Anthony Thomas “Tony” Estrada was born on March 30, 1990 in Covina, California, to Martha, an X-Ray technician, and Mario Estrada, an LA Country Sheriff’s Deputy. He was raised in West Covina in an extended family and community that celebrated the rich traditions of the Mexican-American culture, which has proven to heavily influence his films and drives his commitment to increasing the presence of Latinos in front of and behind the camera.
Estrada earned a B.A. in Screen Arts and Culture from the University of Michigan, introducing him to global cinema and helped him to define his passion for filmmaking. Shortly after receiving his degree, Estrada was presented with the opportunity to teach film, photography and English grammar and literature at his high school alma mater. Concurrent to his teaching position, he worked as an intern for MGM Beverly Hills, where he was offered a job as an assistant to producer Adam Saunders, where he garnered financing for the company’s film fund. He then went on to work as an assistant to Lee Toland Krieger. While under Krieger’s mentorship, Tony produced, wrote and directed his first short film, Martha Cook, which played at the 2014 Santa Barbara Film Festival. During his time with Krieger, he developed pitches and worked onset with Krieger’s first studio motion picture, The Age of Adaline, and shot second-unit coverage for MTV’s Happyland.
In 2014, Tony wrote, produced and directed his second short film, For My Youth the Bell Tolls, which won the Audience Award at the 2015 ‘We Like ‘Em Short Film Festival.’ In between directing his own projects, Tony worked as an independent personal trainer, nanny to a family in Beverly Hills, and as a personal assistant. He then began working with Niagara Bottling, producing, writing and directing content for internal use. In the summer of 2015, he produced the short film Midwife.
In Spring 2016, Estrada wrote and directed his most recent short film Bridesman, starring Danny Trejo, his most successful film to date. The film played at festivals across the United States, including the Academy Award-qualifying LA Shortsfest. The film garnered national attention on both radio and TV networks. His most recent film, ¡Viva la Revolución!, is due out in Fall of 2018 and stars, Mexican crossover superstar, Maite Perroni, Lonnie Chavis of This is Us, and Miya Cech of The Darkest Minds.
Bridesman, Estrada’s first feature film, is currently in pre-production and scheduled to shoot in Spring of 2019 in New Mexico. Currently, Estrada writes, directs and produces PSAs for CBS/LA County and internal projects for Niagara Bottling. Under his Esquared production banner, Estrada continues to pursue projects and opportunities that help develop the influence of Latinos in front of and behind the camera, including the feature film, Bridesman, an unnamed concept being dual-track developed for television as a sitcom and a one hour dramedy.