Mónica Esmeralda León

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Mónica Esmeralda León
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Monica Esmeralda Leon at Black Ruby interview (2016)
Born (1991-07-20) July 20, 1991 (age 28)
CitizenshipMexican, American[citation needed]
Occupation
  • Actress
  • producer
  • director
Years active2013–present
Websitewww.avefenixpictures.com[1]

Mónica Esmeralda León (born July 20, 1991) is a Mexican film actress, producer and director. León is also the founder of Ave Fenix Pictures in Chicago and Los Angeles, and created La Raza filmmaking concept.

Early life[edit]

León was born in Michoacán, Mexico. She moved to Chicago at age sixteen where she worked helping youth at risk.[2]

Career[edit]

León wanted to show the beauty but also the violence inside her neighborhood through the medium of film.[3] León became the executive producer of Adios Vaya Con Dios,[4] which incorporated gang members and street artists into the filmmaking process. León dedicated the director title to the community using the term La raza.[5]

León worked as a music producer combining different artists from around the globe, the United Kingdom and Mexico, incorporating them into the soundtrack of Adios Vaya Con Dios.[6] The film was first to integrate a British and Mexican rock soundtrack over a Latino urbanized film.[7] Adios Vaya Con Dios was the Official Selection at Bel Air Film Festival being Runner-up for Best Audience Feature Film, and nominations for Best Actor, Best Screenplay and Best Director. León also shared the nomination for Best Director with La raza.[8][9]

León founded the first Latino film studio in Chicago with Zachary Laoutides called Ave Fenix Pictures.[10]

León's second film is Arise from Darkness. She served as the films music supervisor and acted in the film.[11][12]

In 2017 León premiered the film Black Ruby at the London Independent Film Awards. The movie was the first filmed with an iPhone 7.[13] The film earned nominations in London with Leon sharing in Best Director and Best Feature Film[14] She won Best Film at the Los Angeles Film Forum Awards.[15]

Personal life[edit]

León is active in community outreach and continues higher education in languages and history.[2]

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Title Year Role
Adios Vaya Con Dios[1] 2016 Producer
Arise from Darkness 2016 Jessica
Black Ruby 2017 Producer

Awards and Nominations[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2014 Adios Vaya Con Dios Executive Producer Bel Air Film Festival Runner up Best Audience Feature
Bel Air Film Festival Nominated Best Jury Feature Film Directing
2016 Arise from Darkness Jessica Nominated Film Invasion L.A. Best Director
Nominated Film Invasion L.A. Best Narrative Feature
Also, Producer/Director
2017 Black Ruby Executive Producer /

Also, Producer/Director

Nominated London Independent Film Awards Best Director

Nominated London Independent Film Awards Best Feature film

Nominated London Independent Film Awards Best Foreign Feature film

Nominated London Independent Film Awards Best Trailer

Also, Producer/Director

Nominated Rome Film Awards Best Feature Film

Nominated Rome Film Awards Best Director

Nominated Rome Film Awards Best International Film

2018 Black Ruby Executive Producer /

Also, Producer/Director

Winner Los Angeles Film Forum Awards Best Feature Film
2018 Dog Day God Producer / Writer Winner Los Angeles Film Forum Awards Best Original Screenplay

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Davies, Janet (August 10, 2016). "Award-winning Latino filmmakers thrive in Aurora". ABC7 Chicago. Retrieved October 14, 2016.
  2. ^ a b "La actriz, productora y directora Mónica Esmeralda León unificando artistas alrededor del mundo". Huellas.
  3. ^ "Former Joliet man hoping to inspire young people through film he wrote and shot". The Herald-News.
  4. ^ "Ave Fenix Pictures Independent Cinema Chicago & Los Angeles". Ave Fenix Pictures Independent Cinema Chicago & Los Angeles. Retrieved October 8, 2016.
  5. ^ ""Adios Vaya Con Dios"; The First-Ever Award Winning Film Made By Chicago Latino Gangs, Mexico & The UK – The Costa Rican Times". costaricantimes.com.
  6. ^ Ryan Stabile. "Adios Vaya Con Dios Soundtrack as compelling as the movie". AXS.
  7. ^ http://themusic.reviews/adios-vaya-con-dios-defining-and-defying-soundtrack/
  8. ^ Crosby, Denise. "Producers credit the people of Aurora for movie's success". Aurora Beacon-News. Retrieved October 26, 2017.
  9. ^ "La actriz, productora y directora Mónica Esmeralda León unificando artistas alrededor del mundo -" (in Spanish). March 25, 2016. Retrieved October 26, 2017.
  10. ^ "Chicagoland's own Latino film studio making its mark in cinema". WGN-TV. October 13, 2016. Retrieved January 7, 2017.
  11. ^ Ryan Stabile. "'When my Eyes go Dark' has a soundtrack that will keep you awake". AXS.
  12. ^ Crosby, Denise. "Fox Valley shooting for new film fest, more local movies". Aurora Beacon-News. Retrieved October 26, 2017.
  13. ^ Mag, Essex (March 30, 2017). "Inside The First iPhone 7 Movie Which Looks Classic – Black Ruby". Essex Magazine. Retrieved October 26, 2017.
  14. ^ News, Bdaily Business. "Production company joins forces Manchester, Glasgow, Chicago". Bdaily Business News. Retrieved October 26, 2017.
  15. ^ "Art with Purpose: Interviewing Ave Fenix Pictures". Mogul. Retrieved November 14, 2018.

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