Writer/Director, #Whitina

NALIP Media Summit Official Selection Q&A Session 2

Born and raised in Texas, J. Sean Smith is an Indigenous and Mexican-American filmmaker who has a passion for culture connecting stories with a magical twist. Before transitioning into the film industry, she worked widely in music and fashion utilizing her talents to design wardrobe for tours and television events. In 2016, J.Sean received her B.A. in Film Studies from Columbia University in the City of New York. J.Sean is a recent graduate of The University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts MFA program where she was the first Latina to be awarded the George Lucas Family Foundation Scholarship. Her thesis film #Whitina - staring Xolo Maridueña, Inde Navarrette and Keyla Monterroso Mejia - is an award winning coming of age short film which she wrote and directed. J.Sean’s feature scripts have been recognized by the Sundance Institute and the Princess Grace Foundation. She is currently working on the script to her debut feature film, Small Town Warrior Princess.


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