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 directing a feature length documentary titled "Changing Boundaries: The History of San Jose". Tricia produced Stable Life, an Emmy-nominated 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 broadcast on KQED television's "Truly CA" series and won "Best Documentary" at Cinequest Film Festival in 2012. Tricia directed "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 screened at the Out of the Garage exhibit during the Zero1 Biennial in San Jose in 2010.
Tricia has taught filmmaking at U.C. Santa Cruz, Santa Clara University, San Francisco State and 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 was a founding Board member 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.