Hey there! I'm Liz Cardenas

Location: Dallas, TX
Experience: 10 years
Title/Headline: Filmmaker/Actor at Ten to the Six Pictures
Known for: A Ghost Story, Never Goin' Back, Jules of Light & Dark, Imago, Adventures of Bailey
Minimum time: 15 minutes

About Me

Liz Cardenas is a producer, writer, director and actress and a 2019 Independent Spirit Award nominee. Recent and notable producing and acting credits include Augustine Frizzell’s NEVER GOIN’ BACK (Sundance '18), starring Maia Mitchell, Camila Morrone and Kyle Mooney; David Lowery’s A GHOST STORY (Sundance ‘17), starring Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck (both distributed by A24); and Daniel Laabs' JULES OF LIGHT & DARK, the 2019 Outfest Best US Narrative Feature. She was recently included on the 2019 LATINXT, a highly curated list of emerging Latino creators from an initiative by Zoe Saldana, Robert Rodriguez and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

She has sold movies to A24, Lionsgate, E One and Wolfe Releasing, among others, as well as had her films in places such as Red Box and Wal Mart and on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Google Play, Apple TV and iTunes. Liz and has connections at several studios, sales and distribution companies and production companies. She spoke the the Fellows at the 2018 Sundance Creative Producing Summit, to high school film students at the American Pavillion at the 2018 Marché du Film at Cannes, college film students at various universities, and at organizations such as Women in Film and on filmmaking podcasts.

Under her production company, Ten to the Six Pictures, she has a slate of four features in various stages of development and production — filming in the US and abroad – two of which she’s written. And she's written a pilot for a series inspired by one of her short films. She produced a feature, MATERNA, and a short, BURROS, both of which were set to premiere in competition at Tribeca 2020. MATERNA went on to win jury awards for Best Cinematography and Best Actress.

She’s written and directed two award-winning short films, TREADING WATER, and IMAGO, and co-created a series of successful children’s films, ADVENTURES OF BAILEY, sold in the US and internationally. It was during that time she worked in film distribution, where she was VP of International Sales for a Los Angeles-based boutique distribution company. A 2018 Rotterdam Lab and a 2017 Film Independent Producing Lab and 2019 Fast Track Fellow, she also participated in the Producers Workshops & Network at the Marché du Film at the 2018 Festival de Cannes through Cinemart (IFFR).

She received a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism from TCU and is former reporter for The Dallas Morning News. Born in Chicago, based in Los Angeles, she considers Texas home, where she grew up with her Hispanic father and Irish-American mother. She is represented by Authentic Talent & Literary Management in Los Angeles and is a member of SAG-AFTRA and Women in Film.

  • Film
  • Feature Film
  • Short Films
  • Writer
  • narrative
  • actor
  • Film Festivals
  • Producer
  • directing
  • Sundance Alum
  • Film Independent
  • indie film
  • indie producing
  • Delivery to a Distributor
  • Breaking in
  • Story Consulting
  • Story Development
  • Screenwriting
  • actor coaching
  • Independent Spirit Award
  • Latinxs
  • Kids

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  • The Road from Narrative Short to Feature Film

    So you want to make a short film (or have made one) with the intention of creating a feature film based off of or inspired by the short film? I can walk through the process, help you brainstorm and discuss some of the pitfalls you want to avoid along the way. I produced a short film that premiered at SXSW, and then the feature version premiered at Sundance and was released by A24. I’m also currently working with a first-time feature director on his film after we made the short together first. Depending on the project and your goal, making a short is a very wise move both creatively (serving as development for the feature) and professionally (as a stand-alone film) and can be such a fulfilling endeavor, with low risk, no matter what.

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  • Becoming the Ultimate Multi-hyphenate

    As a writer, director, actress and producer who has edited her own films and also worked for a short time in distribution (I thought understanding the market and buyers would make me a more well-rounded filmmaker), I believe wearing multiple hats is a plus. But you have to be good at compartmentalizing and you have to stay FOCUSED. That is the tricky part. It's a constant juggling act, so you have to be good at seeing the forest through the trees. I can help you do that. I will ask you what it is you want -- ideally where you'd like to see yourself in x-amount of years -- and why you want to make and/or be in films. I can also share some of the lessons I've learned along my journey. I can tell you, every role I've played has made me a stronger, more confident artist, overall. I consider myself a storyteller and this is my life. I want to continue to learn, explore, challenge myself and grow, and I am able to by embracing all my various passions. If that resonates with you but you need a little clarity, a little guidance, I'd love to help you.

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  • Creating Your Own Work as an Actor

    Over the years, I have encouraged many actors -- particularly women who found themselves uninspired with the roles they were being offered -- to create their own parts. And I have seen many success stories. As an actor who stumbled into producing and ended up loving the feeling of empowerment it gave me, I speak from experience about the profound impact it had on my career. Combined with my writing and then directing, I began creating my own work and still continue to. And through producing, I've had some small but juicy roles in projects I am really proud of and made amazing connections and learned so much. No matter who you are, being proactive in your career, taking charge and making things happen for yourself is the best feeling and yields amazing personal and professional growth. So let's talk about what makes you unique, tapping into your strengths while facing your fears, so you can unlock your full potential and start creating opportunities as an actor instead of waiting for them.

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  • Being an Indie Producer

    What is an independent film producer? And how do you become one? It varies from project to project and person to person. There is no one path. I will discuss with you what your specific strengths and goals are in order to help you create your own individual game plan and strategy. I will share my unique experiences navigating the industry to better help you. Whether you want to focus solely on producing or you want to produce your own film, this call would apply to either!

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  • Working With Kids & Animals In Your Indie Film!

    If you want to make an indie film with either children or animals or both at the same time -- like I have -- or are about to go into production, I am here to offer advice and provide any guidance you may need. Often challenging, working with children and animals can be so rewarding. You just need patience, a lot of thought and planning in prep, and several back-up plans for the shoot!

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