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Desiree Carcamo tells real stories for real people and creates medicine for their community through storytelling. They are a first-generation Mexican-Salvadoran-American, queer writer-actor-filmmaker with indigenous heritage born and raised in vibrant BIPOC communities on unceded and occupied Tongva and Cahuilla land (South Central LA and the Inland Empire). Their work addresses immigration, women’s issues, intersectionality, and generational trauma. Their family of strong, independent women are a constant source of inspiration and support in their life. Their shining examples taught Carcamo to be dedicated, work hard, and echarle ganas. Their creative vision is to carve new spaces for all Latinx, indigenous, and Native stories. Carcamo was first introduced to storytelling and the performing arts by being unexpectedly cast in an improvisational dance for their university’s annual dance choreography showcase. Since then, Carcamo was part of the 2021 Disney/ABC, NBCU, and Netflix sponsored NHMC Series Writer program, received a 2021 NALIP Emerging Content Creator scholarship, won Nosotros’ 2nd Annual Ya Tu Sabes! Monologue Slam 2020 Presented by NBCU, waitlisted as a writer-director for NALIP’s WOC Short Film Incubator Lab sponsored by Netflix (2021), was a solo filmmaker and crew of one in several shorts, assistant directed the full length play WATER BY THE SPOONFUL (2020) through the reccomendation of established Native actress Kimberly Guerrero, and showrunned their first web series AMIGXS (2021) which is currently entering the festival circuit. They were also part of the TV/Film teams at MACRO and Eclectic Pictures. Industry executives and producers called them the "next big voice for the next Latinx generation."As a filmmaker, Carcamo aims to create slow, emotionally-moving, and captivating independent films that leave no room for attention to fall. They approach filmmaking as visual poetry. Some of their influences include Rashaad Ernesto Green(Premature), Barry Jenkins (Moonlight), Luca Guadanino (Call Me By Your Name), Ari Aster (Midsommar) and Sam Levinson (Euphoria). They studied bioengineering at University of California Riverside. more...

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