September 13, 2018

Las Jefas Coachella


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

AFAR (lejos) directed by Alexandra Roca
Joy directed by Lorena Lourenco
Maradentro directed by Christa Boarini
Otros Modos directed by Carolina Solarte
Out of the Shadows directed by Andrea Porras Madero
SANTA directed by Kayden Phoenix
Urban Uber directed by Andrea Baltazar
Ignorance is Bliss directed by Regina Stone
Why I Fight directed by Anna Yeager
Zohra directed by Marissa Chibas
Jasper directed by Scarlett Urbano
America; I Too directed by Anike Tourse
Hit Me Up directed by Michelle Martinez



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Q & A Moderated by Sandra E. Varona



Sandra is a Los Angeles-based Producer from South Gate, CA with 10+years of experience. In 2008, Sandra received the Panavision New Filmmaker Grant—which provides up and- coming independent filmmakers a full camera package to jumpstart their careers. Soon after, she launched her own production company, Varona Productions —a banner that has been at the forefront of numerous music videos, short films, new media projects and now feature films. In 2010, Varona was one of 30 participants selected for the highly coveted yearlong mentorship program Project Involve sponsored by Film Independent. After completing Project Involve, she signed on as the Unit Production Manager on the feature film, FILLY BROWN, which premiered at Sundance. Starting in 2013 Sandra became the Production & Crew Manager at Maker Studios working directly with the Head of Production to develop efficient and necessary protocols between producers and studio operations. Several years later she went on to production manage for Pop Sugar, REVOLT TV and at the end summer of 2017 for comedian Kevin Hart’s company, Her debut as a Producer/Line Producer on her first feature film came in the fall of 2015 on the drama dance movie SHINE. Mainly shot in New York City with additional shoots in Los Angeles and London. SHINE premiered at Urbanworld Film (HBO) Festival on September of 2017 and won Best Feature Film (Audience Award). The feature stars David Zayas (Dexter & Gotham), Alysia Reiner (Orange is the New Black, Netflix), and world-renowned bachatero Jorge Burgos (Ataca). The film acquired distribution by GVN and it’s scheduled to hit theaters on October 5th, 2018. In addition, Sandra had the opportunity to produce/line produce another feature film in November of 2016, titled Flavor of Life in her hometown of South Gate, CA. The film stars Pepe Serna (Scarface) and Erick Lopez (Crazy Ex Girlfriend) and scheduled to release on VOD this October 2018 as well. Varona is actively hiring minorities and women in key positions to promote and prove diversity behind camera is certainly attainable. In 2015 Sandra created FILM GALS, an online group to spotlight and inspire women working behind the camera while also providing job resources.