by Tina Murray
September 2, 2017
Although beautiful enough to have become a movie actor, Claudia Murray was intelligent enough to become a screenwriter, director, and producer instead, when she first arrived in The City of Angels, not long ago.
Now directing her debut film, a theatrical short, “Gringa,” Murray could not be sitting prettier. Drawing upon her own heritage–she’s Cuban-American on her mom’s side and Southern American on her dad’s–her first film reflects the resultant emotional and intellectual duality she has experienced since her childhood in Florida, as well as her empathy with the plight of the Cuban people.
Co-written with colleague Lana Link, “Gringa” features established actors Lidia Porto, Ruben Rabasa, Jorge Emanual Berrios, and Mario Barra, with Ana Cecilia in the title role. It has been produced by The Moving Picture Institute (thempi.org), a non-profit film company which specializes in making movies about freedom.
No stranger to success, Murray is also a member of the team who won a Webby in 2017 for a political-humor site: WetheInternet.tv (Facebook.com/wethinternettv).
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