Gloria Morán is a filmmaker born and bred in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her second-generation Chicana upbringing greatly informs her work. Merging theories and practices of Ethnic and Cultural Studies, Gloria’s films seek to highlight Chicana/o and Latina/o art and practice. Gloria directed and produced a short documentary about gentrification in the Mission District of San Francisco and one San Francisco native’s interpretation of this change titled Homes for the Homies, and was reviewed as SF Weekly’s “Best Pick” for The Mission Cultural Center Videofest 2010 and made it’s Los Angeles Premiere at the 2012 Reel Rasquache Art and Film Festival. While working on a Master’s degree in Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University Gloria worked at the youth media lab Conscious Youth Media Crew (CYMC) for at-risk and low-income youth of San Francisco, where she assisted several student directed films. She is currently spearheading a youth media project in connection with developing charter continuation school Youth Build Boyle Heights, teaching media production to youth of the East Los Angeles area. Gloria has taught as an adjunct lecturer in Film and Latina/o studies in addition to frequently guest lecturing on the subject area of lowriding and Chicana/o popular culture and its impact on culture and community. She earned a bachelor of arts degree in Latin American and Latino Studies and Journalism and a Master of arts degree in Social Documentation, both from the University of California at Santa Cruz. Gloria is a native of San Francisco, California and was a 2011 NALIP Latino Producer’s Academy fellow.
Before working as an associate producer on The Unique Ladies (2013) , Jesus Rosales directed several films that gained recognition and respect from many individuals in academia and the film industry. Rosales’ recent work has been inspired by his Latino American culture and largely highlights social issues that affect his extended Latino community. Rosales’ experience in cinema reflects the work of an individual who is passionate about the overarching possibilities film has to offer.
As a Film & Digital Media major at the University of California at Santa Cruz, he elevated his knowledge from UCSC and gained new perspectives in theory and production. Rosales produced Nine, a short narrative that showcases the story of an undocumented college student, a film that was selected to screen at the 2010 Santa Cruz Film Festival. Other projects of note are linked within UCSC’s master program in Social Documentary, in which he worked as an editor and director of photography for two documentaries Gloria Moran’s The Unique Ladies (2103) and Carolina Fuentes’ Our Right to Sing (2010). Rosales served as Executive Producer for Banana Slug News (BSN), where he enhanced his ability to be a turnkey producer, working on bi-weekly campus news segments. Currently Rosales is currently working as a freelance director of photography and editor.