May 11, 2013

Last year, Latina filmmaker Brianna Torres paid tribute to her mother in the award-winning short film Feed What You Love about the bond forged between mother and daughter when she teaches her the family tradition of making tortillas.

The film took top prize in the Coco Latino Hispanic Identity Video Contest, designed to give up-and-coming Latino filmmakers a platform to tell their stories. After winning the contest, Brianna was selected for an American Film Institute workshop for women directors along with creating a web app during a Tribeca Hacks event sponsored by Tribeca Film Institute. She was also commissioned to create video pieces for Adidas and Running Times Magazine.

Her sights are now firmly set on her passion project of exploring her Cuban culture through her next documentary, They Were Named After Saints.

The story explores what bridges Cuban-Americans to their culture and centers around her father’s first trip back to his hometown of Cienfuegos, Cuba in over 50 years.

Torres’ Kickstarter fundraising campaign ends this Friday at noon if you would like to learn more and contribute: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/204002935/cuba-documentary-they-were...>

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