This issue is chockfull of stars. Eduardo Yanez, Ricky Martin, Jacob Vargas and Patricia Riggen, just to name a few. But this portfolio is not about that. It's about showcasing some great yet relatively unknown talent that you should really get to know. There's Daniela Ruiz, a young filmmaker who is working hard to make it in Hollywood, where there is few women directors and even less Latinas. Or how about Catalina Gonzalez, a Dallas fashion designer who launched a baby line of clothing. There's more, much more. If you are looking for culture, you came to the right place. Take David Torres, a journalist turned poet who explores being Latino in America. Or Marco Antonio Flores, the author of a thriller novel from Arizona who may just have the key to border relations. All of our portfolio leaders are brilliant. Enjoy.
THE WOMAN BEHIND THE CAMERA
THOUGH DANIELA started her storytelling journey in theatre, film theory and writing for television, she has made a sharp turn into producing films in Hollywood, CA. Daniela Ruiz is a millennial, bilingual and bicultural filmmaker--with many stories to tell. Daniela fell in love with film as a kid when she spent endless hours watching films with her father.
She followed her passion by earning a Bachelor of Science in TV, Film, and New Media Production from San Diego State University. After graduating she wrote, developed and produced multiple seasons of Spanish language shows for MTV Networks in Miami and later in New York City.
Earlier this year Daniela earned a Master of Fine Arts in Producing from the prestigious American Film Institute Conservatory in Los Angeles, CA. While at the AFI she produced seven narrative short films and is currently in development with two feature films set to begin production in 2016. One is a Spanish language comedy entitled He Matado a mi Marido that she is developing with other Latino filmmakers.
Daniela is an active member of Women in Film and is passionate about her participation in the Latino Donor Collaborative (a national organization dedicated to reshaping the perception of Latinos as part of the American social mainstream).
Photo by Marianne Williams
THE POET WHO CAME FROM THE SHADOWS
POET, JOURNALIST AND NOVELIST.
"We don't read and write poetry because it's cute, we read and write poetry because we are members of the human race," said Robin Williams as English teacher John Keating, in that classic 1989 film, Dead Poets...