EPFC & El Cine ( co-present a free screenwriting class & screening at Heavy Manners Library on Saturday, June 18 from 12pm- 4pm. The class will be broken into three segments taught by filmmakers Gabriela Ortega, Chica Barbosa and Mariana Da Silva. The workshop will cover forms of storytelling for cultural preservation including adaptation writing, short form narrative, and experimental documentary. The class is open to all and no previous screenwriting experience is required.The goal is for everyone to leave the class with a story outline but you may also bring in your own script to work on in the class. Heavy Manners Library is located at 1200 N. Alvarado Street, Unit D, Los Angeles, CA 90026.

The class will have a thirty minute break before rejoining at 3pm for the screening segment of the class where we will show three short films, one by each of the presenting filmmakers. 

Huella by Gabriela Ortega
When her grandmother’s death unleashes a generational curse, a disenchanted flamenco dancer resigned to a desk job is forced to experience the five stages .

Same/Different/Both/Neither by Chica Barbosa and Fernanda Pessoa

A video correspondence between both the filmmakers living in Los Angeles (USA) and São Paulo (Brazil)

Mariposa written by Mariana DaSilva directed by Austin Saya
Based on the true story of the serial killer and professional wrestler Juana Dayanara Barraza Sampeiro aka “La Mataviejitas”.


Filmmaker bios:

Gabriela Ortega is an award-winning writer/director and actor born and raised in the Dominican Republic. She is a graduate of the University of Southern California’s BFA in acting program, a 2021-2022 Sundance Institute “Art of Practice” fellow and is currently based in Los Angeles.

Chica Barbosa is a Mexican-Brazilian filmmaker based in Los Angeles, US. Her work focuses on non-fiction cinema, experimental and hybrid narratives, addressing themes like immigration, colonization, displacement, LGBTQ+ rights, identity and faith as an act of resistance. She also directs branded content and music videos, always looking to work with a diverse crew behind and in front of the cameras.

Mariana is a Brazilian and Mexican writer/ playwright and actor, founder of El Cine, an organization that focuses on film education for the cost of a movie ticket. Mariana participated as a writer on the CBS Diversity program. She  has acted in Telenovelas and TV Series, both in Mexico and the United States, she is a member of Tim Robbins’ theater ensemble “The Actors’ Gang” where she adapted and performed the story of Dolores Huerta in We Live On. Mariana wrote and starred in the festival short “Mariposa” that told the true story of “La Mataviejitas”.  Mariana continues to develop and curate content, with a mission to tell inclusive stories that break cultural boundaries.


Please RSVP to reserve your spot in this free workshop! All are welcome to the screening segment even if you don’t attend the class. 


Special support provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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