Documentary by Northern Film Students Selected for Santa Fe Film Festival

by Staff Reporter / Feb 08, 2018 / comments
NNMC student Stephanie Martinez behind the camera during filming at Northern's campus. Courtesy photo

Documentary by Northern Film Students Selected for Santa Fe Film Festival

Hizo lo que quiso (She Did It Her Way), a short documentary film co-directed by Northern New Mexico College film students Stephanie Martinez and Daniel Valerio, has been selected to play at the 2018 Santa Fe Film Festival.

The film will be screened as part of the festival’s New Mexico Shorts Program on Friday, February 9th, at The Screen, at 7:45 pm.

The documentary is about Veronica Ortiz, an iconic singer and song writer from El Rito, who shares her fascinating and unconventional life story. 

“Stephanie and Danny along with our TV Production class worked magic to capture Veronica’s complicated nature and character. There is no one else like her,” said David Lindblom, Stephanie and Danny’s film teacher at Northern.

"Stephanie and Danny's work speaks to our film program's commitment to experiences close to our hearts and about where we live," Lindblom added.

Stephanie received her Film and Digital Media Arts degree from Northern in 2016, while Danny is working towards a degree in Environmental Science alongside his many film projects.

Stephanie Martinez. Courtesy photo

“You can’t have a video unless you have a compelling story and that’s what Veronica had. Not only that but she was an inspiration and a strong woman. She was straightforward about her life and decisions,” said co-director Stephanie Martinez. 

"We learned to make movies by making movies. Veronica's movie was a challenge. It took three years. Continuity is important and we had to find the flow of her life," said Daniel Valero, producer and co-director.

A five-day celebration of the best in cinematic arts, the 16th Annual Santa Fe Film Festival will run February 7th- 11th, 2018 with a program of over 40 films, panels, juried awards, workshops and parties.