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About lizcolunga

I am currently finishing up my thesis film to complete my Master of Fine Arts degree in Documentary Film Production at the University of North Texas. Through film, I hope to challenge and question social issues, and as a result, inspire hope for change. My curiosity of people began when I decided to study journalism and through images, I hope to give the unheard a voice and a platform where they can share their experiences. I was born and raise in a suburb of Dallas, Texas. After high school, I decided to venture out in the world and joined the U.S. Air Force and was active duty of four years. The military took me to Idaho, where I completed my assignment and pursued my education. I received my Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication/Journalism at Boise State University.

The Filmmaker: Liz H. Colunga

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.



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Posted by on May 7, 2011 in Uncategorized