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Film (BFA)

Jennica Carmona is a New York City based Puerto Rican filmmaker, actor, and activist.

Her first feature film, “Millie and the Lords”, won several awards on the film festival circuit and was sold to HBO/Cinemax shortly after its release. The film, which was inspired by the revolutionary Puerto Rican civil rights group, The Young Lords, has been screened at numerous colleges and universities throughout the country. In 2021, Jennica was commissioned by the Philadelphia Latino Film Festival to create a short documentary film, “Fuerza Y Poder”, with young Latino students in the South Philadelphia area. The film explored how the power of community helped them to overcome challenges during the Covid-19 pandemic. Most recently, Jennica wrote and directed a short film, “The Fellowship”, with the senior students at Pace University, which explored issues of race, class, and privilege in an elitist private college.

Jennica has worked as a Film and Theater Educator for many years for various organizations, including Montclair Film, the Philadelphia Latino Film Festival, Fleisher Art Memorial, Big Picture Alliance, and more. She has also worked as a Programmer for film festivals such as Reel Sisters Film Festival and the New Jersey Jewish Film Festival. She is an active member of FILM FATALES, a national non-profit organization dedicated to creating equity for women in the filmmaking industry.

Born in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico and raised in Rochester, NY, she is a graduate of the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. She is a proud co-founder of Si Se Puede Productions, a theatre and film production company that creates material with social justice themes.