#DirectedByWomen FILM PREMIERE: ‘Marina’ by Kimberly Hoyos

Our ‘Women Film-Makers’ segment wants to try to showcase the work of budding women directors. This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to be making films as a profession, or submitting them to festivals, you can submit something you made for a school project, or just lil experimental stuff you’ve shot by yourself or with friends. All we need is a bit of writing about yourself and the film, and a working YouTube/Vimeo link. Click here for more details on how to submit.

KH: “I created this film to be my thesis film for my advanced directing course. Throughout my film classes at university, I’ve had to sit through films that deny women the capability of being dynamic characters. More often than not, I was in classes that were barely 25% female. The demographic was sad- and with adding in my identity as the only Latina filmmaker in these classes? The breakdown was worse!  “Marina” is a film about a 20 something year old reclaiming her voice post sexual assault. As a female filmmaker I find it very important to create films that showcase the female POV. I want women, especially young women to see relatable representations of themselves that help them understand themselves and others and that document their experiences. For my final film as part of a university assignment, I wanted to create a distinctly feminist and utterly feminine film. I chose soft colors, soft textures, intimate moments with the main character, Marina. I also had my best friend act as the lead- she’s been there for my growth as a filmmaker from the beginning, always supporting me along the way. She was the only person I ever saw in this role.”

Kim Hoyos is a New Jersey based Latina filmmaker and photographer. She is also the founder of The Light Leaks, a site for the education, inspiration, and support of female and non gender conforming filmmakers. Her past work experience includes internships at NBC’s the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Rachel Antonoff, #GirlGaze, Femsplain and more. She’s very interested in creating narratives in film for women, especially WOC. Her biggest dreams include starting her own production company, hugging Lin- Manuel Miranda, and having perfect skin.


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