Set in 1980’s Brownsville, Brooklyn, NY–
At the height of the crack and crime epidemics–A spunky Latina must find her own path as she comes of age to face the grim realities of the deteriorating neighborhood she calls home and the musician father she once idolized.
Funded in part by grants from 150 and the Sundance Institute
Director Biography – Elaine Del Valle
Elaine Del Valle first garnered critical acclaim as the actress and writer of her off-Broadway, one-woman stage play, Brownsville Bred, which depicts her true Latina coming-of-age in Brownsville Brooklyn, NY. The New York Times raved, “From Girlhood Trials to Onstage Triumph.” She subsequently adapted her stageplay into a novel; Her Brownsville Bred: Dreaming Out Loud was named a “Most Inspirational Young Adult” book by the International Latino Book Awards (2020) and a Montaigne Medal Finalist (2021). As a director, Elaine ‘s films have garnered support from WarnerMedia 150, the Knight Foundation, and the Sundance Institute. Her short films, Me 3.769 (2019) and Princess Cut (2020) can be seen on HBO. As a producer, Elaine was the first person to license an interstitial series to the HBO network.
In 2020, Elaine’s original drama pilot, The System, landed a development deal with CBS Television.
Elaine is a Casting Society of America Casting Director. As the owner and operator of Del Valle Productions & Casting, Elaine has become the go-to person for up-and-coming diverse talent and rising stars for many high-profile brands, agencies, and studios. She led the original casting for Alternatino (Comedy Central Digital) and Alma’s Way (PBS Kids, Fred Rogers Productions).
Elaine was featured in the PBS documentary Beating The Odds, alongside such luminaries as Michelle Obama. In 2019 Miami News Times named her on their “Filmmakers to Watch” list. She is a Sundance Director Lab alumna. Ebby Magazine calls her a “Tour de Force.” Elaine is the recipient of the “Madrina” award (Prime Latino Media 2017) and the “Vanguard” award (Official Latino 2019). She is a 2021 nominee for the Imagen Impact award in the categories of best short film, and best commercial. Her awards and nominations reflect her leadership in and support of LatinX representation in entertainment. www.elainedelvalledirector.com
My storytelling began as a way of dispelling the misnomers I have faced as a Latina, person who grew up in the welfare projects, and child of a heroin addict who died of AIDS.
My authentic experiences free my artistic expression and empower me to introduce characters from a place of love, understanding, and honesty.
Brownsville Bred reveals authentic struggles that stem from generational poverty and intergenerational trauma while simultaneously expressing a bright promise for future generations.
I aim to shine a light into a portal that leads to understanding, empathy, and genuine human connection.
Hope, laughter, and love live everywhere and in everyone.