MARCELLA OCHOA

Director. Writer. Producer. Actress.

FILM

MY NAME IS MARIA DE JESUS

In 1950’s Texas, Mexican American children were forced to abandon their Spanish language and culture.  Thirty years later, one mother realizes the impact that Americanization has on her child who is struggling to connect with her Latin heritage.

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I wrote this short based on the true story of my mother… In 1950’s Texas, an elementary school teacher changes a Mexican-American child’s name from Maria de Jesus to Mary Jessie, and forces her to only speak English in order to fit into a xenophobic society. Thirty years later, Mary Jessie clashes with her young daughter that she has raised to only speak English, and can't communicate with her Spanish-speaking Grandpa. When her daughter gets in a fight at school after being bullied for her dark skin, she confesses to her mom she doesn't identify with their Mexican culture, and longs to be white. Mary Jessie finally realizes the impact Americanization has had not only on herself, but on her daughter as well. 

Director: Marcella Ochoa

Writer: Marcella Ochoa

Producers: Marcella Ochoa, Victor Solis

Cast: Marcella Ochoa, Ximena Pelaez-Munoz, Jasmine Linares, Susan Silvestri, Jenna Purdy, Geovanni Gopradi, David Saucedo

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DISCARNATE

A neuroscientist's obsession with a drug that expands the human mind inadvertently unleashes a deadly supernatural force on his team.

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Director: Mario Sorrenti

Writers: Marcella Ochoa, Mario Miscione

Producers: Harald Kloser, Marcella Ochoa

Cast: Thomas Kretschmann, Nadine Velasquez, Josh Stewart, Chris Coy, Matt Munroe, with Bex Taylor-Klaus and Olivier de Sagazan

 

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