Salvador Paniagua is a filmmaker and photographer born in Oxnard and now living in Los Angeles. He sold his romantic comedy script But She Wasn’t Perfect to PixL television. He is developing his television sitcom Funny Brown People with Kontakto Entertainment and A Really Good Home Pictures. His short film Customer Service recently played at the We Make Movies film festival.
As a photographer and filmmaker, he’s worked for the United Farm Workers Foundation, Chadwick School, Urban Compass, the Learning Rights Law Center, and the Children’s Institute. Paniagua has traveled across the state of California filming and photographing the daily lives of farmworkers, as well as deep into the Sequoia National Forest documenting an outdoor education trip for Chadwick School students. Salvador’s short documentary about Sacramento’s first Latino mayor, Joe Serna, was featured at the Sacramento Latino Film Festival. His work has also been recognized by the San Diego Latino Film Festival, the Ford Motor Company, and the American Cinematheque.
Paniagua participated in Film Independent's Project:Involve Writer/Director fellowship and NALIP's Writers Lab. He also received a grant from the Mercury Latino Lens Challenge to shoot Los Tamales, a comedic and warm-hearted story about a 7-year-old boy's trek across the neighborhood which featured Modern Family’s Rico Rodriguez in his debut role.
Salvador discovered his love of filmmaking and photography while producing programs at Stanford University’s student station, SCBN. He currently works as a digital content manager for the Children’s Institute in Los Angeles.