Cristina Ibarra

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Producer, Director, Additional Camera/EditingLas Marthas  is a PBS documentary about
an extraordinary rite of passage in Laredo, Texas where Mexican American debutantes dress
as American Revolutionaries to present at a grand ball; a 114-year tradition.
• Funded by the Jerome Foundation, Latino Public Broadcasting, Independent
Television Service, Diversity Development Fund & Texas Humanities.
• National broadcast on Independent Lens, February 17th, 2014.

Producer, Director, Additional EditingThe Last Conquistador  is an hour-long
PBS documentary that follows a sculptor as he builds the world’s largest bronze equestrian
monument to a Spanish colonizer despite growing protests by Native American and Chicano
activists who believe it is a monument to white supremacy. The bronze monument in El
Paso, Texas divides a largely Mexican American community along race and class lines.
• Awarded funds from PBS, Latino Public Broadcasting, NEH, NEA, Sundance
Documentary Fund, Native American Public Telecommuncations, Humanities Texas
and Independent TeleVision Service.
• National broadcast on P.O.V., July 15th, 2008.

Writer, DirectorLove & Monster Trucks  is an independent feature screenplay about a
Chicana artist’s struggle for independence from her immigrant family’s notions of the
American Dream. It is being developed with support from New York State Council for the
Arts, Creative Capital, Rockefeller, Astrea Lesbian Foundation for Justice and NALIP’s
Latino Producers Academy.
• Semi-Finalist, 2009 Sundance Screenwriters Lab.
• Official Selection, 2010 Iberamerican Films Crossing Borders, Guadalajara Film
Festival & Market
• Official Invitation, 2010 Writers Room Reading Series.

Writer, Director, Producer, Additional EditingWheels of Change   is a one-
minute trailer for the sponsor of the New York International Latino Film Festival. I was
awarded production funds out of ten invited submissions.
• Awarded Banco Popular’s “Banco Loves Dreams” production funds.
• Screened before every feature at the 2007 festival.
• View online at

Writer, Producer, Director, Editorfulana, (2000 – present), is a Latina arts collaborative.
I’ve made three satirical short videos with our collective as seen on the web:,
including:  Latino Plastic Cover, Lupe & JuanDi from the Block, and Amnezac.
• Awarded Best Short at CineFestival, San Antonio.
• Selected screenings: Havana Film Festival in NY, Exit Art, Galería de la Raza,
Yerba Buena Center, Cádiz International Theater Festival (Perú), Museo de Arte
Contemporáneo de Oaxaca, Centro Itaú Cultural in São Paulo among others.
• Fulana is in the permanent collection of Centro Cultural Pablo de la Torriente Brau
in Cuba and in the Hemispheric Institute’s Digital Video Library housed at NYU.
• Broadcast on KPFK’s Pocho Hour of Power, WBAI’s Rise Up program and Democracy Now TV.
• View online at

Writer, Producer, Director, EditorGrandma’s Hip Hop  is a one-minute interstitial for
Latino Public Broadcasting about an Abuelita with hearing loss. She imagines the sounds of
the kitchen turn into a Hip-Hop beat.
• Awarded funds from Latino Public Broadcasting.
• View online at

Writer, Producer, Director, Co-EditorDirty Laundry: A Homemade Telenovela  is a short film
about a 12-year-old Chicana who spends her adolescence on top of a washing machine. She
gets caught just before her cousin’s quinceñera.
• Awarded funds from Paul Robeson Fund
• Awarded Audience Award, African American Women In Cinema, Best Short Fiction,
CineFestival, San Antonio, TX, Jury Award, ImageNation, NYC, Finalist Arizona
Film Festival, Finalist MOXIE! Santa Monica Film Festival, Official Selection,
Independent Feature Film Market.
• Aired on PBS series ColorVision, WNET’s Voces Latinas and many other regional
PBS programs, as well as on Free Speech TV.
• Awards include: Best Short Fiction, CineFestival, 2001, Audience Award, Jury
Award, ImageNation, NYC, 2001, African American Women in Cinema, 2002.

Visiting Artist Residency – University of Texas at San Antonio, Department of English,
November 2010 – May 2011.

Artist Residency – Djerassi Artists Program, supported by the Helen L. Bing Fellowship,
October 2009.

Artist Residency – Blue Mountain Center, October 2007.

Creative Capital Fellow, 2005.

Rockefeller Media Fellow, 2003.

New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow, 2001.

Other Films
EditorTo Be Heard  pop-out video, in progress, is a four-minute video for
outreach and distribution of the public television broadcast of full program.

Writer, Producer, EditorWhere Elephants Weep, 2007, is a Cambodian musical. I made a
short documentary video for the opera. It is used for fundraising and marketing.
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Associate ProducerBlood Quantum, 2006, is a ten-minute web-based PBS film
accompanying the American Experience series, Natives, exploring the politics of enrollment
in the Cherokee nation.
• Director: Dustinn Craig.

Co Producer, Additional EditingHome, 2005, is a three-channel video documentary
commissioned by the Heard Museum of Native American Culture in Phoenix,AZ. This 30-
minute installation explores contemporary notions of home of people living on, and off, five
different Native American reservations in the Southwest.
• Director: Dustinn Craig.

Production ManagerToday I Found Out, 2000, is a short film adapted from an essay
written by 14-year old Samantha Hernandez from the Texas/Mexico border. She explores the
teen pregnancy epidemic when she finds out her best friend is pregnant. Produced by
Scenarios USA. Undocumented Films, Inc.
• Director: Griffin Dunne (Practical Magic, Lisa Picard is Famous).

Filmmaker’s Lab – Sundance Institute, 1998. Assigned to production team for development
of feature script, Love & Basketball. The story follows the love affair that develops between
next-door neighbors and the tough career decisions of adulthood that threaten to keep them apart.
• Director: Gina Prince.

Jury Panelist, 2010 Jerome Foundation, Travel & Study Grant, Film and Video Panel
Jury Panelist, 2010 New York Foundation for the Arts, Video Panel
Speaker, 2009 Native American Public Telecommunication’s VisionMaker Film Festival
Speaker, 2009 Activism and New Media Conference at Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences
Jury Panelist, 2009 Jerome Foundation, Film and Video Panel in New York, NY
Instructor, 2009 EMERGENYC students at NYU.
Instructor, 2007 fulana workshop at Global Action Project
Instructor, 2005 Encuentro Latino: A Dartmouth Summer Arts Festival, Dartmouth
Jury Panelist, 2007 Independent TeleVision Service Open Call Panel, San Francisco, CA
Participant, 2000 Independent Feature Film Market, New York, NY
Speaker, 2000 National Association of Latino Independent Producers Conference
Panelist, 1999 NY Foundation for the Arts Film Panel, New York, NY
Panel Coordinator, 2000 New York International Latino Film Festival
Festival Coordinator, 1997 Multicultural Film Festival, San Francisco, CA
Operations Director, 1997 Artists’ Television Access in San Francisco, CA
Assistant Director, 1995 –1996 CineFestival, San Antonio, TX
CoFounder-Director, 1994 –1996 Chicano/Latino Film Forum, Austin, TX

UCLA Professional Screenwriting Program, 2005

National Association of Latino Independent Producers, Latino Producers Academy, 2003

CPB/PBS Producers Academy Fellow, 2001.

University of Texas at Austin, Bachelor of Science; Radio, Television & Film 1997.

Foreign Language

Bilingual: Spanish/English