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Laura Varela

Filmmaker, Artist, Creative Producer, Director, Digital Consultant

Artist Statement

My work as a documentary filmmaker is shaped by my roots on the US/Mexico border in El Paso, TX as well as my time living in San Antonio since 1994. My work crosses cultural, linguistic, and physical borders through the use of film, social practice, and contemporary art installations.  I am a recipient of awards from The National Association of Latino Arts and Culture, Humanities Texas, Latino Public Broadcasting’s Public Media Content Fund, ITVS, and Best Director Award from the San Antonio Film Festival. 

My work challenges the iconography and discourse of popular culture when it comes to the farmworker struggle and that of Xicana changemakers in Texas.  My goal is to decolonize our stories and give myself, my community, and the general population a deeper understanding of Xicanx/Tejano/Indigenous history and culture. As with everything I create, my stories and projects connect to a larger movement for social change and liberation.

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Bayou City Policing History Harvest Day Screening in Houston June 1st 2024 /updated*

The Bayou City Policing History Harvest Day. The rescheduled date is June 1st, 10 am to 2 pm. Scanning and Digitization of Artifacts and Collecting Oral Histories: 10 am to 1 pm Film followed by Q&A- Un Trip: raúlrsalinas and The Poetry of Liberation at 1 pm. Anne Lewis and Laura Varela will be in…

Bayou City Policing History Harvest Day Screening in Houston May 18th 2024

Hello, Houston friends and family: You are invited to share your stories at the Bayou City Policing—History Harvest Day at the Leonel J. Castillo Community Center on May 18, 2024, from 1 to 4 p.m. In partnership with the Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage, the Collective of Progressive Educators (COPE), and Mario A. Salinas…

Film, Flor y Canto at East Side Cultural Center in Oakland April 19, 2024

You are invited to the screening of UN TRIP: RAÚLRSALINAS AND THE POETRY OF LIBERATION, in conversation with co-director/producer Laura Varela on Friday, April 19, 2024, 7:00pm at the EastSide Cultural Center in Oakland. Presented by the EastSide Arts Alliance, “Un trip: raúlrsalinas and the poetry of liberation” is a 25-minute split-screen jazz and liberation documentary based on the poem “Un…

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Please get in touch with us through the contact form below.  I am happy to discuss screenings, presentations, honorariums/ consulting fees, and volunteer events.  I also self-distribute several projects and would happily discuss public screenings and public performance rights or pro bono screenings.

Laura Varela

Filmmaker, Artist, Creative Producer, Director, Digital Consultant

BIO

Laura Varela is a cultural translator and channels her upbringing on the US/ Mexico border in El Paso, TX, into her work, transcending cultural, linguistic, and physical boundaries through film and contemporary art installations. She is based in San Antonio, TX, a hub for her filmmaking and artistic endeavors. She is a producer for the VoxFem Network, a platform for innovative, international women artists and changemakers. Her role as a Producer/Director for documentary films and a digital consultant further underscores her commitment to social justice movements and her life’s work in service to her community. Currently, she is producing American Sons with Andrew Gonzales, which will have its PBS premiere in 2025.

Varela’s documentary, As Long as I Remember: American Veteranos, was broadcast on PBS from 2010 to 2016 via American Public Television. Un Trip: raúlrsalinas and The Poetry of Liberation, a film (documentary short) by Anne Lewis and Laura Varela, is currently on its film festival run and has won numerous awards. Her films have received funding from California Humanities, The National Association of Latino Arts and Culture, Humanities Texas, Latino Public Broadcasting’s Public Media Content Fund, and  ITVS Diversity Development Fund. Varela is an award-winning filmmaker and lectures and screens her work nationally, internationally and at cultural centers and Universities.  She has taught classes on documentary film at the University of Texas-San Antonio. Varela is an alumnus of the PBS Producers Academy, the NALAC Leadership Institute, the NALIP Producers Academy, the Latino Media Market, and the Creative Capital Professional Development Workshop. She is a University of Texas Department of Radio-TV and Film graduate. Artist Residencies include Swarthmore College, Art for Change, NYC, and the Hochschule Niederrhein and Faust Academy in Germany.

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