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EL TAXISTA (Rough Cut)

El Taxista is a short film loosely based on the myth of Charon. Our modern day older taxi driver picks up death during Mexico's Day of the Dead celebration and unknowingly becomes aware of not only being a driver but joining the dead and becoming Charon the modern day ferryman of dying souls.

  • Carlos Pelayo
    Rescue Stations
  • carlos pelayo
  • Neil Kendricks
    Memory Lines
  • Jennifer Pelayo
    Rescue Stations
  • Paul Uhler
    Key Cast
  • Garret Eland
    Key Cast
  • Denice Riddle
    Key Cast
  • Laurie Muniz
    Key Cast
  • Israel Maldonado
  • Ruben Martinez
  • Mark Arica
    Director of Photography
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Drama, experimental
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    January 18, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    5,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital 2.5k, Black Magic Camera
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Distribution Information
  • Carlos Pelayo
    Country: Worldwide
Director Biography - Carlos Pelayo


Carlos Pelayo continues to improve on his film/video background and his belief in moving pictures as not only entertainment, but also a powerful tool to explore and delve into untold stories. Carlos has had the chance to show his work both locally and internationally in festivals such as the Havana Film Festival in Cuba, Tochka Dostupa Contemporary Arts Festival in Russia, Staunton International Film Festival Virginia, Cine Festival in Texas, Media Arts Center San Diego and Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. He is a Rockefeller grant finalist and IFP (iffm) fellowship recipient. He also continues to work with youth and adults in developing their understanding for the media and how to work within it. He’s been an instructor at the Media Arts Center San Diego, Museum of Photographic Arts, Platt College and San Diego State University.
Carlos has also worked at NBC 7/39 as a news editor where he edited the nightly news. He has also done freelance work for Cox Channel 4, UCSD-TV and ITV as both a camera operator and editor. Carlos also worked in the Communications Department working on video work through the San Diego Unified School District. He has also lectured at both Southwestern Community College and San Diego City College. Carlos wants to continue being part of a collaboration that strives to create work that both promote and challenges popular thought.
Carlos has written several screenplays and short stories. He was a semi finalist for the San Antonio Cinefestival Screenplay competition. He received good praise for his writing and was urged to apply to the Sundance Screenwriters lab. He is currently working on a novel and various film scripts.
Education is an important part of Carlos’s life and he uses it to empower people with it. He completed his Multiple Subject BCLAD teaching credential at SDSU, has a B.A. in Visual Arts with an emphasis in media from UCSD and holds an M.A. in Television, Film and New Media from SDSU. Carlos continues to pry open the doors of perception through visual media.

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