Silvia Del Carmen Castaños is a Boston-based filmmaker and transit planner born and raised in Laredo, Texas. In 2018 Silvia's short film Ocean won a jury prize at the Laredo International Media & Film Festival. Silvia’s debut feature film Hummingbirds is a collaborative self-portrait directed by them and Estefanía Contreras. Their work is supported by Ford Foundation JustFilms, Field of Vision, Arts2Work, Threshold Fund, Sundance Documentary Fund, SFFILM, and Chicken & Egg Pictures, among others. Silvia has represented Hummingbirds as a 2021 NBCU Original Voices Fellow, a 2021 Sundance/WIF Financing Intensive Fellow, a 2021 Points North/LEF Fellow, a 2022 BAVC MediaMaker Fellow, and a 2022-2024 Firelight Documentary Fellow. They have pitched Hummingbirds at forums including Visions du Reel Works in Progress and CMP's Great Chicago Pitch and presented at the 2022 True/False-Catapult Rough Cut Retreat.
In this late-night summer self-portrait, Silvia Castaños and Estefanía Contreras make magic of everyday moments coming of age on the Texas-Mexico border.