UNDER THE SAME MOON
PATRICIA RIGGEN was born in Guadalajara, Mexico where she studied communication sciences. Her academic experience led her to an early career in journalism, working on several newspapers with national circulation. In 1996, Riggen began participating in professional workshops in script writing and dramatic writing. This experience led her to write a dozen documentary scripts for Mexican television as well as several feature screenplays. In tandem with her scriptwriting, she became the production vice chairman for shorts at the Mexican Film Institute in 1997 and 1998, a period during which she produced or co-produced over 15 short films.
She later moved to New York City, where she received her master's degree in directing and screenwriting at Columbia University. While at Columbia, she wrote, produced and directed two medium length films, THE CORNFIELD and FAMILY PORTRAIT. THE CORNFIELD, a beautiful period film shot in Mexico, won an Ariel (the Mexican equivalent of an Academy Award®) for Best Short Film, the Student Academy Award Gold Medal, the Student "Emmy" for Best Narrative, and the DGA Best Latino Director Award as well as 15 other awards in different countries. It has screened internationally on television, including on HBO in the US. Family Portrait, a documentary about poverty in Harlem featuring Gordon Parks, won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, among other awards. It is being distributed in the UK through the Independent Film Association and in the US and Canada through Direct Cinema LTD. UNDER THE SAME MOON is Patricia's first feature film.
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