Flamenca Films is a media company guided by filmmakers, writers, producers, editors, on-camera talent, and artists committed to telling stories from the heart. We rely as a band of multifaceted Latinas on our warm spirit, passion, and culturally forward thinking to create projects that pop. Much like a flamenco dancer, we believe in timing one-of-a-kind moments that will remain vivid in our audience's mind.
We provide services—from inception to completion—to distributors across multiple media platforms and to brands directly, for all audiences. As experts in women and Latinos, we also contribute as social media strategists and consultants.
We're proud to be incubating our own female-inspired projects as part of a yearlong fellowship, starting in January 2017 at the Made in NY Media Center by IFP.
Come have a cafecito at our new space in DUMBO, Brooklyn!
Founder and Executive Producer
Trina Bardusco is an American-Venezuelan producer with fifteen years' experience translating global culture into award-winning content for American audiences. After earning her B.A. from Hunter College in New York, she traveled to Spain as a Fulbright fellow in ethnomusicology for her project, "Flamenco's Duende and Deep Song" which led to her debut documentary, I'm the Tourist: The Gypsy Song of Luis Agujeta featured on HBO Latino.
After a stint in the marketing department of David Byrne's world record label, Luaka Bop, where she worked with musicians on numerous global releases, Trina became a producer of on-air promotions at HBO Latino, where she co-pioneered the award-winning documentary series Habla, bringing real Latino voices in the U.S. to the screen. Habla is an on-going series that for over a decade has featured hundreds of men and women, including dozens of celebrities.
Trina was also the executive producer for the launch of Viva Voz, a nightly current affairs program for V-me, the first-ever national Spanish-language television network presented by public television stations, which reaches more than 70 million US households; she was also the head of US Hispanic at digital production company Prime Content, where she wrote, directed and produced and/or co-hosted more than 400 brand-sponsored videos for Procter & Gamble on Yahoo en Español. Her original web series' targeting a female audience for Yahoo Mujer that ran from 2008- 2014, boasted 25 million unique monthly visitors.
Passionate about innovative storytelling, championing multiculturalism, diversity and content for women, Trina launches Flamenca Films, kicking off with producing four web series for Cafe Mom's latest on-line venture, targeting Latina millenials, Vivala. She also creates GOING SOLOTM: a new travel series with a distinctly feminine take on the impulse to travel. Blending bold storytelling, far-flung locales, and spirited exploration.
Trina is a member of the White House Entertainment Consortium Collaborative Outreach Program and a recipient of the "Made in NY Fellowship at IFP" that supports diversity among storytellers and entrepreneurs.
Denise Bidot, the size 14, Puerto Rican and Kuwaiti, international plus-size model, TV personality, the voice and advocate for curvy women and self-love, can be recognized for her groundbreaking movements within the Fashion Industry. Her work for straight- and plus-size brands such as Forever 21, Target, Levi's, Nordstrom, Macy's, Old Navy, Lane Bryant and as the face of the Danish brand, Zizzi Clothing, has positioned herself to be a leading figure for all women of different sizes.
During New York Fashion Week 2014 (September), Denise broke many barriers by becoming the first plus-size model to walk two runways for straight-size brands, CHROMAT and Serena Williams' HSN fashion line. Denise was personally selected by Serena Williams to be the only plus-size model to walk in her show. At the Serena Williams fashion show, Denise experienced a surreal moment when fashion innovator, Anna Wintour of Vogue Magazine, praised her presence at the show and runway. This was a moment that truly symbolized the change of integrating all sizes within the fashion world; a movement Denise has been leading. She is behind the hashtag #thereisnowrongwaytobeawoman that has now become the signature of her brand.
Denise has traveled the world as a plus-size model and has made herself well-known as a role model, and television personality. This leading lady was a part of Jennifer Lopez's TV network, NUVOtv's, "Curvy Girls," which showcased her life as a curvy woman and model. In addition, Denise's life was profiled in HBO's "Habla Women," with other empowering stories of Latinas which includes actress, Gina Rodriguez, Cosmopolitan For Latinas Magazine's editor-in-chief, Michelle Herrera Mulligan, and female boxer, Marlen Esparza. Denise was also featured as a mom on the web series with Yahoo! En Español titled "Mama vs. Mama."
Michelle is a writer and editor with 20 years of experience. Her essays and articles have reached more than 1 million people online and in print in the past two years, in publications ranging from The New York Times magazine to Elle.com. She was the founding editor in chief of Cosmo For Latinas magazine, and built a community that consistently reached 2-3 million readers per month online and more than 100,000 on the newsstand. A frequent college speaker and writing coach, she feels especially inspired to work on projects focused creating a vision, owning one's voice, and building a dream, which she spoke about at a Tedx conference hosted at Barnard College titled "Dream Wild." An expert in the Latino millennial market, she has spoken at colleges around the country and her books, including the anthologies Border-Line Personalities and Count on Me, have been course-adopted at universities across the country. She also hopes to mentor and lead all underrepresented voices in the mainstream, which she has worked to do everywhere from Guernica magazine to Cosmopolitan.
As a veteran print, TV and internet host/journalist Carolina knows how to find compelling stories, characters and trends. She began her career in the trenches of TIME magazine as a news writer/reporter. After covering both business and Latin American politics, she moved to NBC where she opened the NYC bureau for Telemundo's most watched news show, "Al Rojo Vivo." As their NYC correspondent she covered both spot news and entertainment. She has written and been a contributor for some of the biggest news and lifestyle titulars, including Newsweek, Yahoo, USAToday, Washington Post, InStyle, Health, Siempre Mujer, The Better Show and many othersBuia has also served as a brand spokeswoman--often creating the content--for major companies, including: Walmart, Dreft, Hillshire Farm, Splenda, CoverGirl, Quaker Oats, Bacardi, Fisher Price, and many more. She has opined on all major media outlets, including: The View, The Today Show, FoxNews, CNN, MSNBC,CBS, CNBC, NPR and others.
Michelle García is a writer, radio reporter, and video journalist whose work has appeared in the Oxford American, the Washington Post, Salon, and numerous other media outlets. She is the producer and director of the PBS documentary Against Mexico: The Making of Heroes and Enemies and is traveling the US-Mexico border working on a book about the border, myth, and masculinity. Find her at www.michellegarciainc.com and on twitter at @pistoleraprod.
Soldanela, also known as Sol, has been a professional dancer; actress; choreographer; television host, production coordinator; teaching artist, project captain; documentary researcher; tour manager; a music, theater, and film publicist; a music concert and theater producer; an adjunct lecturer; and a director of communications for a community college in the South Bronx.
Sol is a creative worker and masters several trades in numerous fields. Her experience in the performing arts, production, and media and communications fields extends to both the profit and nonprofit sector. She's worked in community centers, educational institutions, historic concert halls, museums, parks, prisons, stadiums, sound stages, and large and small theaters; as well as with, emerging, established, and renowned figures.
She is a host and producer of Notes From A Native Daughter, the podcast Her name, Soldanela, is the Spanish translation of edelweiss.