THERESA NAVARRO (@theresaxtine) is an Independent Spirit Award-nominated producer, cultural worker and media activist. She is currently the vice president of external affairs at a national nonprofit media organization that produces PBS series 'POV'–the longest-running nonfiction showcase on American television. Prior to that, Theresa served as associate producer for Emmy-nominated series AMERICA REFRAMED, a co-production with WGBH/WORLD Channel. Her producing credits include DAYLIGHT SAVINGS (SXSW '12), sports documentary 9-MAN (DOCNYC '14), and sci-fi feminist film ADVANTAGEOUS (SUNDANCE '15) which won the festival's special jury prize for collaborative vision and was nominated for Film Independent’s John Cassavetes Award.
In addition to her career in film and media, Theresa contributes to public discourse on history, identity and power in marginalized groups through lectures, articles, short stories and performance. Her participation in communities of practice and storytelling collectives includes A-Doc, Brown Girls Doc Mafia, and the transnational migration project ReimagineBelonging.org. She has been a featured panelist at the Australian International Documentary Conference, AFI SilverDocs, and Hawaii International Film Festival, among other events around the U.S.
Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Theresa holds undergraduate degrees from the University of California at Riverside and completed her graduate work at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. She was nationally recognized as one of 15 Asian Pacific American Women Leaders for her work in the media arts in 2011.
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