Santuario is a documentary short that follows Juana Ortega, a Guatemalan grandmother, who is threatened with deportation after 25 years of living in the United States. When ICE threatens deportation suddenly and without explanation, Juana must leave her family’s home and seek sanctuary at an unfamiliar church.
Santuario won the Jury Prize for Best Documentary Short at New Orleans Film Festival, 2018 and played festivals around the country. Santuario is a part of the Tribeca Film Institute's IF/Then Short Documentary Program, and a grantee of the Women in Film x Stella Artois Finishing Fund, Southern Documentary Fund, Footcandle Film Society, and the Fledgling Fund.
In 2019, Santuario will be broadcast on Reel South Season 4 through PBS and the World Channel, and available for streaming on AlJazeera’s documentary program, Witness. Santuario is available widely for community screenings, (more information on educational distribution to come).
I am a director, producer, and cinematographer on this short documentary, also directed by Christine Delp.
The Last Partera is a documentary film in production about women empowering women in the Turrialba Valley of Costa Rica. In the rural Costa Rican village of Tres Equis, Doña Miriam Elizondo has delivered more than 2,000 babies. At 95 years old, she is the last living partera (traditional midwife) in the Turrialba Valley. This film is fiscally sponsored by the Southern Documentary Fund.
I am a producer on this beautiful feature length documentary directed by Victoria Bouloubasis and Ned Phillips.
Una Mala Hierba / A Bad Weed. Reyna is an organic farmer in Ventura County who is a strong defender of environmental justice and farm worker rights. Her agricultural metaphors are on point too.
Watch "Mala Hierba" on The Atlantic Video under the headline "A Migrant Worker's Words for Trump."
This film was a part of the America Heard webseries that launched on Inauguration Day 2017.
I am a producer and editor on this short directed by Monica Wise.
Each year, thousands of immigrants die on their journey into the United States through Texas, and only a few Americans are doing anything to help. Lamento Con Alas profiles Dr. Lori Baker is a forensic scientist from Baylor University who works with Ranch Director Lavoyger Durham to exhume, identify, and repatriate the remains of immigrants who have died crossing due to dehydration in the desert, most of whom have been found after shoddy burials on the US/Texas border.
I directed, shot, and edited this short with producer and score composer Carlos Colón.
As a part of Duke University's Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative, I created a series of stories covering alumni entrepreneurs all over the country. The series featured women's entrepreneurship stories heavily, and covered a variety of fields including robotics, consumer products, and conservation.
Featured entrepreneurs include Carbon Robotics, Coach K of Duke Men's Basketball, Conservation X Labs, MATI Energy, and more.
Full series here.
Press: Inc. Magazine
New Tracts for Our Times was a series (“Scripture” and “Eucharist”) produced by Joseph Wolyniak (member of the SPI Leadership Team) with support from the Evangelical Education Society‘s “Evangelism in the 21st Century Program.”
I directed, shot, and edited these videos.