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.
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Founder and Executive Producer
Trina Barduscois an American-Venezuelan who is passionate about innovative storytelling, championing multiculturalism, diversity and content for women. She has written, directed, produced and or co-hosted a total of nine web series and for-and-about women in both English and Spanish, including 400+ videos for Yahoo en español that were sponsored by Procter & Gamble. An experienced bilingual brand liaison for agencies, and show sponsors, she understands the art of authentic contextual integration into US Hispanic and global programs.
Her latest project, Going Solo, is a documentary series with a distinctly feminine take on the impulse to travel. Blending bold storytelling, far-flung locals, and spirited exploration, we follow Trina as she takes a walk—or twirl, or ride—in another’s shoes, seeking passion and excitement in each unique form of cultural expression. Going Solo and her production company, Flamenca Films, are currently incubating as part of a 2017 yearlong fellowship at the Made in New York Media Center at IFP.
Trina began her career as a Fulbright Scholar of ethnomusicology in Spain in 1999 for her project, “Flamenco’s Duende and Deep Song.” She soon traded the library for one of the first, readily available DV digital cameras, and started documenting gypsy flamenco singer, Luis Agujeta. This lead to her debut documentary, I’m the Tourist, distributed internationally and featured on HBO Latino where she first began experimenting with immersing herself in a way of life markedly different from her own.
She also co-pioneered HBO Latino’s original, award winning series, Habla, that for over a decade has given a platform to Latinos living in the U.S. who’s stories might otherwise not be heard. Once a year, as a feature length documentary consisting of multiple interviews and community portraits, Latinos from all walks of life, including dozens of celebrities, share their personal stories, reaching beyond the Latino community to build a bridge of understanding that goes in both directions.
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.