I'm a bilingual filmmaker currently based in El Paso, TX. I have lived in Austin, LA and Mexico City. I was born and raised in El Paso by Mexican immigrant parents. Their fortitude and resilience continually inspire my work.   

 

AWARDS

Best Texas Short at 2018 SXSW Film Festival for AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE

Best Feature Film at 2014 Los Angeles International Women's Festival for DETAINED IN THE DESERT

2012 Latino Film Fund seed grant for DETAINED IN THE DESERT 

Best Short Film & Texas Award at the Oscar qualifying 2012 USA Film Festival for CHILD OF THE DESERT

Award of Merit in the 2012 Accolade Competition for CHILD OF THE DESERT 

National Hispanic Foundation of the Arts Scholarship 

Edie and Lew Wasserman Fellowship 

Hollywood Foreign Press Award 

Steven Bochco Fellowship 

Motion Picture Association Award 

UCLA Graduate Opportunity Scholarship 

Bill Gates Millennium Scholar  

 

TALENT LABS

2018-2019  Sundance Documentary Development Fellowship for Julian 

2018 Berlinale Talents 

2017 Firelight Media Impact Producer Fellowship

2016-2017 Sundance Institute Diversity Action Committee 

2014 Sundance Latino Screenwriting Project 

2013 Film Independent Project Involve Directing Fellow

2013 Transatlantic Film Talent Lab in Reykjavik, Iceland

 

FILM FESTIVAL JURIES

Juror for the 2019 Transform Film Festival (Short Documentary Competition)

Curator for the 2018 Cine Las Americas Hecho en Tejas Program 

Juror for the 2017 Cine Las Americas Film Festival (Short Documentary Competition) 

Juror for the 2016 San Diego Latino Film Festival (Feature Documentary Competition)

Juror for the 2015 Brico Award at the Milwaukee Film Festival 

EDUCATION

MFA in Directing from UCLA 

BA in Latin American Studies and Minor in French from Southwestern University