In this comedy, cheeky Esmeralda yearns to be a make-up artist, maybe even at crazy bestie Rose’s salon. However, she risks disappointing her loving parents by killing the Lara family's 100-year-old baking legacy. Feeling threatened by Esmi's career choice, her father Silvano confronts her, but ends up alienating her. Esmi becomes more determined when she meets a cute computer engineer. If only her old archenemy would quit reminding her of the pounds she lost since high school...

Written by D.A. Keenan and Maria Victoria Ponce, Directed by Maria Victoria Ponce


Mago, a part-time loner Mexican American girl, has her first unrequited crush on Anthony, in spite of her racist father hating him for simply being African-American. When she finds out her otherwise obedient older sister Maribel is involved with Anthony, Mago’s world unravels.


A Bay Area native, she grew up in Richmond, California, the middle kid of a family of seven. She enjoy all aspects of filmmaking, from the technical details of camera, lighting, and sound to the creative aspects of writing and directing. But storytelling is her true passion, whether in documentary or fiction narrative styles. While at it, she tends to share stories of the communities and characters she grew up with. She also feels life is enriched by learning about our diverse world through travel and meeting others with both similar and disparate backgrounds.

Maria Victoria wrote and directed the shorts “Chuy” and “Mago,” the latter an official selection of the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival, New York International Latino Film Festival, Cine+Mas SF / San Francisco Latino Film Festival, and Los Angeles Women's International Film Festival. She also directed and produced the documentary “Engage Her.” Her producer credits include the independent features “Torn” and “Us.” Her latest projects consist of writing “AquaNet” and developing a second script, “Mesquite.”