Dawn Valadez is a queer Xicana, filmmaker, social worker, artist, youth development specialist, resource wrangler, and impact strategist. Raised by her Mexican American single mother, she never planned on being a filmmaker. Her award-winning, ITVS funded, feature documentary (with Kristy Guevara-Flanagan), GOING ON 13, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. Dawn produced/ co-directed THE PUSHOUTS (with Katie Galloway). It is supported by numerous funders including the Ford Foundation/Just Films, Sundance Doc Fund, CalHumanities, CPB, LPB, and others. She’s been awarded numerous honors, including the Saul Zaentz Artist Award (2017) and the Imagen Awards' Best Documentary Award (2018). She is producing Vivien Hillgrove’s memoir film, VIVIEN’S WILD RIDE. On the board of the Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC), Dawn advises on documentary films and public engagement campaigns and acts as a review panelist for a range of public documentary and other media funders. She lives and works in Oakland, California.

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