Juan Escobedo is an award-winning actor, director, and social entrepreneur who hails from San Diego. His pride in his roots, and his desire to give back to his community, have infused and informed his work since the beginning of his artistic career. Escobedo’s starring role portraying a troubled veteran in the short film “Soy Soldado de Irak,” along with his direction of the same film, garnered the work numerous awards including the Swiss Cultural Programme’s Best Film Award at the Cannes Film Festival (2008), and the Cinema of Conscience Award from the Sonoma Film Festival (2008). Shot on location in East Los Angeles, this film was most recently nominated for the prestigious Imagen Award (2009), which honors positive portrayals of Latinos in film and television. Examples of Escobedo’s other recent directorial work include “Ruby,” a film for Current TV, and his signature film “Needle Juice”, recently funded to spin off two gangs from the film “Las Calacas and Los Mohawks” in 3D animation. Read more about Juan HERE.