Film Fatales
Dawn D. Valadez
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DAWN VALADEZ is a filmmaker, social worker, artist, youth development specialist, resource wrangler and impact strategist. Her award-winning feature documentary, GOING ON 13 (with Kristy Guevara-Flanagan) premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. It follows the stories of four preteen girls of color as they transform from 9-year-old little girls into 13-year-old teen women. Valadez is currently directing and producing two feature documentaries – TEACHER LIKE ME (in production) and THE PUSHOUTS (in post), that are thematically related to each other and to her first feature documentary. The films will complete Valadez's trilogy on race, class, education, and coming of age in the 21st Century United States. Her films are supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, ITVS, Latino Public Broadcasting, California Humanities, San Francisco Foundation Documentary Fund, Chicken and Egg Pictures, the Fledgling Fund, and the Tribeca All Access Alumni Documentary Fund and other private and public funders. Valadez advises on documentary films and public engagement campaigns. Valadez serves as the Vice President of the board of the Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC) and is a review panelist for a number of public documentary and media funders. She was selected for residencies, such as, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting Producer's Academy, BAVC Media Makers Fellowship, NALIP's Latino Producer's Academy and Media Market, and the Women of Color Filmmakers' Artist Residency Center.