MIRAAA Media Festival’s mission is to empower RGV artists to explore non-traditional storytelling and media through collaboration and experimentation with the intention of illuminating under-represented border narratives. Brought to you by the NALAC Arts Border Narrative Grant.
MIRAAA Media Fest will take place August 21 2021 at the McAllen Creative Incubator and will highlight over 20 Rio Grande Valley Artists.


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MIRAAA MANIFESTO

Miraaaa
Look at what they did!
OJO
Alternative
media(aa)
sourced and inspired
by the land
(we are in.)

Frontera
Border/narrative
We collaborated
Empowered one another
Non commercial
From the valley
Puro956!

Miraaalxs

Free ALL AGES
Video by @asiiiro
COLLECTIVE MEMBERS
Rawmirez (@raw_mirez) is a cultural worker and community advocate in the Rio Grande Valley along the US-Mexico Border. Josue is the grant writer and producer for Miraaa Meida Fest.
He is a multi-disciplinary artist working through visual art, installation, crafts, and performance. His artwork has been exhibited in the MexicArte Museum,  Art League Houston, the Brownsville Museum of Fine Arts as well as in publications like Remezcla and Pitchfork. Rawmirez is the Director of Raw Creativity for Trucha, a multimedia collective and online platform focused on the arts, culture and social movements of the region. ​​​​​​​
Natalia Rocafuerte (@nataliarocafuerte) is a  experimental video artist exploring dreams as narratives of self through installations, films, albums and print. Natalia is the web creator and a producer for Miraaa Media Fest.
 Rocafuerte has exhibited at the 2018 Young Latinx Artists at Mexic-Arte Museum in Austin, TX as well as being featured in Remezcla for "Top 40 Latinx Texas Artists to Know in 2020". Rocafuerte has hosted various workshops for young and older artists through The Contemporary Austin, Ballroom Marfa, and Civic Arts-Austin. Natalia is interested in the phenomenology of dreams, video aesthetics, experimental mediums, rasquachismo and waking life. She grew up on both sides of the Rio Grande Border in Tamaulipas and Texas and became a naturalized  USA citizen in 2019. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
C. Díaz (@shinykid) is a filmmaker and archivist from the Rio Grande Valley, Texas. Her films explore the alchemy of celluloid through the use of DIY, analog, and digital techniques. Blending abstraction with documentary, her films unearth intimate and sacred interactions between the physical earth and the people who inhabit it. Her desire to collect forgotten and discarded memories led her to a love of archives, home movies and oral history. C is a curator and producer for Miraaa Media Fest.
Her films and archival projects have been presented, screened and awarded throughout the US, Mexico and Europe. She was an artist in residence at the Echo Park Film Center in Los Angeles in 2016. In 2019, she was awarded a grant through the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts to make a film about sacred spaces in Los Angeles. In 2021, she returned to the RGV to continue her work as a filmmaker and archivist through the establishment of ENTRE, an artist-run community film center and regional archive. 

Andres Sanchez (@asiiiro) is a multidisciplinary artist in the Rio Grande Valley. Over the last decade, Andres’ work in the RGV has focused on bridging the gaps between genres and generations through the development of community consciousness. Andres is the graphic designer and film curator for MIRAAA Media Fest.


Andres is the founder of Universal Punk, a record label and creative services company based in McAllen, TX. Through U-Punk, Andres provides design, recording, and button-making services to the region and abroad, and also hosts Blistering Listens & Strange Sounds, Thank You (BLASST for short), a semi-regular music podcast. He has written for Texas Monthly, Neta RGV, and The Drop magazine. In 2020, his experimental short ‘Mall Greyhound’ screened at Future Traditions Fest in Austin, TX. Several of his print designs are currently exhibited at the South Texas College Library Art Gallery. He loves music and plays in several bands, but most recently debuted as a solo artist with the release of his first album, ‘Secret Stages’ in 2020. He is currently interested in expanding his knowledge of animation and growing as a colorist.

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