PANELIST BIO'S

JUAREZ ARTISTS IN FILM PANEL

LAURA BUSTILLOS JÁQUEZ – HOST

Laura Bustillos Jáquez is a documentary filmmaker and photographer from the border of Mexico and the United States. As a transnational woman of color, she focuses on telling stories about immigration and social reconstruction movements within the U.S.-Mexico border and the world. Laura graduated with a BA in Visual Journalism and a special recognition from Brooks Institute in Ventura, California. She then obtained a David Lynch MA in Film at Maharishi University in 2015.

She is a 2020 fellow of The Laundromat Project in NYC, was 2019’s Distinguished Global Speaker on Immigration, Humanity, and Empowerment at Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland, participated in Creative Capital’s “Taller Profesional para Artistas” in 2019, was invited lecturer of “Decolonizing our Identities” at the Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juarez as well as ISMA in Cotonou, Benin as part of “Le Festival International de court-métrage des écoles de cinema”, among other creative accomplishments as a Director, Director of Photography, Editor, Producer, and more.

She is the founder of La Bú Productions and is currently based in New York City & Ciudad Juarez-El Paso (U.S.-Mexico Border).

CELINA GALICIA
My name is Celina, born in Torreón, Coahuila but raised in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua.

I studied Communication and Digital Media in Juárez. Since my early college years, I’ve been involved in audiovisual production, from short films to commercials and documentaries.

I have independently developed projects that include 6 short films where I’ve worked as a director, cinematographer, producer, or art director.

GABRIELA TORRES

Gabriela Torres is the first generation of Mexican-American in her family, being born in El Paso, Texas and raised in its “border sister city” Juarez, Mexico. She graduated a year early from UTEP where she received her BFA and is currently pursuing her MFA in Acting at The Juilliard School. She co-founded the first LatinX student organization at Juilliard.

She had the pleasure of working on various Latino plays, including “Lydia” by Octavio Solis, for which she received the “Outstanding Performance in Acting” national award from the Kennedy Center in 2018. She was awarded one of the two full scholarships to attend the Midsummer Program of the British American Dramatic Academy at Oxford, England.  Gabriela had the pleasure of playing Julieta in “Memory Box”, a short film directed by Angie Reza Tures, exhibited

PERSIA CAMPBELL

Su obra fotográfica explora la auto-representación femenina a través del manejo del color y el diseño de producción. Trabaja el montaje de escenografía para reconstruir y representar la estética íntima fronteriza y del norte del país. Persia Campbell es Licenciada en Artes Visuales con especialidad en Medios Digital (Fotografía y Video) por la Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez. Tiene formación en Dirección de arte con un taller en el Centro Universitario de Estudios Cinematográficos de la UNAM y un diplomado en Realización cinematografica por la Academia de San Carlos en la Ciudad de México. Concluye sus estudios de Maestría en el año 2018 en el programa de “Estudios y Procesos Creativos en Arte y Diseño” de la UACJ.

Ha presentado su trabajo en diferentes exposiciones nacionales e internacionales. Recientemente en el 2019 participó en el “Conversatorio de fotógrafas en la frontera organizado por el Museo de Arte de Ciudad Juárez en colaboración con el INBAL en la mesa d artistas emergentes. Presentó su última serie “Apología de la selfie” (2019) como parte de la Jornadas “Mujeres sin Fronteras” en el espacio auto-gestivo CX16 en la misma frontera.

Con su más reciente serie fotográfica “Itinerario de una mujer en la frontera” participó en l exposición organizada por Vasa Project de nombre “Magic Realisim. Latinas en México” Curad por Ximena Echague y Fernanda Pineda. Con esta misma serie resulta ganadora de los premios 15th Pollux Awards en Barcelona, en la categoría de auto-retrato en la sección de imágen individual y en los premios IPA (International photography awards) en el primer lugar de la sub-categoría de auto-retrato.

Como directora su trabajo audiovisual tiene un enfoque intimista y personal. Su primer cortometraje de nombre “Acta est Fabula” se estrenó en el 2019 en la selección oficial de El Paso Film Festival.

Actualmente trabaja en su opera prima documental de nombre “Los años de Otto” largometraje ganador del apoyo “Chihuahua en Corto” de la Secretaria de Cultura del Estado, este mismo documental fue seleccionado para formar parte de “Plataforma MX” un taller de formación a cargo del festival de documental nacional “DOCS MX”. En el 2020 fue seleccionado en el Festival Latinoamericano de Cine de Quito en la sección de “Opera prima Latina”. Como diseñadora de producción ha trabajado para proyectos apoyados por la Secretaria de Cultura del Estado de Chihuahua y el MCAD en la ciudad de El Paso.

Actualmente se encuentra en la post-producción de su obra Los años de Otto y en la pre-producción de su próximo cortometraje de nombre “Con Vista al Rio”.

EL PASO & LAS CRUCES FILMMAKER ROUND TABLE

ANGIE REZA TURES – HOST

Angie has worked in independent film since 2003 after graduating from the University of San Francisco with a B.A. in Media Studies and minor in Music. For twelve years, she worked as a producer, director, and editor in the Bay Area mentoring under Oscar-nominated and Sundance award-winning documentary filmmakers.

Since 2011, Angie has lived and worked in El Paso serving as the Executive Director of Femme Frontera, a film organization which advocates for the amplification of films made by female-identifying filmmakers from border regions around the world, most especially the U.S.-Mexico border. Femme Frontera has been featured in Variety, Texas Monthly, and Remezcla and in 2019 became listed as one of the “Top 10 Film Festivals for Female Filmmakers” by Milan Arielle Productions in Detroit as well as one of the top “Film Festivals who are Showing How Media Has the Power to Change the World” by GirlHQ.

In 2020, Femme Frontera was awarded an $80,000 grant from the Ford Foundation. 

LAURA BUSTILLOS JÁQUEZ

Laura Bustillos Jáquez is a documentary filmmaker and photographer from the border of Mexico and the United States. As a transnational woman of color, she focuses on telling stories about immigration and social reconstruction movements within the U.S.-Mexico border and the world. Laura graduated with a BA in Visual Journalism and a special recognition from Brooks Institute in Ventura, California. She then obtained a David Lynch MA in Film at Maharishi University in 2015.

She is a 2020 fellow of The Laundromat Project in NYC, was 2019’s Distinguished Global Speaker on Immigration, Humanity, and Empowerment at Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland, participated in Creative Capital’s “Taller Profesional para Artistas” in 2019, was invited lecturer of “Decolonizing our Identities” at the Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juarez as well as ISMA in Cotonou, Benin as part of “Le Festival International de court-métrage des écoles de cinema”, among other creative accomplishments as a Director, Director of Photography, Editor, Producer, and more.

She is the founder of La Bú Productions and is currently based in New York City & Ciudad Juarez-El Paso (U.S.-Mexico Border).

JAZMIN ONTIVEROS HARVEY

Jazmin Ontiveros Harvey is a queer Latinx filmmaker from the borderlands of New Mexico.

Currently the Programming Director for Femme Frontera, Jazmin works to actively empower female identifying voices along the border. Jazmin’s path into the film industry started at the ACLU of Southern California, where she used her passion for social justice storytelling to create several short documentaries. In 2017, Jazmin joined the ICG Local 600 and has risen to the level of projects such as Bios, starring Tom Hanks, and The Harder They Fall, starring Jonothan Majors and Idris Elba. Among other projects,

Jazmin was the cinematographer for the award-winning web series Bad Juju, as well as Matter of Black, which was distributed by Seed & Spark. Currently, she is working on developing her first feature film, a coming of age story titled “My Name is Lupe”.

CRISTINA IBARRA
Cristina Ibarra is a Sundance award-winning filmmaker with a 20-year storytelling practice rooted in her border-crossing homeland along the Texas-Mexico border.

The Infiltrators is a docu-thriller about undocumented activists who go undercover inside a detention center to help set free those inside. It’s currently being distributed by Oscilloscope. It won the Audience and the Innovator Award in the NEXT section at the Sundance Film Festival in 2019, among other notable festival awards.

The New York Times calls her previous award-winning documentary, Las Marthas, about wealthy South Texas border debutantes who honor George Washington in Laredo, Texas “a striking alternative portrait of border life”. It premiered on PBS’s Independent Lens in 2014 and is distributed by Women Make Movies. The Last

Conquistador, a documentary about the racially conflicted construction of a monument to a conquistador in El Paso, Texas, was broadcast on POV in 2008. USA Today describes it as “Heroic”. Her award-winning directorial debut, Dirty Laundry: A Homemade Telenovela, was broadcast on PBS in 2001. She is the recipient of fellowships from Soros, Rauschenberg, Rockefeller, NYFA, CPB/PBS, NALIP, Firelight, the Sundance Women’s Initiative, and Creative Capital, among others.

MARU BUENDIA-SENTIES

Award winning writer/director, Maru Buendia-Senties, originally from Mexico City, currently lives in Los Angeles, CA and earned her MFA in Film Production from the University of Texas at Austin.

As a winner of the Princess Grace Award and the Latino Lens Narrative Incubator by NALIP, Maru embraces her passion to make action, horror and sci-fi films.

Her strong post production and visual effects background led to her collaborations with Robert Rodriguez at Troublemaker Studios; Mirada Studios, company created by Guillermo del Toro; and Pixomondo, visual effects company for Game of Thrones.

She was also VFX production manager in the feature film department for Sony, Screen Gems & Annapurna. Currently, she is working with Amazon Studios on US Originals and LATAM projects while continuing her personal endeavors in genre films from the perspective of two cultures that have defined her storytelling.

ILIANA SOSA

Iliana Sosa is a documentary and narrative fiction filmmaker based in Austin,Texas. She was born and raised in El Paso, Texas, by Mexican immigrant parents. A former Bill Gates Millennium Scholar, she holds an MFA in film production and directing from UCLA.

She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Steven Bochco Fellowship, the
Hollywood Foreign Press Award, the Edie and Lew Wasserman Fellowship and the National Hispanic Foundation of the Arts Scholarship, among others. Iliana has directed short documentaries, fiction shorts and a narrative fiction feature, Detained in the Desert, which had its World Premiere at the 2012 Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival. In 2017, Firelight Media awarded her an Impact Producer Fellowship. In 2018, she was selected as a Berlinale Talent and co-directed a short documentary, An Uncertain Future, with Chelsea Hernandez.

The short screened at the 2018 SXSW Film Festival and won a Jury Award for Best Texas Short. It also screened at the 2018 Aspen ShortsFest where it won the Youth Jury Award. She was a 2018–2019 Sundance Institute Development Fellow with her first feature documentary, Lo que dejamos atrás.

The film has received additional support from the Ford Foundation and participated in the 2019 True/False Catapult Retreat and the 2020 IFP Documentary Lab. Iliana has also participated in the Jacob Burns Residency with the project. She was recently named a 2020 Women at Sundance Adobe Fellow and one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film.