Dear Julia Alvarez…

I am a Spanish-speaking chica, born and raised in Panama, one among dozens of primos, tíos and tías, role models when mothers failed and fathers died—a world I left and haven’t left.  My own book is about to be born. It’s an expression of me—an excavation of memory and return to the soil of “la […]

Telling the Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché

One of the reasons I made the documentary Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché, about the first female filmmaker, was because I wanted to change the narrative about the origins of cinema—and show young girls and boys that a woman moved the medium forward, and paved the way for others. Alice Guy-Blaché was not only the first female […]