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BFA, Media Arts, University of Arizona, 1994
MFA, Cinema Production, San Francisco State University, Fall 2004.
Ms. Lopez has been in the Cinema department since Fall 2003. She has been teaching cinema production and studies courses in the department since Spring 2006, both in the classroom setting and online. She has also taught at the University of Arizona, and was a teaching assistant for several Cinema courses at San Francisco State University.
Ms. Lopez is also employed at the University of California, Berkeley, in the Art History/Classics Library.
Ms. Lopez's first 16mm sound film, La Llorona, addresses the cultural relevance of the story of "The Weeping Woman" (La Llorona), whose ghost haunts the riverbanks of the American Southwest, Mexico, and beyond. It pays respect to the tales, textures, spirits and elegance of her native land, the Sonoran Desert.
Her latest film, A Second Final Rest: The History of San Francisco's Lost Cemeteries, takes a revealing look at why one of the world's liveliest cities has almost no graveyards, and how they were systematically erased from the urban landscape. Recollections of San Francisco residents and revelations of modern-day situations offer a surprising and often eerie look into the fate of the city's cemeteries.