Originally from Michoacán, Mexico, Maria Victoria Ponce is a San Francisco Bay Area film director/writer who grew up in Richmond, California. She appreciates the complexity in the routine lives within poor and working-class neighborhoods, and themes of sexuality and coming of age tend to recur in her work. Maria Victoria is a NALIP Latino Media Market fellow and a Latino Screenwriting Project fellow. She is currently developing her first feature-length film as an artist resident at SFFILM FilmHouse in San Francisco. Maria Victoria wrote and directed the short film Mago
, an official selection of the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival, HBO/New York International Latino Film Festival, and Los Angeles Women’s International Film Festival. She also directed and produced the documentary Engage Her
, interviewing civil rights leaders Dolores Huerta and Aileen Hernandez and Voto Latino founder María Teresa Kumar, among others. She recently wrote and directed the short film Lil Esmi
, which premiered at the San Diego Latino Film Festival. Her latest projects include writing the feature-length script Hella Aquanet
and writing and directing her short film Ruda
, now in post-production.
Washing Elena — A Mexican-American woman’s best friend is killed in a hate crime after she converts to Islam.