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Upcoming Short Documentary: MADE STRONG

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS: THE “MYSTERIOUS DISEASE” & ITS EFFECT ON HISPANICS For my latest short documentary “Made Strong,” my team and I investigate the effect of ‘Multiple Sclerosis’ (MS) on patients and their caregivers of Hispanic origin. Specifically, diving into the impact on Latino communities (both native US citizens and immigrants) where misinformation pervades. During my last few months researching for “Made Strong”, the team and I have met with support groups and individuals with MS, learning how they processed and persevered through this intense diagnosis and treatment.  For those first diagnosed with MS, and their families, it can be...

ACTION: ASICS Tales of Grit

My friend Molly is a badass.  I first met her in 2nd grade, within a year of moving to the United States. We wouldn't meet again until by chance, we were next-door neighbors in our freshman dorms.   I was able to tell her story through an ASICS spec---  this is her story of resilience and strength.     ...

ACTION: Immigrant Health Initiative

[caption id="attachment_1022" align="alignright" width="357"] To read article, click photo![/caption]                         I was very blessed to be one of the director's of a short series for USC's Immigrant Health Initiative (Shout out to Lori Webster and Jin Yoo-Kim-- powerful female directors!). The three portraits were designed to engage doctors and health experts to the conversation of immigrant health. I was welcomed  into the Lopez' family and was able to tell their beautiful story. Check out the USC news story about it for more info, watch below and see the other two shorts! Why not do it...

ACTION: Fall in Love with What You Love

I am so happy I was able to collaborate with Amanie, a Demolition Crew (Krump dance group) dancer I met while filming STAND. Amanie is a Krump and modern dancer out in Los Angeles. As I filmed her dance, she told stories about her dance journey. It all began when her older sister, who passed away young, encouraged her to pursue dance. Ever since then, its been a struggle to pursue her dreams to be a dancer. This is her dance, showing the battle within herself to keep loving what she loves; dance....

ACTION: Cinetique… get your croissants ready!

Here is Cinetique, a fashion short I wrote and directed for Nicolas Felizola. Ingredients: Nicolas Felizola's beautiful dresses. Collaboration with my talented designer friend Valerie Dueñas  Score by Nathan Matthew David Paris as our playground Directions Have a week of prep to design concept and pull elements together and a few months of post-production and voila!   REEL TRUTH: Nicolas and I were both born on the same date: June 6th! Valerie and I have known each other since second grade and have been best friends for 12 years! Valerie's Boyfriend is the morning gentleman featured in the beginning of the video. ...

ACTION: STAND

This is a trailer to STAND, a 20-minute documentary I just completed directing. Synopsis: "Through Krump, one dance crew takes a stand against the poverty and crime plaguing South Los Angeles." Krump, Deidra "Krucial" Cooper, Willie C. "Fudd" Hodge and Demolition Crew all taught me so much about perseverance and community. REEL TRUTH: Krucial is mentored by Miss Prissy, aka "The Queen of Krump". They are part of THE UNDERGROUND, a signed group of multitalented hip-hop dancers Demolition Crew has Krump sessions every Monday night 6:30-9pm at Chuco's Justice Center The film crew was a mini UN: China,...