Mónica Esmeralda León
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Mónica Esmeralda León
Monica Esmeralda Leon at Black Ruby interview (2016)
|Citizenship||Mexican, American|
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.
León wanted to show the beauty but also the violence inside her neighborhood through the medium of film. León became the executive producer of Adios Vaya Con Dios, which incorporated gang members and street artists into the filmmaking process. León dedicated the director title to the community using the term La raza.
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. The film was first to integrate a British and Mexican rock soundtrack over a Latino urbanized film. 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.
In 2017 León premiered the film Black Ruby at the London Independent Film Awards. The movie was the first filmed with an iPhone 7. The film earned nominations in London with Leon sharing in Best Director and Best Feature Film She won Best Film at the Los Angeles Film Forum Awards.
León is active in community outreach and continues higher education in languages and history.
|Adios Vaya Con Dios||2016||Producer|
|Arise from Darkness||2016||Jessica|
Awards and Nominations
|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
|2017||Black Ruby||Executive Producer /
|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
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 /
|Winner Los Angeles Film Forum Awards Best Feature Film|
|2018||Dog Day God||Producer / Writer||Winner Los Angeles Film Forum Awards Best Original Screenplay|
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