Liz Colunga is a filmmaker whose work looks intimately at themes of social issues, immigration, homelessness, equality, gender/sexuality, labor workers, justice. Born from an immigrant family of Mexican decent, she has been learning a lot of history about her culture, which has helped her shape her identity.
Her films “Twice a Minority” and “They Are Still There” were selected from 500 to 600 film entries as Semi-Finalists at the Angelus Student Film Festival in Los Angeles, California in 2009 and 2010. Her work has also be screened at several film festivals, which include: The Oaxaca International Film Festival, Dallas VideoFest, Vistas Film Festival, to name a few.
She has worked for the student newspaper at Boise State, Clear Channel Radio and Univision Television and for the U.S. Air Force. She served active duty in the military for four years, which took her to Idaho where she later received her Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication/Journalism from Boise State University, Boise, Idaho.
Her current thesis project is a feature length documentary, Cuando te Veré? (When Will I See You?), about a family who has been living apart from each other for 10 years, due to their immigration status. The head of the family decided to cross over into the U.S. in 2000 to give his family in Mexico a better life. This film is due to be released in the Summer of 2011.
She is currently pursuing her Master of Fine Arts in Documentary Film Production at the University of North Texas and will graduate in August of 2011.