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Marcella Ochoa is a rising filmmaker who wrote and directed a short film on Americanization, My Name is Maria de Jesus, based on her childhood growing up in Texas. The short premiered on HBO Latino and she did a national university speaking tour where she screened her film and spoke to the students on campus. LUZ Films is currently developing the feature version of this short film that she’s attached to direct. She wrote and directed the award-winning psychological thriller short film, Worry Dolls. It premiered on Crypt TV and was nominated for an IMAGEN Foundation Award for Best Short Film. She was the 2nd unit director and co-wrote the thriller, Discarnate. A social justice horror film she co-wrote, Madres, was produced by Blumhouse and premiered on Amazon as part of their ‘Welcome to the Blumhouse' series. She received an NAACP Image Award Nomination for Outstanding Writing in a TV Movie for the film. She recently wrote a supernatural thriller for Paramount Players and a thriller for Universal. She started off her career in the International Publicity department for Sony Pictures Entertainment. She eventually left to be the Head of Development for producer Harald Kloser's production company. She also worked closely with his producing partner, director Roland Emmerich, on several projects.
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