Lorena Manríquez, a Firelight Media Documentary Lab alum, is an award-winning independent filmmaker based in Los Angeles. She is the recipient of a number of film industry fellowships, including the NALIP Producers Academy, the CPB/PBS Producers Academy, the IFP Rough Cut Lab with her film, Ulises’ Odyssey (2014). Lorena’s film Siqueiros: Walls of Passion (2019) was awarded two California Documentary Project grants by Cal Humanities, and received funding from ITVS Diversity Development Fund, ITVS Open Call, Latino Public Broadcasting, and Firelight Media’s Next Step Fund.
The film was broadcast on PBS on the WORLD Channel in 2020, screened at film festivals worldwide, and received the Queens World Film Festival Best Director Award in a Documentary Feature. Lorena has directed and produced two short documentaries for Field of Vision: Hopewell (2016), featured in The New Yorker magazine website, and Here I’ll Stay (2017) for the ‘Our 100 Days’ documentary series in partnership with Firelight Media. Lorena is a member of NALIP, the IDA, Film Fatales, and Cinemáticas.