Pablos comes from the US / Mexico borderlands. Born in El Paso, Texas, to a Spanish-speaking family, he learned English watching American movies. A USC Renaissance Scholar, he graduated with a double major from the School of Cinematic Arts and the School of Religion and went on to apprentice as production, camera, post-production, and director’s assistant with top directors: Walter Hill (Last Man Standing), Joe Dante (Second Civil War), Antoine Fuqua (The Replacement Killers), Jamie Blanks (Urban Legend), and Mike Figgis (Time Code, Hotel, Cold Creek Manor). His short film Agua Dulce, executive produced by Figgis and producing partner Annie Stewart, won awards nationally and internationally.
In the world of commercials, he teamed up with award-winning director Lance Kelleher on campaigns for Dodge, Mazda, Renault, Chevrolet, and Cadillac that lensed in the USA, New Zealand, and South Africa. Since forming Tribesmen Pictures with writing partner Judith Cummings in 2007, he has written, produced, and directed in multiple formats: documentaries, commercials, PSAs, educational programming, and tributes for Time Warner Cable, Charming Asia Tours, SABEResPODER, USC Latino Alumni Association, TELACU, the California State University, the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, AECOM, and MALDEF, the nation’s leading Latino civil rights organization.
He recently shot a series of archival interviews for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and the Motion Picture Editors Guild and he made his theatrical debut directing Death by Poinsettia for Studio C Artists in Los Angeles. Pablos & Cummings’s latest screenplay, Haunting Beauty, commissioned by indie producer Isabel Echeverry, is a supernatural thriller based on true events that plagued Echeverry as a young woman. Next Pablos will direct the Pablos & Cummings feature film script The Horse Thief and will then launch CINESTART, a joint project with Javier Chapa’s Texican Media, which will open the door for first-time Latino directors ready to make their first feature film.