Not only is she the film’s screenwriter, but Soto-Lara also served on set as the First Assistant Director”.

 

El Amanecer del Milenio

(Jalisco, MÉXICO)

“Los sueños sí se cumplen, pero tienes que estar dispuesto a salir de tu zona de confort, saltar al vacío y hacerte amigo de la incertidumbre.”

“Los sueños sí se cumplen, pero tienes que estar dispuesto a salir de tu zona de confort, saltar al vacío y hacerte amigo de la incertidumbre.”

 

behind the scenes

(Detrás de cámaras)

Contact

elizabethsotolara@gmail.com

soratolaproductions@gmail.com

Los Angeles, CA.

Guadalajara, MX.