CRISTINA ISABEL RIVERA-SANGAMA
I'm Cristina Isabel Rivera-Sangama, a Queer Bi-Lingual Latinx Creative Director x Producer x Editor x Photographer from Miami based in Los Angeles.
I've been freelancing as a creative for over 10 years. I've directed, produced, shot and edited still, motion, and multi-media projects around the world. My friends say that I've lived many lives because I've had a career in Human Resources, painted murals commercially and worked for a couple of start-up tech companies in San Francisco before shifting from corporate jobs into being a full-time mul·ti-hy·phen·ate artist.
I studied Behavioral Sciences in San Francisco and was planning on becoming a Psychologist but decided to fuel my artistic passions instead. I am self-taught, I learned everything I know about photo and film through one-on-one mentorships, experimenting, community programs and on youtube. The best way to learn is by doing, this means making mistakes a long the way and committing to just being better than the day before. Some of the most important lessons I've learned throughout my journey: valuing my worth attracts collaborators and clients with shared values, mistakes are part of the journey, we only have control over how we overcome challenges, and you can fund your own project + use what you have to communicate your message right now.
I'm currently focusing on a personal project that I self-funded. It's an experimental audiovisual documentary project that I shot in the Peruvian Amazon between 2018 and 2019. I was planning on returning to Peru earlier this year to finish but there was a big earthquake in the area where I was going to shoot and then COVID happened. I'm adapting the work into smaller + more experimental formats to release as is while I wait to be able to travel again safely. I started learning audio production and node based visual programming language during quarantine to add new dimensions to my work. Learning about sound and creative tech is giving me the space to play and try different forms as I adapt my work to meet current times.
My work has seen film festivals, major publications, won awards and most importantly- it has inspired other creatives. My collective work was recognized with a grant from The Knight Foundation with Sound and Vision Miami a few years ago.