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] She lives in Glendale, California.

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 from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.[8] She wrote and directed the short film Anonymous (Street Meat)[9] as part of an experimental film course.[3] The four-minute film, which is based on her experiences with faulty mortgage foreclosure notices,[3][9] 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.[10] It was also screened at the 2012 Cyprus International Film Festival.[11] and the 2012 Los Angeles Polish Film Festival.[12]

Varela on set of The Prince of Old Havana

She is in production on The Prince of Old Havana, based on Cuban pimp Alberto Yarini (1882–1910), known for the introduction of French prostitutes in the era after the 1895-1898 Cuban War of Independence.[13]

Select film and television credits[edit]

Actress[edit]

Director[edit]

Still from "Anonymous (Street Meat)"
  • The Prince of Old Havana (in production, for 2015 release)[8][14][15]
  • "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)

Writer[edit]

References[edit]

  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. ^ "Making Sense of Cuban History - Los Angeles Times". Articles.latimes.com. 1994-11-14. Retrieved 2014-08-05. 
  6. ^ Chinea-Varela, Migdia. "My Life as a 'Two-Fer'." Newsweek Volume 112 (December 26, 1988)
  7. ^ http://www.academia.edu/3069366/My_Life_as_a_Twofer
  8. ^ a b Kovarik, Casey. "TFT alum tells history seventeen years in the making". Daily Bruin. Retrieved 2014-08-05. 
  9. ^ a b Cubias, Daniel (2011-11-06). "Are the Banks Still Coming for Your House?". Huffingtom Post. Retrieved 2011-11-14. 
  10. ^ Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival program. Retrieved 27 October 2012.
  11. ^ 2012 Cyprus International Film Festival program, p.3. Retrieved 27 October 2013.
  12. ^ Los Angeles Polish Film Festival program. Retrieved 27 October 2013.
  13. ^ The History of Havana, Dick Cluster and Rafael Hernández. Macmillan, 2008
  14. ^ "Migdia Chinea Directs the Prince of Old Havana", Latino LA, May 12, 2014
  15. ^ The Prince of Old Havana website

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