18 June 2010

Meet Rhianon E. Gutierrez - Director and Writer

Born and raised in Southern California, Rhianon Gutierrez is an award-winning filmmaker, writer, and activist. She received her BFA in Film Production from Chapman University, where she worked as a Production Designer, Producer, Director, and Writer on award-winning narrative and documentary films. Her acclaimed documentary short, “When I’m Not Alone”, has won over ten national awards, including one from the Academy of TV Arts and Sciences, and has played in numerous festivals. She served as a co-director, co-cinematographer, and still photographer on the short documentary “Ritmo do Morumbi”, about a renowned percussion school in Sao Paulo, Brazil. As an activist, she has been recognized for her work within the independent living movement and with young adults with hearing loss. Rhianon has done documentary, outreach, and social networking for various non-profits, including Special Olympics, Best Buddies International, People First of California, and Alliance of Abilities. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Hearing Loss Association of California and does outreach work for It’s Our Story, a national disability media history project with the Victor Pineda Foundation. She has also been involved with campaigns with Oxfam America and Special Olympics’ Spread the Word to End the Word. She is a member of the Society for Disability Studies. Fiercely committed to fostering an inclusive society, Rhianon uses her film training to produce and direct intimate, inclusive, and character-driven narrative and documentary films to educate mainstream audiences about social issues.

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