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BIOGRAPHY

LULU VALENCIA
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I am an award-winning screenwriter, producer and director whose projects have won awards in international film festivals.   I am a Mexican immigrant who is passionate about social justice issues such as immigrant rights, reproductive rights, racial justice, civil rights and voter registration. My activism led me to LAX where I protested the 2017 Muslim ban and in 2020, I  traveled several times to Atlanta to help register people to vote and to canvass for Rev. Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff.  I've traveled to Washington D.C. to demand justice for Vanessa Guillen.  In 2020 I  was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award by Women of Color Filmmakers for my work as an activist, community leader, and filmmaker.

Born in Mexico to a single mother, I immigrated to the U.S. as a child and was raised in California. While finishing my undergraduate studies at  Brown University, my best friend encouraged me to use my creativity, wit and humor to write screenplays.  My  comedy is influenced by In Living Color, El Chavo del Ocho, La Famila P. Luche and MAD TV.  My TV comedy pilot was a finalist at Peachtree Village International Film Festival screenplay competition and at the Women of Color Filmmakers Fall competition. 

 

My directorial debut was in "Top Notch", a film I  also wrote and produced.  It screened at 25 film festivals  and won Best Comedy, Best Director and Best Producer.  My  film, Shenanigans, won Best Comedy at the 2022 City of Angels Women’s Film Festival and was an official selection at the 17th Peachtree Village International Film Festival in Atlanta.  I wrote, produced and directed Shenanigans.  I  also wrote, produced and directed Little G from East L.A. and  Back Seat Sister.  I was an Assistant Director on Dukkha, Friending, Swish, Inside and Average; all short films. She was a producer on Dukkha, Average and Consensus.  On the feature film, A Rose in Concrete,  I was an associate producer.

I am a Women of Color Filmmakers Film Lab fellow, a mentorship program where I wrote, produced and directed I Am Still Here, a short drama about a Latina, elderly woman in a nursing home who eagerly awaits a visit from her daughter.  I wrote this film to humanize the elderly who’ve often become invisible and forgotten in this society.   I write diverse characters that capture the voices and experiences of those who have been exploited and silenced. Her goal is to continue to write powerful stories that will impact others and bring messages of  hope. 

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