Self-exiled Tejano living in Echo Park, Los Angeles, California. Filmmaker, writer, and amateur pundit.
A Rockefeller Media Fellow, and homeroom rep sophomore year of high school, Mendiola’s award-winning short "Pretty Vacant,” about a Chicana punk rocker, has screened in numerous festivals, museums, and colleges in the U.S. and Mexico.
His one-hour ITVS movie "Come and Take It Day" was developed at the Sundance Filmmaker's Lab and broadcast nationally on PBS in 2002. Mendiola’s latest narrative project, a rock and roll digital feature called “Speeder Kills,” screened at various film festivals across the country, including the 2004 Los Angeles Film Festival.
Mendiola has just directed a one-hour documentary pilot about Latino indie bands for cable television, directs a reality show for Mun2, and is currently developing a feature based on the Sandra Cisneros short story "Bien Pretty." He also makes music videos and takes photographs -- mainly of rock bands -- but that's only because Cheryl Burke won't return any of his phone calls.
LBJ and Robert Frank are personal heroes.
Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas.