Hey there! I'm Aurora Guerrero

Location: Los Angeles
Experience: 15 years
Title/Headline: Writer-Director at Orange County
Known for: -Queen Sugar, Mosquita y Mari, Little America, Gentefied
Minimum time: 10 minutes

About Me

Aurora Guerrero is a queer-identified Chicana born to immigrant Mexican parents and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She received her B.A. in Psychology and Chicano Studies at UC Berkeley. Later, she obtained her M.F.A. in film directing from Cal Arts and has over 15 years experience as a writer/director. Guerrero has made award-winning short films and has worked as an assistant to directors on films such as Real Women Have Curves and La Mission. Guerrero's first fiction feature film, Mosquita y Mari,about a budding love between two 15 year old Chicanas from southeast Los Angeles, traveled top-tier U.S and international film festivals including Sundance, Melbourne, Goteborg, Sao Paolo and Guadalajara, garnering multiple awards including Best First Narrative Feature and Best Leading Actress at Outfest and earning a 2013 John Cassavetes Spirit Award nomination. Mosquita y Mari was theatrically released in Europe and New York City where it received critical praise. Guerrero's second feature film, Los Valientes, about a gay, undocumented immigrant stuck in a conservative rural town in Pennsylvania, has already received support from the Sundance Institute and San Francisco Film Society. Guerrero is a 2012 Time Warner Fellow and a 2015 Berlin Talent Campus Fellow. Guerrero has directed for television on shows such as Queen Sugar, Cherish The Day, 13 Reasons Why, Little America, and Gentefied.

  • Feature Film
  • Women of Color
  • LGBTQ
  • Sundance Alum
  • Television
  • director

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