Maia (AKA ‘La Gringa’) is a mixed-raced Latina woman who grew up on the white side of life. When she returns to reconnect with her Mexican roots on her grandma’s birthday, she accidentally causes the death of the family’s vibrant matriarch. A beacon of death and destruction, she must now fight to find her place in her family, heritage, and her own mother’s heart.
Jessica is an award-winning Mexican-American Writer//Director on a mission to normalize complex & authentic narratives about the Southwest Mexican-American community through film.
Her short film Pozole took home the Jury Prize for Best Narrative Film (Comedy) at Cinequest 2019, and is currently continuing its festival run. Her filmmaking style is both comedic and heart-wrenching, pulling from political and societal structures to create commentaries around the need for social change. Her first feature film Reforma delves into the colorful, complicated world of a young Latina woman in La Reforma (the Mexican projects) in the 1960-70’s, and is currently in development.