Sylvia Morales


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Sylvia Morales has directed, written, produced and edited award winning and nationally recognized film and video work for the last 30 years.

She directed episodes from the three seasons of Showtimes' groundbreaking series, RESSURECTION BLVD, working with actors Elizabeth Pena, Lou Gossett, Jr, Michael De Lorenzo and Esai Morales. She also wrote and directed for the Showtime series, WOMEN: STORIES OF PASSION. Morales was one of the producing and writing teams for the award winning series, CHICANO! THE MEXICAN CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT for PBS. She directed for the ACE and Emmy nominated six-hour series, A CENTURY OF WOMEN, which focused on 20th century U.S. women for Turner Broadcasting,

Ms. Morales headed the Latino Consortium at KCET in Los Angeles from 1981-1985. She was responsible for the programming, production and distribution of programs that aired on PBS. During her four-year tenure at KCET, Ms. Morales hosted the Latino Consortium's weekly national series, PRESENTE, and produced and directed Emmy nominated and award winning programs.

Ms. Morales produced, directed, shot and edited the widely recognized film, CHICANA, in 1979.

Ms. Morales has been the recipient of the following awards: the prestigious Rockefeller Fellowship Award in Media; a participant in the American Film Institute's Directing Workshop for Women; a Fellow from the National Endowment of the Arts; the VESTA Award which honors the outstanding contribution of Southern California women to the arts; and she was honored with a Salute to Latinas Award for distinguished work in her field from the city of Los Angeles. She was also honored by Comision Femenil Mexicana Nacional's 20th Anniversary celebration for "Latinas in Film and Television."

Her published works include "Chicano Produced Celluloid Mujeres," an article for the Bilingual Review exploring the portrayal of Latino women by Chicano filmmakers (1985). Her work as principal photographer appears in A NEW VIEW OF A WOMAN'S BODY, a layperson's health book (1981).

Ms. Morales' work has been shown widely at film festivals and conferences throughout the U.S., Mexico, South America, Spain, and France.

[Source: Sylvia Morales, LMU School of Film & Television]