Shawna Baca

Shawna Baca

Director, Screenwriter and Producer

Los Angeles City Center, Los Angeles County, California

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About Shawna

Shawna Baca is an award-winning filmmaker. She was selected by Steven Spielberg and Mark Burnett from more than 20,000 filmmakers to be part of his 2007 FOX reality show, ON THE LOT on the basis of her short film "Isabel." She is the only Indigenous and Chicana filmmaker that made it to the top 30.

In 2008, Shawna received a “Mujeres Destacadas” award by La Opinion newspaper and the City of Los Angeles. She was also honored at the 2008 Latina Symposium (Washington D.C.) with an award and recognition for being a “Latina Entrepreneur.”

Shawna has participated in Film Independent’s: Project Involve in the Director’s track, as well as the ABC/Disney IMPACT Workshop in the Director’s track, the Fox Diversity Writer’s Initiative, CBS Director’s Initiative, Producer’s Guild Diversity Workshop (Episodic Track), and has directing for the Writer’s Guild and NBC diversity showcases.

She produced a feature documentary, “Laserium: Masters of Light,” that has just been completed and currently in development on an feature screenplay, “R Loves J.” For television, she is one part of a writing duo with a past fellow Fox Diversity Writing Program as of late 2018, and they've ink'd two spec pilots, "Curandera," and "Watchers." Shawna was raised by her Apache/Yaqui grandmother who introduced her to a cultural world of spirituality. When she was 21, she developed agoraphobia, which led to her not leaving her house for a year. Her mother thought that Western medicine failed her and took her to the Pala Indian Reservation where she was cured by a Medicine Man in a sweatldoge ceremony, which led to her working with the Medicine Man for three years. Thus, exploring the unknot. Dustin is an atheist so together, we make for a perfect blend of a Scully-Mulder duo. Curandera made the quarterfinalist list in the 2019 Script Pipeline TV Writing Competition which made the top 2% out of 2500 spec pilots.

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