Death & Deathability

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Ambushed by her first period, Ceci calmly concludes she’s dying. Yet she doesn’t want to bother Dad with it, so she prepares a bucket list (including her first real kiss) and her funeral, because death should be an art.

5355b87d8f headshotDirector Biography – Maria Victoria Ponce

Writer/Director – Originally from Michoacán, Mexico, 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. Ponce is a Cine Qua Non Lab fellow, NALIP Latino Media Market fellow, a Latino Screenwriting Project fellow, and an artist resident at SFFILM FilmHouse 2018 and 2019. She was also selected as one of five finalists for Tribeca/AT&T Untold Stories. Washing Elena is on the Black List’s inaugural Latinx List, a curated collection of the most promising scripts about the Latino experience, written by, for, and about the Latinx community. Washing Elena was selected as a fellow for Film Independent’s Fast Track and was just awarded the SFFILM Rainin Grant in development. Ponce served on SFFILM’s Time Warner Diversity committee.

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