Laura Varela is a documentary filmmaker whose work is shaped by her roots growing up on the US/Mexico border in El Paso, Texas. Her work crosses cultural, linguistic and physical borders through the use of film, social practice and contemporary art installations. She now resides in San Antonio, Texas where she works as a filmmaker and artist. Varelafilm recently merged with Xica Media, a mission driven creative agency and digital networks, that sit at the forefront of social justice, healing, and art.
Varela’s documentary, “As Long as I Remember: American Veteranos,” was broadcast on PBS from 2010 to 2016. She is currently producing and directing the documentary, “raul salinas: The Poetry of Liberation for PBS”. She is Producer and web developer for the documentary short “Emma Tenayuca and the 1938 San Antonio Pecan Shellers Strike”.
She is a recipient of awards from The National Association of Latino Arts and Culture, Humanities Texas, Latino Public Broadcasting’s Public Media Content Fund, ITVS and Best Director Award from the San Antonio Film Festival. Her work as a media artist has been exhibited at the San Antonio Museum of Art, Blue Star Contemporary Arts Center and the UTSA downtown art gallery public art projects that include spaces like the Alamo, San Fernando Cathedral and San Pedro Springs in San Antonio. Varela is currently a Producer for VoxFem whose mission is to unearth women artist and changemakers from every occupied territory.