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Laura Varela

Producer/Director/Owner, Varelafilm

Laura Varela is a San Antonio-based documentary filmmaker and media artists whose “medicine stories” are shaped by her roots growing up on the US/Mexico Border in El Paso, Texas.  Her work explores ideological, cultural, linguistic and physical borders through the use of film and contemporary art installations. She has received awards from the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture, Humanities Texas and Latino Public Broadcasting’s Public Media Content Fund. In 2015 she received the Best Director Award for the San Antonio’s Film Festival’s City on the Rise Award.  She has also taught courses on documentary film at the University of Texas San Antonio; she lectures and screens her work nationally and internationally. Varela has dedicated her career as a filmmaker and artist as a form of cultural preservation and activism for the individual and communal healing and justice.

Her documentary, As Long as I Remember: American Veteranos is being broadcast on PBS stations nationally via an American Public Television offering till 2016. The film will soon offer 9-12th grade curriculum on PBS Learning Media’s website.  She is currently developing the PBS documentary raúlrsalinas and the Poetry of Liberation, about the life and times of Xicano poet and activist.

Recently, she has directed several short films and co-directed the Frida’s Heart music video for the band FeminaX. In March 2009 she created the site-specific public art installation “Enlight-Tents” at the Alamo with German artist Vaago Weiland. Her installation work has been exhibited at the San Antonio Museum of Art, Blue Star Center for Contemporary Art, The Esperanza Peace and Justice Center, Gallista Gallery, and the UTSA Downtown Art Gallery.

She is a fellow of the 2006 CPB/PBS Producers Academy, the 2006 NALAC Leadership Institute, and the 2003 NALIP/UCLA Latino Producers Academy.  She attended the Sundance Filmmaker’s lab in 1997 and in 1993 received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Texas in Radio TV and Film.  Artist Residencies include Swarthmore College, PA, Art for Change in NYC, and the Hoschule Neiderrhein and Faust Academy in Germany. In May 2017 she presented her work at the Beyond Borders International Academic Conference sponsored by the University of Augsberg.

My Sessions

Digital Workstations And Watch Instantly Platforms: Video for Television and Online Post-Production and Distribution

San Antonio College 1819 N. Main Ave. San Antonio, Texas 78212

Developing strategies and orders when using software such as Adobe Cloud, Final Cut, Avid, DaVinci, Audition, Pro Tools, and Jungle Software with hardware technologies including exporting to Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Amazon, Netflix and websites in video post production and distributio Location: San Antonio College 1819 N. Main Ave., San Antonio, Texas 78212 Jean Longwith Radio-Television-Film Building Studio […]

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The Write and Capture Storytelling Mission: Film And Episodic Treatments, Location, and Production

San Antonio College 1819 N. Main Ave. San Antonio, Texas 78212

Designing procedures and routines of software and hardware technologies in film and episodic treatments, location, and production. Location: San Antonio College 1819 N. Main Ave., San Antonio, Texas 78212 Jean Longwith Radio-Television-Film Building Studio A Parking Available at:  Student Parking Lot #7 next to the Jean Longwith Radio-Television-Film Building Campus map attached below for lot and building locations […]

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