Tiny Laughs

Directed by Laura Edith Rivas

This film is available from November 27-30, 2020. To watch or vote for this film please click on the orange “TICKETS” button below and purchase a ticket for BLOCK 10.




















When a queer Latina architect meets a struggling Asian comic who’s just come out…as unemployed, their instant spark sends them on a humorous and heartwarming journey through the city of dreams.

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Director Biography – LAURA EDITH RIVAS

Who would’ve thought a 1980 Pontiac Firebird Trans-Am Bandit would be the reason why my family lives in the U.S. today. My father came to pick up the Firebird and decided to stay in the land of the free, followed shortly by my mom, my sister and I a year after. Our first year in America was in my uncle’s living room in the city of Compton. I remember looking out the second floor living room window Christmas day and seeing a drunk Santa Claus shooting his gun in the air shouting a cheerful “Merry Christmas MOFO’s.” We settled down in the backhouse of Mexican Santeria worshippers for the next fourteen years. On my tenth birthday my mother bought me a Sony Mini DVD camcorder to capture the two scarlet macaws, five Chihuahuas, four chickens and a cat that roamed freely in our front yard. From that day forward, I was hooked on capturing the good, the bad, and craziness of life through the lens of a camera and I haven’t looked back since.

Director Statement

I began directing, Tiny Laughs, to bring to life what is missing in the cultural landscape, to champion voices that have yet to be heard or have been unheard for so long. As a child of immigrants, I did not get to see myself depicted in show having careers as an architects or showing any artist pursues. I hope Tiny Laughs will inspire people to continue to pursue their dreams.

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