The Queens of Queens chronicles the true-life experiences of cross-dressing Latino immigrants living double lives in the shadows of New York City. Behind the bodega counter by day, queens of the drag scene by night, they’re drawn by the prospect of freedom in the US, yet trapped by the prevailing homophobia in their communities. Ultimately the Queens find an outlet in an underground world of amateur drag balls, variety shows and runway competitions. I directed and produced this teaser for pitches to various broadcast outlets hoping for a greenlight on a series. Ru-Paul's Drag Race beat me to the punch.
Riverkeeper is a member supported watchdog organization dedicated to defending the Hudson River, its tributaries and the drinking water of 9 million NYC and Hudson Valley residents. I supervised production on this short for Tribeca Film Institute. The film was featured at the organization's 50th Anniversary Gala which raised over $1.6 million dollars in one evening and honored environmentalists Leonardo DiCaprio and Ralph Lauren. Watch the 8 minute film here: bit.ly/253Ixr3
Ex-gang members in search of a more dignified life, FIRMES is the story of the hardships and triumphs faced by a group of Mexican immigrants fighting for survival in the Bronx. United by their love for art, culture and Mexican traditions, they’ve formed strong bonds and a solid community. Together they attempt to stay away from gang life, get over past mistakes and hash out a legitimate existence in the tangled urban landscape of New York City. Directed by Armando Croda and Lindsey Cordero. Catch it on NatGeoMundo.
In this spirited coming-of-age PBS documentary, Latino high school students compete to be the state champion Mariachi Band while experiencing the trials and triumphs shared by all American teens. From band auditions to the thrill of cut-throat competition, Mariachi High provides much-needed affirmative screen time for teens who are inspired by cultural pride and striving for excellence. Directors: Ilana Trachtman & Kim Connell. Shop PBS here.
This intro is part of a series of drug & violence prevention videos I directed and produced for The US State Department, The US Embassy in Nicaragua & University of Tennessee. The videos form part of health curriculums and are shown in middle schools throughout Nicaragua to combat violence, drug and alcohol abuse among tweens.
Sesame Street in Communities offers tools to parents and providers to help children grow stronger, smarter and kinder. This short highlights the differences between the way children and adults process grief. For Sesame Workshop Social Impact w/ Ataboy Studios.
Through candid verité footage and home video diaries, Odd Ones Out documents four years in the courageous lives of three transgender teens as they transition into adulthood and face life-altering events. Family intolerance, abuse, homelessness, sex work, violence and harassment serve as the backdrop for a dramatic story of acceptance, rejection, identity and change. Directed by Dana McClure and Kirby Conn. Distributed by Granada International and Cinema Guild.
"Do you think these ice cubes are purified water?" Improvisational Actress Megan Martin and Director Beth Miranda Botshon had a blast taking the infamous meme across the border. Filmed in beautiful Oaxaca City.
Alex married young, had kids, & never sowed her wild oats. Jane is still single, ready to settle & so damn sick of Tinder. Together, they're funny. An improv comedy web series starring UCB and PIT performers Rachel Rosenthal, Julie Rosing and Taylor Newhall. Watch episodes here.
A call to action to the public and decision makers, this explainer video explores the historical and contemporary context of midwifery in Mexico, stressing the untapped potential of incorporating professional midwives into already existing medical infrastructures. Featured by Harvard's Maternal Health Task Force, the video has been shown at Health conferences throughout Mexico, the US, Suriname and Canada.
Zoraima Rosario-Rolón is an expert coach and teacher who works regularly with Family, Friend and Neighbor childcare providers or FFNs. In this short documentary portrait we witness her in action, helping FFN's to deepen their understanding of childhood development and strengthen their relationships with the children and families they work with everyday. Produced with MuMedia for Sesame Street in Communities.