Adriana (aka Chica), is a Mexican-Brazilian filmmaker based in Los Angeles, USA. She was part of the Film Collective Cinefusão in São Paulo, Brazil, since 2009 where she took part of the script and art direction for the short films “Wax” (2009) and “String Quintet” (2010). She produced the feature films “Young and Miserable” and “A film of Cinema”, both directed by Thiago B. Mendonça.
She also directed “Ferroada” (Bite), a short film about the Brazilian marginal writer and gravedigger Francisco (Tico) Pinto (selected at Curta Cinema, Mostra de Cinema de Tiradentes, Off Cinema - International Documentary FF, Cheap Cuts Short Documentary Film Festival, Bucharest Short Films, Diametrale Experimental Film Festival, among many others). In 2018 she co-directed along with Thiago Zanato “La Flaca” (The Bony Lady), s short film about a Mexican transgender woman and leader of the Santa Muerte (Saint Death) cult in Queens, NY. (Selected to over 100 festivals such as Fribourg International FF, Message to Man, Guanajuato International FF, New Orleans FF, FRAMELINE San Francisco LGBTQ FF, Queer Lisboa, Havana FF, OUTFEST, Inside Out LGBTQ FF, Festival de Films de Femmes de Créteil, Rooftop FF, LALIFF). Also in 2018, She premiered her first documentary feature “Madrigal for a Living Poet” (2018) at the Official Competition of 21th Mostra de Cinema de Tiradentes. She is currently producing the feature documentary "Esu and the Universe", a co-production between Brazil and Nigeria.
A short documentary by Adriana Barbosa & Thiago Zanato
20 min. | U.S., Brazil, Mexico | 2018
Arely Vazquez is a Mexican transgender woman and leader of the Saint Death Cult living in Queens, New York. During her yearly celebration to "La Flaca" (The Bony Lady), as she likes to call her, Arely faces a lot of challenges to fulfill a promise she made ten years ago.
· Best Short Film, 'VICE en Español' Award - Programa de Diversidad Sexual + FICM Morelia (Mexico, 2018)
· Best International Short Film Award - Espacio Queer ( Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2019)
· Best International Short Film Award - Amor Festival Internacional de Cine LGBT+ (Santiago/ Antofogasta, Chile, 2019)
· Best Documentary Short Film Award - Seattle Latino Film Festival. (USA, 2019)
· Best Documentary Short Film Award - Tacoma Film Festival (USA, 2019)
· Best Documentary Short Film Award and Best Short Film Award at FESAALP - Festival de Cine Latinoamericano de La Plata (Argentina, 2019)
· Honorary Mention for Artistic Contribution at the 3 Margens - Festival Latino-americano de Cinema (Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina, 2019)
Selections: Fribourg International FF, Guanajuato International FF, Message to Man, International FF, Queer Lisboa, International FF, Beijing International Short Film Festival, New Orleans FF, Kasseler Dokfest, NewFest New York's LGBT FF, SVA Film & Media Festival, MixBrasil, International LGBTQ FF, Havana FF, Short Waves FestivaL, Outfest Fusion LGBTQ People of Color FF, Roze Filmdagen, Amsterdam LGBTQ FF, Festival de Films de Femmes de Créteil, Chicago Latino Film Festival, IFEMA, International Female FF Malmö, Mecal Pro, Barcelona International Short and Animation Festival, Cine Las Américas, International FF. Inside Out Toronto LGBT FF, Lakino, Latin American Short FF Berlin. Rooftoop Film Festival, Sicilia Queer FF, FRAMELINE, San Francisco International LGBTQ FF, Contrast FF, Dam These Heels LGBTQ FF, MICGénero, Melgaço Documentary FF, LALIFF Los Angeles Latino FF, Boston Women's FF, OUTFEST Los Angeles LGBTQ FF, Festival de Cinéma de la Ville de Québec, Encounters FF, Boston Latino International FF, Everybody's Perfect LGBTQ FF, BOGOCINE -Festival de Cine de Bogotá, MIDBO, Muestra Int'l de Cine Documental, Lausanne Film & Music Festival, Berlin Feminist Film Week, Filministes FF, San Diego Latino Film Festival, Melbourne Queer Film Festival.