The Filmmakers

Evan Abramson and Carmen Elsa Lopez are filmmakers, photographers and parents based in rural northwest Connecticut. Together they write, direct, shoot, edit and produce. In 2010 they formed Cows in the Field, a production house dedicated to telling the stories of people whose lives are impacted by social and environmental crises around the globe — and finding solutions.

Their 2011 documentary Carbon for Water has won over twenty festival awards and influenced policymakers across the globe with screenings at the UN General Assembly, COP17, The World Bank, The World Water Forum, The Alternative World Water Forum and the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative.

In 2010, Evan’s multimedia documentary When the Water Ends won Best Short Film at the Tutti Nello Stesso Piatto International Food, Film & Videodiversity Festival and was also nominated for a Webby, a World Press Photo Multimedia Award and an Online Journalism Award.

“Film and photography are tools that I use to express the ideals that I value as a human being, and to measure the distance between those ideals and the reality of the world that we inhabit,” says Evan. “The distance is enormous, and ever-expanding: and so, this storytelling is a tireless task.”

“My desire as a storyteller is to express the complex human relationships formed by our experiences as we struggle to survive in this absurd world,” says Carmen. “Through the characters in my films I explore the dark habits that follow us from childhood and the passions and insecurities we adopt as adults.”

Born in Lima, Peru, Carmen’s nomadic life began a few months later, when her family moved to Switzerland, followed by Panama, Argentina, Honduras, Mexico, Brazil, France, Belgium and the United States. She draws her sensibilities to characters from her experiences living amongst many different cultures and communities. Prior to filmmaking, she worked in journalism, marketing and as an aid worker in post-earthquake Haiti. She studied film at NYU and the School of Visual Arts and holds a B.A. in political science from The Catholic University and a certificate in international studies from Johns Hopkins University.

A self-taught documentarian born in New York City, Evan hitchhiked from Pennsylvania to Bolivia over the course of two years before getting his start as a photojournalist while living in La Paz. His images have been published widely, including in The Atlantic, National Geographic, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian Weekend Magazine, FT Weekend, The Sunday Times and Courier Japan.

They first met at a photo exhibit in Brooklyn, before Evan knew who Almodóvar was.