Migdia Chinea Varela

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Migdia Chinea Varela
Cropped Picture of Migdia Chinea and Alex at his birthday.jpg
Migdia Chinea Varela
Other names Migdia Chinea
Occupation actress, screenwriter, director
Years active 1971-present

Migdia Chinea-Varela (also credited as Migdia Chinea) is a Cuban-American screenwriter[1][2][3] and director[3] She was a writer for the TV series Superboy,[2] as well as for The Incredible Hulk, The Facts of Life, and Punky Brewster. She appeared in the second season of Sanford and Son as Maria Fuentes, the younger sister of Julio Fuentes, in the 1973 episode "Watts Side Story". She has written about theatre for the Los Angeles Times[4][5]

In 1988, Newsweek published an essay by Chinea in its "My Turn" column.[6] The essay described her personal experiences with minority quotas.[7]

In 2012, Chinea graduated with a master's degree in Film and Television (MFA) from the University of California, Los Angeles. She wrote and directed the short film Anonymous (Street Meat)[8] as part of an experimental film course.[3] The four-minute film, which is based on her experiences with faulty mortgage foreclosure notices,[3][8] was selected to appear at the Cannes Short Film Festival[3] and earned an honorable mention at the California International Shorts Film Festival. After the film's reception at Cannes, Chinea told The Daily Bruin that she hoped to be able to film a full length version.[3]

Her film The Kninth Floor was a final selection at the 2012 Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival.[9] It was also screened at the 2012 Cyprus International Film Festival.[10] and the 2012 Los Angeles Polish Film Festival.[11]

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Scene from "Anonymous (Street Meat)"
  • "Old Havana and the Great Pimp of San Isidro" (short film) (2013)
  • "Kninth Floor" (short film) (2012)
  • "Ard Eevin" (documentary short) (2011)
  • "Anonymous (Street Meat)" (short film) (2010)
  • Yes, Inc. (TV series) (1998)



  1. ^ K L. Billingsley "'Voluntary' effort shuts out TV writer Hollywood puts Hispanics in second tier," Washington Times March 25, 1997
  2. ^ a b DiPaolo, Marc (2011). War, Politics and Superheroes: Ethics and Propaganda In Comics and Film. McFarland. p. 299. ISBN 978-0-7864-8579-6. Retrieved 27 October 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f Taylor, Brittany, Grad student Midgia Chinea's film 'anonymous (street meat)' selected for Cannes Short Film festival, Daily Bruin, 25 May 2011. Retrieved 27 October 2013.
  4. ^ Los Angeles Times, 14 November 1994, quoted in Cultural Erotics in Cuban America, Ricardo L. Ortíz. University of Minnesota Press, 2007, p. 298
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ Chinea-Varela, Migdia. "My Life as a 'Two-Fer'." Newsweek Volume 112 (December 26, 1988)
  7. ^ [2]
  8. ^ a b Cubias, Daniel (2011-11-06). "Are the Banks Still Coming for Your House?". Huffingtom Post. Retrieved 2011-11-14. 
  9. ^ Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival program. Retrieved 27 October 2012.
  10. ^ 2012 Cyprus International Film Festival program, p.3. Retrieved 27 October 2013.
  11. ^ Los Angeles Polish Film Festival program. Retrieved 27 October 2013.

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