CREO.8 Latina Heroines
CREO.8 Latina Heroines is proud to have teamed with Listo America, a 501(c)3 non-profit educating and inspiring youth toward pursuits of S.T.E.A.M.-related careers funded by Intel. [ListoAmerica.org]
CREO.8 Latina Heroines was originally part of an initial directive as the first original programming content to be distributed through to 59 million viewers, with coverage reaching 90% of the Hispennial market via a multi-platform, 44+ over-the-air stations, as part of IPTV on Roku and XBox, Mobile through
App and On-Line access.
Having grown up in a mixed-race home, my mother, third generation American of Mexican: Spanish, Native (Aztec), German & French descent in a rurul town in Texas -- Van Horn to signs that read "No Niggers, No Mexicans, No Dogs, No Jews," she felt un-included, not belonging, less than. She ended up running far away from there, to began her "new life" as 'Lynn' to try and fit into the white life that was more accepting of her.
She started her own family of 4 daughters, who only learned that she wasn't an only child and her real name wasn't 'Lynn'...3 decades later... My mother's birth name is Maria de la Luz (Mary of the Light), and she came from a family of 7 other siblings - none of whom I ever was to meet. When Luz began to reveal the truth of who she was/is and where she came from, I vowed to ensure that no other little girl of Mexican-descent (or any other ethnicity) growing up in America (especially as a third generation) would not be made to feel "less than," "un-included" nor "un-equal." Thus, the projects I create are to personally engage, empower, and elevate those who have been systematically relegated to the "back of the bus..." -- in this case, my mother -- a diverse woman with over 100 years of indigeneous ancestry in North America and within the borders of the United States of America.
In addition, "Tanto Tiempo," a noted 35mm short film, as part of Panavision's "New Filmmaker's Program" (first of two Latinas ever chosen in the 10 year's history) via Universal Television's Hispanic Film Project. "Tanto Tiempo" went on to be the first ever aired Hispanic Heritage Month television special, "An American Experience," (by/about/for Latina/os in the U.S. via 85% of the syndicated market) featuring Edward James Olmos ("Stand & Deliver," "American Me"), Seidy Lopez ("Training Day," "Selena," "Mi Familia," "Mi Vida Loca")and Amanda Avila ("American Idol" Top 15) - sponsored by AT&T, Kodak & Very Special Arts, a Top 100 Producer nod, 5 time National Award-winner, and as an inductee into MOMA/NY's "Xicano Retrospective" Archives.