Documentary filmmaker Tricia Creason-Valencia produces films that challenge stereotypes, celebrate the complexity of people and shine light on social issues. She is passionate about using film as a tool for social change. She is the founder of FLACAFILMS (flacafilms.com), a documentary film and new media production company, where she works as a director/producer and digital video editor. Her films won numerous awards and screened at festivals throughout the United States.
Tricia is currently producing Stable Life, a feature length documentary that follows an undocumented immigrant family through two tumultuous years as they live, work and pursue a stable life on the backside of a Northern California racetrack. The film is intended for PBS broadcast. Stable Life is accompanied by a robust community engagement project, Reflections on a Stable Life, which includes an interactive website and community-based creative workshops designed to inspire dialogue and facilitate creative expression around issues of immigration, assimilation and labor addressed in the film. Tricia is also producing of El Shop, a documentary film/mixed media installation project in collaboration with artist Pilar Agüero-Esparza. El Shop tells the story of Agüero-Esparza’s apprenticeship at the shoe repair shop of her father, a 72-year old third-generation master cobbler. Portions of the film will be screened at the Out of the Garage exhibit during the Zero1 Biennial in San Jose, CA in September 2010.
Tricia currently teaches documentary filmmaking in the Social Documentation department at U.C. Santa Cruz. She has taught film/video production and at San Francisco State University, Drexel University and in collaboration with several youth-related nonprofit organizations. She is a PBS/CPB Producers Academy Fellow (2008), and a National Association of Latino Independent Producer’s Latino Producers Academy Fellow (2008). She serves on the Board of CreaTV San Jose, a community access television studio and media training center. In 2009, Tricia was awarded the Arts Council of Silicon Valley Artist Fellowship, the Belle Foundation for Cultural Development Individual Artist Grant, and the Bay Area Video Coalition Mediamaker Award.