Carl Bird McLaughlin grew up in the northern stretches of Los Angeles. He began to study filmmaking at College of the Canyons where he received the Filmmaker of the Year award two years in a row. He later attended CalArts for his undergraduate degree. His films navigate themes such as family, mental illness, spirituality, and the deconstruction of masculinity in today’s world.
His film Subsurface Flow (2014), screened at numerous film festivals including Palm Springs International, Ottawa Film Festival, and Portland Film Festival, winning the Jury Award for Creative Achievement at the 2015 Arizona Int’l Film Festival.
Carl’s work as a cinematographer and writer has also acquired accolades such as LiTTLEROCK (2010), in which he co-wrote and photographed. The film won Best Screenplay at the Rhode Island Int’l Film Festival.
His work as an actor has screened all over the world, including his starring role in David Nordstrom’s Sawdust City (2011), which premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival. He recently had the pleasure of working with Joel and Ethan Coen on their film, Hail Caesar (2016).
He currently teaches Acting for the Camera at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts).