Hey, I'm Carman!

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Carman Spoto is a filmmaker and film theorist from the Philadelphia area who now works and resides in Los Angeles, California. Through Swine Films, her production company, Carman has directed, written, and produced three feature films: PhaesporiaHylo, and Going Under, and multiple short films including Soless , AntennaRegardless of TimeThis Planeta Wasn’t Made for Us, and Beaux. (Note: Although Carman does the work that historically is associated with the title "director" she prefers an all-encompassing use of the the title Cinematographer)

In 2015 Carman was awarded an Art and Change Grant from the Leeway Foundation in Philadelphia to create the Philadelphia Radical Film Collective, a resource for democratizing acces to films, film theory, filmmaking education, and using video against the state. Furthermore, Carman writes and studies political and cinema theory and is working to bridge the gaps between the two. In 2016 she became a fellow through Outfest and the LA LGBT Center’s Outset program. Through the program, she wrote and directed her short film Soless, which premiered at Outfest 2016 in Los Angeles.

Carman provides for herself working as a 1st Assistant Cámara Operator and is the process of joining the IATSE Local 600.

My Projects

Projects I'm Supporting

Rigor Samsa Series - The Bastette Group

Los Angeles, California Series
Music, Experimental

All female creative team launches platform for collaboration starting with an experimental video series set to original music.


This project got the green light!

Ghost Girl

New York City, New York Series
Comedy, Musical

Ghost Girl, Jess, navigates the afterlife and helps BFFL, Emma Leigh, through the 5 Stages of Grief with songs, snacks, sleepovers & more.


This project got the green light!


Los Angeles, California Series
Comedy, Romance

Between her tweenhood and early twenties, Lydia meets eight different loves of her life.


This project got the green light!

Self Portrait

New York City, New York Film Short
Drama, Experimental

A young woman reflects on the authenticity of her parents marriage in a staged dinner scene revealing three individual perspectives.


This project got the green light!

More Than Only

Portland, Oregon Film Feature
LGBTQ, Romantic Comedy

Because EVEYRONE deserves their happy after everything. LGBT romantic comedy that celebrates finding love and learning to love yourself


This project got the green light!

What Color is Blue

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Film Feature
LGBTQ, Experimental

Two young queers question the difference between political action/inaction and life/death in a world that does not want them to exist.


This project got the green light!

Pay to Stay

New York City, New York Film Short
Horror, LGBTQ

A couple take a mini-vacation to repair their relationship, unaware the AirBNB they rented may lead to their untimely end.


This project got the green light!

The Secret Nobody Knows

New York City, New York Film Short
Romance, War

A woman’s parting gift to a solider reveals the secret to their uncertain future.


This project got the green light!


Petaluma, California Film Short
Thriller, Shorts Program

When an animal dies under her watch, an isolated new farmer is pushed to prove her worth.


This project got the green light!

Going Mental

Orange, California Film Short
Drama, Musical

Two students find the right way to fit in while dealing with social anxiety and depression, connecting through a band they both listen to.


This project got the green light!

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