Hey, I'm Marco!
Los Angeles, California
Marco, is an activist and an impact filmmaker focusing on marginalized communities, elevating the experiences of immigrant people, especially those who are undocumented, LGBTQ people, with emphasis on transgender women of color, people living with HIV/AIDS, POC communities, youth and young adults, women, sex workers, people struggling with mental health, people who inject drugs, and people with different abilities. His work anchors at weaving together these interconnected struggles - and in doing so, intentionally challenge toxic masculinity, racism, homophobia, transphobia, and other “isms” that threaten our collective wellbeing.
Marco considers his film work to be “a contracorriente” and his philosophy is inspired by the efforts of the "Third Cinema" coined by filmmakers and thinkers of the movement of “New Latin American Cinema” in the 70s where the main purposes aimed at resist, mobilize, agitate, and to promote social consciousness to counter the practices of the American film industry, mainly Hollywood.
In 2010, Marco directed his first short documentary Tres Gotas de Agua, in collaboration with Somos Familia and BAYCAT. In this film, three Latina immigrant mothers tell their personal stories about their children's coming out processes.
In 2015, he premiered his most recent work, El Canto del Colibri (The Hummingbird’s Song) featuring Latino immigrant fathers discussing acceptance of their LGBTQ children. The documentary played at several international film festivals, and countless of Latinx communities in the U.S. Winner, among others, Best Documentary Audience Choice Award at the CinHomo Muestra de Cine LGBT Valladolid, Spain and Best Documentary by the Jury at l Can [be] Gay: 3º Festival Internacional de Cine LGBTIQ de Canarias, Spain.
In 2015, Marco was selected by Obama’s White House for the prestigious Champions of Change award that recognizes LGBT artists who use media to illuminate the experiences of LGBT Americans and create opportunities for dialogue, inclusion, and understanding.
Following the positive response to El Canto del Colibrí, Marco cofounded an organization that promotes LGBT acceptance in Sinaloa Mexico, the project’s name is Corazon Abierto A.C.
More recently, In 2017, he was awarded the Equal Justice Thematic International Residency at Santa Fe Art Institute. In this project, he feels privileged to collaborate with local Latinx queer organizations, exploring the concept “cinema callejero””promoting counter-hegemonic narratives, as it relates to the concept of “community” among immigrant people, New Mexicans, and Native American queer people in New Mexico, primarily.
Marco lives in California with Lola, his cat...so pretty that Lola!
El Canto del Colibrí