El Futuro - The Future.
This Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month, we want to take the time to celebrate and uplift the work of four Hispanic and Latinx filmmakers who have been mentored under Made In Her Image and are making their mark.
These individuals are leaders of the next generation of diverse storytellers, and we are proud to say that we have been a part of their journey. By weaving their culture with authenticity, they are bringing new voices to our screens and demonstrating to the industry that Latinx voices are here to stay.
Mariah Barrera is a Mexican-American filmmaker and writer born and raised in Michigan. As a Latina filmmaker, she works to amplify the stories of Mexican Americans in the Midwest with a focus on social justice and equity. She uses her poetry to weave together narrative and documentary forms of storytelling about the world.
After participating in our Catalyst Cohort and seeing the representation that was possible, Mariah says her dreams now feel achievable.
Arlyn De los Santos Aquino is a creative producer and director born and raised in the Dominican Republic. Arlyn says Made In Her Image was the first real look at what authentic support for women and girls could look like in the film industry. From the first Made In Her Image event hosted in Phoenix, Arizona, to becoming a mentee in A24’s “Beyond the Screen” program, Arlyn has grown as a filmmaker alongside Made In Her Image’s mission.
She aims to tell stories about family, friends, and strangers she encounters every day and is driven by a desire to see narratives that put a spotlight on each person’s hero’s journey.
Kimberly Lopez Castellanos is a filmmaker and communications professional who tells stories about the extraordinary and everyday lives of Black and brown people who are winning and just moving through life.
Since joining the Made In Her Image network, Kimberly has worked as an associate producer with us from across the country. Having a community that inspires and informs her professional work has given her the confidence to take her knowledge of filmmaking out of an academic setting onto sets.
Ingrid Nin is a producer and podcast host of “Entertainx”, a show highlighting the work of Latinx people working in the media and entertainment industry. As a producer, she works to uplift projects from creatives of color, especially fighting for further representation of Latinx people in film and television.
Learning under Made In Her Image has given her the assurance that no project is too big. Having learned how to create an environment of safety and inclusivity on her set, she advocates for equity in every workspace.