After screening this moving feature documentary, the audience talked with the Producer, Tricia Creason-Valencia, and they learned a bit about her and her work.
Tricia Creason-Valencia is the founder of FLACAFILMS Documentary Video Production where she works as a director/producer and digital video editor. Her films have won numerous awards and have been screened at festivals throughout the United States and on KQED television in San Francisco. Tricia is the Producer of Stable Life. This insightful feature length documentary tells the story of a dying racetrack and the challenges of the mostly Mexican immigrants who live and work on the “backside” of the track. The film premiered at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival and won “Best Documentary” at Cinequest and the “Jury Prize” at CineFestival San Antonio in 2013. Stable Life is currently on the film festival circuit and aired on KQED Public television as part of the Truly CA series.
Tricia has produced several video installations including: El Shop, a documentary highlighting a Chicana artist’s apprenticeship at her father’s East LA huarache (Mexican sandal) shop. The film screened as part of the Zero1 Biennial in San Jose, CA. Tricia directed several videos that are part of the permanent exhibit Mammoth: Discovery! at the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose. Tricia also directs/produces and edits videos for corporate and non-profit clients such as EHC Lifebuilders, Xilinx Corporation, and CreaTV San Jose.
Tricia has taught documentary filmmaking and video production at U.C. Santa Cruz, Santa Clara University, San Francisco State University, Drexel University and in collaboration with several youth-related nonprofit organizations. She is a PBS/CPB Producers Academy Fellow (2008), and a National Association of Latino Independent Producer’s Latino Producers Academy Fellow (2008). She served for five years as a Board member at CreaTV San Jose, a community access television studio and media training center.
Tricia was awarded the Arts Council of Silicon Valley Artist Fellowship, the Belle Foundation for Cultural Development Individual Artist Grant, and the Bay Area Video Coalition Mediamaker Award. Tricia received her BA from U.C. Berkeley (Psychology and Chicano Studies) and graduated from San Francisco State University with an MFA in Film Production. She lives in San Jose, with her husband, Hugh, a Reconstructionist Rabbi, and two children, Dahlia and Elijah, who attend local public schools. In her spare time, Tricia is a Special Education/Dyslexia advocate and loves to skate roller derby with the Silicon Valley Roller Girls Circuit Jerks Team!