|Born||Patricia Chica Gizzi
San Salvador, El Salvador
|Occupation||Director, Filmmaker, Writer, Producer|
Patricia Chica also known as Chicatronica is a Canadian film and television director, international speaker and video blogger. She is of Salvadorian descent. In 2007 and 2010, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of El Salvador gave her a diploma of recognition for her outstanding contribution to the country's cinematic heritage. Winner of over 35 awards, her productions have been presented on television in North America, Europe and Australia, at numerous universities, within niche communities as well as in the international film festival circuit.
Over the years, Patricia has developed her own unique cinematic style, which is characterized by its use of surreal imagery and meticulous editing techniques to portray the intrapsychic of her characters. She uses twisted and disturbing elements within her films to shock audiences and make them think differently about certain hard-hitting realities.
As reported in the documentary "Let it Out!" (2013), Patricia Chica incorporates energy work within her creative process as a tool to empower her actors, collaborators and even herself. She uses energy and meditation in order to bring her actors to a higher level of consciousness and awareness that will allow them to connect, in a more profound way, with their characters.
Life & Career
In January 1981, during the civil war in El Salvador, Patricia Chica and her family fled death squads for the safety of Canada. She became a naturalized Canadian Citizen in 1985. She grew up in Montreal, Quebec. Her mother Alicia Gizzi was of Italian descent.
Patricia Chica graduated with distinction from the Film Production department of Concordia University. Her first professional short film La Promesse (The Promise) was presented in over 50 films festivals internationally. The film won 10 awards among which the Grand Prize for Best Film in a Foreign Language at the Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF), the Best Short Drama Award at the Magnolia Independent Film Festival in Mississippi, as well as the Best Directing Award at the Saint-Affrique Short Film Festival in France. This film received financial assistance from the National Film Board of Canada via their FAP and ACIC programs and was signed by Cinéma Libre for worldwide distribution.
In 2000, Patricia Chica directed a 5-hour documentary series on the history of jazz music entitled Jazz: Music of the Century that was nominated for the Best Musical Program Award at the Rose d'Or in Switzerland. The series was a success on CFCF12 Canadian television network. The series featured archival footage as well as original footage and exclusive musical performances from the biggest names in jazz of the past Century: Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Wynton Marsalis, Diana Krall, Tony Bennett, Al Jarreau, and Joshua Redman just to name a few.
From 2001 to 2008, Patricia worked as a writer, director and producer on a dozen documentary series shot around the world for networks such as National Geographic, CBC, Showcase, OLN, CTV, W Network, Oxygen, Discovery-Travel Channel, MTV, Bravo! Canada, Life, Slice, Animal Planet, etc.. Her productions have aired on prime-time worldwide.
In 2008, Patricia completed another author-driven documentary entitled Rockabilly 514, co-directed with British filmmaker Mike Wafer. For over four years, they documented the lives and tribulations of a group of young people who live a lifestyle inspired by 1950's rock n' roll music. The film won the Best Documentary Award at the Director's Chair Film Festival  in New York and has been screened at numerous festivals around the world. The documentary has aired many times on Bravo!, Canal D and in Sweden on SVT1. Some Universities have screened this film during their ethno-sociology classes.
In 2010, Patricia directed her next short Day Before Yesterday which has been a festival success, winning 10 awards including the Platinum Remi Award for Best Directing at the WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival, the Best Short Drama Award at the Magnolia Independent Film Festival, the Best Foreign Short at the Sacramento Film Festival. Over 50 film festivals have selected the film to this date.
Patricia Chica was ranked by popular vote #10 (in 2009), #5 (in 2010), #8 (in 2011)  and #10 (2012) in the Top 10 list of the best local filmmakers in the Montreal Mirror Reader's Poll, making her the first female director to ever be part of the list.
In November 2011, the Oaxaca Film Fest in Mexico presented her films and videos followed by a conference about her creative process. Other venues, art galeries, film festivals and theatres have also presented retrospectives of her work in Montreal (Canada), Connecticut (USA), San Salvador (El Salvador), etc.
In December 2012, Patricia Chica returned to El Salvador for the first time since the civil war. She was warmly welcomed by the artistic community and media. On December 21, she was interviewed live on Viva la Mañana to talk about her career. The next day she presented some of her short films and videos at the Cine La Casa Tomada (Centro Cultural de España) in front of a full theatre.
In May 2013, Patricia Chica and her actor and creative partner Richard Cardinal presented their film Ceramic Tango (written by Charles Hall) at the Short Film Corner of the Festival de Cannes in France.
In 2013, the readers of CULT #MTL Magazine voted for Patricia Chica in the TOP 3 of the Best Local Filmmakers making her the only female on the list. Her short film Ceramic Tango also made it to the TOP 4 in the Best Local Film category.
On June 1, 2014, Bronx World Film presents Patricia Chica's first film retrospective in New York City.
Filmography (selected work)
2014 Women In Horror Recognition Month (director, cinematographer, editor - two short segments of this anthology PSA produced by the Twisted Twins, Jen and Sylvia Soska)
2010 Day Before Yesterday (director - short film)
2008 Rockabilly 514 (co-director, cinematographer - feature length documentary)
2006 Tiara Girls (producer of 1 episode - MTV reality series)
2005 5 Takes (series producer season 1, director - television series)
2004 Live To Dance! (series director - television series)
2001 Variations on a New Generation (writer, director, editor - performance documentary)
2000 Jazz: Music of the Century (director - documentary series)
2000 La Promesse (writer, producer, director - short film)
1997 Renaissance d'Aphrodite (writer, producer, director - art video)