Gringa / 2018
In Miami, where I grew up, Cuban-American culture was the norm, but I realized after moving to Los Angeles that most of the world hadn't heard our story. Gringa was born of conversations about my Cuban heritage with my co-writer and producer, Lana Link.
After we wrote the script, I was terrified to hand it off. What if they got it wrong? What if this film ended up an inauthentic expression of my culture? Wasn't the whole point that people didn't get our whole thing?
So I asked to direct it. And my life changed.
I am extremely proud of Gringa as a first film, and I will always be grateful to those who made it with me. It helped me find my purpose, passion, and vocation.
In Gringa, workaholic Vanessa (played by the hilarious Anna Cecilia) gets conscripted by her abuelo (Ruben Rabasa) to search for a car part for her cousin in Cuba. She learns lessons from her abuela (Lidia Porto) and meets hilarious characters (Fernando Martinez, Jose Sarduy, Jorge Emanuel Berrios, Mario Barra) as she rushes through Miami and confronts everyone's assumptions.
FEATURED / NALIP's Latinx Directors You Should Know / 2019
BEST DIRECTOR / UCLAx FF / 2019
BEST SHORTS DIRECTOR / Georgia Latino FF / 2019
BEST WRITER / Austin Under the Stars FF / 2018
AUDIENCE AWARD / Broad Humor FF / 2018
AUDIENCE CHOICE / Hollyshorts Monthly Screenings / 2018
BEST SHORT FILM / Fayetteville FF / 2018