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I'm a bilingual filmmaker born and raised in El Paso, TX and currently based in Austin. 


2022 Gotham Award Nominee for Best Doc Feature for WHAT WE LEAVE BEHIND

2022 SXSW Lone Star & New Voices Fandor Award for WHAT WE LEAVE BEHIND

DOC NYC's 40 under 40 for 2021

25 New Faces of Independent Film for 2020

2020 Filmflow Award presented for WHAT WE LEAVE BEHIND during IFP Week 

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 



2020 Women at Sundance | Adobe Fellowship 

2020 Logan Nonficiton Fellowship for Lo que dejamos atras 

2019 True False/Catapult Rough Cut Retreat

2018-2019  Sundance Documentary Development Fellowship for Lo que dejamos atras 

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



Juror for Texas Shorts at the 2023 SXSW Film Festival 

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 


MFA in Directing from UCLA 

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


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