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(WEBINAR) Club Creative – Latinx Women in Film

A short film screening and educational event centered around Latinx women filmmakers presented with Mezcla Collective.

Latinx Women in Film was organized with Mezcla Collective as a part of DCASE professional development series to provide educational business resources for participants to learn and grow their craft, provide helpful feedback from industry leaders on their film shorts and help increase connectivity within Chicago creative community in film.


Good Mothers by Wendy Mateo
Seven by Christy Michelle
Emergence by Rey Tang

Featured panelists:

Estrella Vargas – Estrella Vargas is a professional multi media storyteller passionate about visually telling the stories of humanity. Through cinematography, directing, and editing, she works to amplify the voices of marginalized communities. Currently, in her graduate studies at Depaul University, she spearheads a research initiative that looks for the best techniques to properly light darker skin tones on camera.
Erika Valenciana – Erika Valenciana, a filmmaker, printmaker, and teaching artist, received a Film and Video degree from Columbia College Chicago. Her work focuses on bringing stories of marginalized groups, particularly women of color, from the background to the foreground. Valenciana has screened A number of her documentary films and short videos and one various awards in the United States and abroad.

Diana Quiñones Rivera – Diana Quiñones Rivera is a Puerto Rican filmmaker based in Chicago since 2015. Since her move away from the East Coast, Diana has collaborated with numerous local dance and music artists and with various non profits on music videos, promos, documentaries and a docu-series. She is currently working on writing a narrative feature length script and on premiering/ distributing her second feature length documentary titled “Resistimos”.

About Mezcla Collective:

Our mission is to provide resources to ensure that women and non-binary filmmakers of color realize their full potential as storytellers and agents of change at a local level. Mezcla currently has three tiers of resources offered: hyper-local, knowledge transfer, and career advancement. By creating a local hub in Chicago, women of color can be provided with resources to enhance their craft by way of creating access to a network, workshops, and a centralized local community without having to look to coastal cities such as Los Angeles or New York City. Mezcla also seeks to level the playing field, ensuring that women and non-binary filmmakers of color are able to participate in their city’s bustling media production scene.

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Event Details
10. 19. 2021
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm