Ana Lydia Monaco Bio

ABOUT ANA LYDIA MONACO


Award-Winning Filmmaker Ana Lydia Monaco is a former PR pro focused on writing, directing and producing content that will make audiences laugh, cry, think, and see the world differently.


A born-and-bred Angeleno by way of the San Fernando Valley, Ana Lydia spent her childhood summers and five years in Mexico where she quickly learned that she was too American to be Mexican. The irony being that she was also too Mexican to be American.


The duality of her bicultural upbringing shaped her teenage years and was a harsh homecoming gift when she returned to the USA to finish her middle and high school education. Uninterested with school life, Ana Lydia became obsessed with foreign cinema, Grace Kelly, English literature, and 1940s fashion.


To make sense of her suburban life, her strict Mexican parents, and the heat of the San Fernando Valley, she used paint brushes to create surrealist realities that made more sense in her teenage mind. When the colors and textures didn't quite match what was in her head, she began writing short stories, plays, and eventually graduated with a degree in marketing.


A natural storyteller, Ana Lydia established herself as a leading multicultural communications strategist, telling her clients stories, writing PSAs, and directing program campaigns. When the stories she could tell about her corporate clients began to be limited by their budget, she started the blog "Cabeza de Coco,” a Spanish play on words about her reality: brown on the outside and white on the inside.


Realizing that her world didn't exist in the films and TV shows she watched, Ana Lydia took to photography to document her version of the world around her. Photography was, in her words "the gateway drug" and creative muse that allowed her to find her voice and eventually landed her in the Film Studies Program at Art Center College of Design.


Pushed by the Art School culture and fully immersed in her vision, Ana Lydia is no longer looking for others to create films and programs that show her reality. She has, instead, written, produced and directed short films that tackle social issues and represent the diversity of the world, including KENNY, FALLING OUT and the Award-Winning Short Film MEETING BROWN. She has also written, directed and produced films for The Smithsonian and Nissan.


And Lydia also shares a different perspective about the past and current societal realities with documentaries such as CONVERSATIONS IN COLOR...ISMS, THE RETURN TO COLLEGE, THE PLAYBOY NEXT DOOR, and DAMES, BROADS AND THE CODE.


Ana Lydia's work also spotlights today's reality as lived by her female-led TV series EL LAY, and explores the dark-side of the female condition in feature films THE ACADEMY and JOY & EGO.


Never staying too far from her teenage heart, Ana Lydia also wrote, produced and directed JE SUIS UNE FEMME, an art-house dance film that "will inspire women to appreciate themselves."


Ana Lydia is married, has a four-legged daughter "Maya Candice" and lives in West Los Angeles. When she's not writing or following the UCLA parakeets, Ana Lydia is immersing herself in the local art scene or driving on the 101 North heading to her "heaven on earth."




EXPERIENCE


▪ Writing/Screenwriting
▪ Directing
▪ Production
▪ Creative Strategy
▪ Photography
▪ Marketing/Social Media


PROFESSIONAL AWARDS &  RECOGNITIONS


First Round Screenwriting Finalist
Women in Film


Top 25 Screenwriting Finalist
The Blacklist / Go90

Audience Award
Panafest

Top Drama Screenplay
Pitch-story

Semi-Finalist
Feedback Film Festival

Semi-Finalist
Courage Film Festival

Official Selection
Tulsa Film Festival


Outstanding Woman Award (Mujeres Destacadas)
La Opinion Newspaper

EDUCATION


BFA Film Studies + Designmatters Minor in Social Innovation, HONORS Graduate
Recognition: Social Responsibility Work
*Two-time Portfolio Review Scholarship Recipient


*Edwards Scholarship Recipient
Art Center College of Design


Writing Certificate
UCLA Extension


A.A. Merchandise Marketing, HONORS Graduate
Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising

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