OLLU to host ‘My Name is Maria de Jesus’ film screening with Marcella Ochoa Thursday

The OLLU community is invited to attend the screening of the film “My Name is Maria de Jesus,” with writer, director, producer and actress Marcella Ochoa, Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in Providence Hall, Blue Room.

The film tells the story of a mother who realizes the impact that Americanization has on her child who is struggling to connect with her Latina heritage. It is based on Ochoa’s family growing up in Texas and the racism they endured for being Mexican American.

Originally from San Antonio, Ochoa has worked in the entertainment industry for more than 14 years in marketing, production and as a filmmaker. She started off her career in the International Publicity department for Sony Pictures Entertainment and has worked on the marketing campaigns for major studio films such as “Da Vinci Code,” “Angels and Demons,” “Spider Man 3,” “The Social Network,” “Salt,” “Casino Royale,” and “Quantum of Solace,” among many others. She left Sony to be the head of development for film composer, producer and screenwriter Harold Kloser’s production company. She has worked with Kloser on the drama “Anonymous,” the supernatural TV pilot “Dark Horse,” and blockbuster action films “White House Down” and “Independence Day: Resurgence.”

In 2016, Ochoa left to start her own production company, 8A ENTERTAINMENT, to focus on developing her own film and TV projects. She co-wrote and produced the supernatural thriller “Discarnate,” which was recently released on iTunes. She is currently in development on several different projects she’s writing and plans to direct. As a woman of color in the entertainment industry, she’s dedicated to creating content for diverse audiences and strong roles for the Latinx community in front of and behind the camera.

Following the screening, there will be a question-and-answer session with Ochoa and community organizer and activist Rosie Castro.

This event is free and open to the public and is hosted by the OLLU English, Mass Communication and Drama Department and the Center for Mexican American Studies and Research.

This event is made possible in part with a grant from the Shield-Ayres Foundation.