APRIL 7-9, 2016

Presented by the Latino Studies Program
at the IU Cinema

The third Latino Film Festival and Conference will put Latina filmmakers, actresses, and Latina film scholars at the center. The aim of this Festival and Conference is to present new perspectives in the studies of Latina identity that move us away from stereotypical representations, and that showcases the intersectionality of identity within the contexts of immigration, gender, sexuality, social class, and race/ethnicity issues. The Latina film festival provides an exciting and productive paradigm in which to showcase the innovative directing and acting of women in documentaries, shorts, and feature length films.


All events free but ticketed


5:00 pm
Keynote Lecture: Patricia Cardoso
6:30 pm
The Second Mother (2015)
9:30 pm
Lake Los Angeles (2014)


9:00 am
Now en Español (2015)
Q&A with Director Andrea Meller
11:00 am
Las Marthas (2014)
Q&A with Director Cristina Ibarra
2:00 pm
Conference Panel 1: Shorts & Conversations with Directors
4:00 pm
Conference Panel 2: The Latina Experience in Hollywood
6:30 pm
Real Women Have Curves (2002)
Q&A with Director Patricia Cardoso
9:30 pm
How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer (2005)


9:00 am
Señorita Extraviada (2001)
10:30 am
Conference Panel 3: Victimization and Violence
1:30 pm
No Más Bebés (2015)
Q&A with Director Renee Tajima-Peña
3:30 pm
Mala Mala (2014)
6:30 pm
Girlfight (2000)
9:30 pm
Filly Brown (2012)


Mary Beltrán

Mary Beltrán is an Associate Professor of Radio-Television-Film at University of Texas at Austin, specializing in critical race studies and television and film studies. She is a faculty affiliate of the Center for Mexican American Studies and Department of American Studies; some of her courses also count toward the College of Communication’s undergraduate certificate in Latino Media Studies.

Her research is focused on the construction of race, class, and gender—with particular emphasis on Latina/os and mixed race representation— in U.S. television, film, and celebrity culture, and how media texts and producers articulate and challenge social hierarchies and group identities. She also has strong interest in and teaches on U.S. television and film history, critical and cultural studies of television and film, celebrity studies, feminist media studies, media activism and alternative media.

Dr. Beltrán has published on a wide variety of topics, including the evolution of Latina/o film and television production and stardom since the 1920s, the implications of the rising visibility of mixed-race actors and characters, Latina action film heroines, and the increasing “Latinization” of television and film narratives in the post-millennial era. She is the author of Latina/o Stars in U.S. Eyes: The Making and Meanings of Film and TV Stardom (University of Illinois Press, 2009) and co-editor, with Camilla Fojas, of Mixed Race Hollywood (NYU Press, 2008). Her current projects include the essay “Fast and Bilingual: The Fast Franchise’s Lucrative Embodiment of U.S. Borderlands” and the book manuscript Post Race Pop? Strategic ‘Racelessness’ in Millennial Media Culture.

Patricia Cardoso

Patricia Cardoso is an award-winning director, producer, and writer. Her credits include the Sundance Audience Award-winning feature film, Real Woman Have Curves, the television movies Lies in Plain Sight and Meddling Mom, the web-series RO, and the short films The Air Globes and La Clave.

Ms. Cardoso has received several film and academic awards including a Student Academy Award for her film The Water Carrier, a Fulbright Excellence Award, the IDA Lupino Directors Guild of America Award, a Humanities Prize, and a Special Recognition Award from the Smithsonian Institute.

Formerly an archaeologist in her native Colombia, Patricia is a Fulbright Scholar, has an MFA in Film Directing from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a B.A. in Anthropology from Universidad de los Andes. As an archaeologist she found the oldest C-14 date for the Tairona culture.

Ms. Cardoso was Director of Sundance’s Latin American program for five years and Interim Director of Project Involve at Film Independent. She is an active member of the Directors Guild of America and has served in its Independent Directors Committee for twelve years. She has taught at the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California for nine years.

Cristina Ibarra

Cristina Ibarra is a Chicana filmmaker who has been making award-winning independent films that explore the US-Mexico border for the past fourteen years. To Ibarra the border is not only a subject – it is home. She was raised in El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Her new documentary, Las Marthas, premieres on Independent Lens this year. The New York Times calls it a “striking alternative portrait of border life.” Her PBS documentary The Last Conquistador had a national broadcast on POV. USA Today called the film “Heroic”. Dirty Laundry: A Homemade Telenovela, her first short fiction, won multiple awards at festivals, including Best Short Fiction, the Audience Award, and the Jury Award, and was broadcast nationwide on PBS. Since then, Ibarra has created short interstitials for the New York International Latino Film Festival, Latino Public Broadcasting and with the Latina interdisciplinary collective

Andrea Meller

Andrea is a Chilean-American, LA based filmmaker originally from New York. Prior to Now En Español, she most recently co-directed Emmy-nominated Hard Road Home (Independent Lens/PBS) and prior directed 156 Rivington (Sundance Channel). Her films have screened at SXSW, SilverDocs, and NY International Latino Film Festival, among others, and by community groups internationally. Her shorter work has screened at the Netherlands Architecture Biennale, Museum of the City of NY, Storefront for Art and Architecture, and she has worked for National Geographic, MTV, TLC, Food, WE and Style. Her projects have received support from PBS' Latino Public Broadcasting, California Humanities, Pacific Pioneer, and the National Association of Latino Arts & Culture. Andrea is a fellow of the Film Independent Documentary Lab and the PBS/CPB and NALIP Latino Producers Academies and received her BA at Swarthmore College.

Isabel Molina-Guzmán

Isabel Molina-Guzmán is an associate professor in Latina/Latino Studies, Media & Cinema Studies and a faculty affiliate of Gender & Women’s Studies and Latin American & Caribbean Studies at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. She graduated from the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania (MAC '94; PhD '00). Molina-Guzmán served as Chair of the Department of Latina/Latino Studies 2007-2008, 2009-2012.

Molina-Guzmán’s research and teaching strives to combine her academic interests with her professional experiences as a journalists and communications specialist. Additionally, her interdisciplinary training in humanistic and social scientific approaches drives her research projects on the social construction of identity and contemporary popular culture. Finally, Molina’s commitment to publicly engaged scholarship informs her contemporary analysis of Latinas in the media, U.S. immigration politics, and the media commodification of racialized ethnic communities.

Molina-Guzmán is author of Dangerous Curves: Latina Bodies in the Media (NYU Press, 2010). She is currently chair of the Department of Latina/Latino Studies and an associate professor in Latina/Latino Studies, Media & Cinema Studies and Gender & Women’s Studies at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. Her works have appeared in numerous edited collected and academic journals such as Latino Studies, Journalism, Popular Communication, Critical Studies in Media and Communication.

Renee Tajima-Peña

Professor Renee Tajima-Peña is an Academy Award-nominated filmmaker whose credits include the documentaries, Calavera Highway, Skate Manzanar, Labor Women, My America...or Honk if You Love Buddha, and Who Killed Vincent Chin? Her films have premiered at the Cannes, Locarno, New Directors/New Films, San Francisco, Sundance and Toronto film festivals and the Whitney Biennial.

Her current works are the documentary and transmedia project, No Más Bebés Por Vida (No More Babies For Life) about the sterilization of Mexican-origin women at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center during the 1960s and 70s, and an interactive history documentary and video game-based learning project on the World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans, Building History 3.0.

Tajima-Peña has been deeply involved in the Asian American independent film community as an activist, writer and filmmaker. She was the director at Asian Cine-Vision in New York and a founding member of the Center for Asian American Media (formerly National Asian American Telecommunications Association. As a writer, she was a film critic for The Village Voice, a cultural commentator for National Public Radio and editor of Bridge: Asian American Perspectives.

Ofelia Yanez

Ofelia Yánez is currently working as producer at Abernethy Media Professionals, a creative production company in Dallas, TX.

Originally from Mexico City, Ofelia was raised in Dallas, where she attended and graduated from the University of North Texas radio, television and film program.

Upon graduation, she moved to Los Angeles, and started her career at Brave New Films, where she created and produced the successful web video campaign, Cuéntame, a short video online project for the young Latino audience. Over 100 videos were produced and published, with an overall growth of over 1 million impressions and multiple multi-million dollar Ford Foundation grants. Her original and successful viral campaign, 'Do I look illegal?' garnered support and appearances from public figures such as Martin Sheen, Hector Elizondo, Tony Plana, Norman Lear and more.

Ofelia then joined Canana Films, founded by Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal, where she coordinated the feature film, Cesar Chávez, directed by Diego Luna, and produced by John Malkovich. She also contributed to the film as translator, script editor, researcher, travel coordinator for crews in U.S. and Mexico, on set assistant director, and personal assistant to director, Diego Luna.

Ofelia wrote, directed and produced the short film, The Good Kind, winner of the Audience Choice Award for Best Narrative Short at the Pride Film Festival of Brazos Valley, and opening film at Cine Las Americas International Film Festival in Austin TX. She is currently developing her first feature film, Luchita.

The Latina Film Festival and Conference is sponsored by:

Background images are stills from the following films respectively: Las Marthas, Lake Los Angeles, Mala Mala