JOY directed by Lorena Lourenco


1500 Sixth Street
Coachella, CA 92236
Thursday, October 11th
8:00 PM – 10:00 PM



Joy is an experimental film that juxtaposes the distresses of being an immigrant woman in America, against the courteousness one feels obliged to present.


Director’s Biography – Lorena Lourenco

From Rio de Janeiro to Los Angeles…

Lorena Lourenço graduated from the USC School of Cinematic Arts. During her tenure, she excelled in classes with industry professional Dr. Drew Casper, who became a mentor throughout her academic years.

Driven by a passion for all things cinema, Lorena has sought out work in a variety of mediums, from commercials to music videos, documentaries to shorts, and finally to her passion – feature films.

While she’s already had many successful projects as director, her proudest accomplishment has been the acceptance of her film, “Pedagogy” (2015), into the Short Film Corner at the Cannes Film Festival. Amongst her greatest accomplishments is also her role as an associate producer for the renowned and award-winning Brazilian film “Boca”(2011). This and her other successes led her to shoot for legendary jazz performer Kamasi Washington. Other works include a music video for Polish singer Ania Leonocowicz’s “Love In The Dark” and a short documentary “Self(hood)” on identity and the social constructs we use to define ourselves. “Joy” is Lorena’s latest short, one where she explores the feeling of otherness, whilst living in a climate of xenophobia, sexism and racism.