Claudia A. Mercado is a multi-media artist, experimental documentary filmmaker and a cultural artivist, born and raised in East Los Angeles, California who has exhibited her films throughout the U.S., in art houses, universities, museums and film festivals.
In fact, her documentary work on the Los Angeles based women's artist collective, Mujeres de Maiz, which she co-founded, exhibited at LA Plaza de Artes y Cultura this March for their 20th anniversary. In 2011, Claudia's documentary short, AQUI ESTAMOS Y NO NOS VAMOS was selected by the Levi Film Workshop presented at MOCA in Los Angeles. She also co-produced and edited SAVING THE WATTS TOWERS for The City Project.
In 2009, Claudia co-produced, directed and edited, MUJERES DE MAIZ: LA SAGRADA, SHE THE SACRED a documentary trailer on the 13th Live Art Show of Mujeres de Maiz in Los Angeles.
In 2008, she directed and edited two web trailers: “CADA QUIEN SU FRIDA” (To Each Their Own Frida) for the Los Angeles theatrical play produced by acclaimed Mexican actress Ofelia Medina, and the INTERNATIONAL INDIGENOUS GRANDMOTHER GATHERINGS produced by Morning Star Foundation; She also produced, directed and edited a short documentary for the Acjachemen-Juaneno Band of Indians PAHNE: SAVING SACRED SITES co-produced by The City Project, and a short experimental narrative LAGRIMAS DE CAFE (Tears from Café) produced by Womyn Image Makers.
In 2006 for the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival, Claudia, co-programmed and premiered her short documentary on the South Central Farmers struggle to save the largest urban farm in U.S. from corporate greed, AQUI ESTAMOS Y NO NOS VAMOS: Protecting Self-Sustainable Communities.
In 2005, she was awarded the inaugural Women In Film/General Motors Latina New Filmmaker Grant and was Assistant to the Director on Margaret Cho’s cult classic feature film, Bam Bam and Celeste.