Gabriela Garcia Medina
Gabriela Garcia Medina is an American-Cuban-British filmmaker. She is a 2020 Film Independent Directing Lab Fellow, and a 2016 Hedgebrook Screenwriting Lab Fellow. Her short film LITTLE CON LILI won Best in Fest at the HBO Women in Comedy Festival (2019), Best Short Contest with NBC (2019) and the LALIFF/FOTOKEM post-production award. It was nominated for Best Short Comedy at the Palm Springs ShortFest 2020, and will be distributed by HBO (2021-2023). Gabriela’s short film THE 90 DAY PLAN (a short film/Proof of Concept shot in 8 hours), won Best of Fest at the HBO Women in Comedy Festival 2020, Best Short Contest Award (Powderkeg/Feigco Ent) and is an official selection at the LA Asian Pacific Film Festival 2020, among others. Her feature MEDIO SUMMER, a Spanglish, Spoken-word adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, is in development with Marc Platt Productions, and her feature LITTLE CON LILI is in development with Mandalay Pictures. Gabriela received her BFA in 2005, from UCLA's School of Theater, Film and Television (with a double minor in Chicano/a Studies and African American Studies), and a dual MFA from California Institute of the Arts in 2015. Aside from being a filmmaker, Gabriela is also an international Spoken Word poet, performing her one-woman show at over 1000 universities in the US, and opening for artists including Pitbull, the Black Eyed Peas, Taj Mahal, Harry Belafonte, and social/political figures including Maxine Waters, Thich Nhat Hahn, Kamala Harris, among others. Gabriela's spoken word has appeared on KCET Television, KPFK, NPR, and on commercials for Dove, Toyota, and Coca Cola. Gabriela is represented by Jairo Alvarado at Circle of Confusion Management, and Valarie Phillips at A3 Artist Agency.