Catching up with MFA Documentary Grad Abi Prieto

abi prietoAbi Prieto graduated with honors from New York Film Academy Los Angeles’ Master of Fine Arts in Documentary Filmmaking in September 2015. Remaining in Los Angeles, she was quickly able to get involved in the documentary community there. Since graduating she has worked with and for an impressive array of production companies and projects. Abi has worked for the distribution company Good Docs, volunteered for the International Documentary Association, and acted as Associate Producer for a short film called “Piece of Cake” by Riot Life Films which partnered with the non-profit organization Free2Luv.

She currently has three independent documentary projects in the works and has just joined the team of a documentary feature called “Moving Portraits Project” directed by lifestyle photographer Bryan Alano.

Abi says, “This project is very close to my heart because it was shot in my home country, Philippines, and follows the story of a photographer and a prosthetist (a person who, designs, fabricates, fits, or services a prosthesis) as they travel to Cagayan de Oro, Philippines to help amputees who cannot afford proper health treatment. I am very excited for this project as a video editor and am looking forward to giving a voice and identity to Filipinos when it comes to documentary films by telling a story that will touch hearts across all cultures. In addition, Abi is shopping her thesis film “Lola Divas” about a troupe of Filipino drag queens facing discrimination and aging with humor and grace, to various film festivals.

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Published on: May 26, 2016

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