Mariona Lloreta is a Mediterranean-American cultural producer, interdisciplinary artist, consultant and brand strategist working internationally in film, painting, dance and education with a life-long commitment to social and racial justice through art and narrative change.
Mariona’s work celebrates the universal thread that binds our human experience as it examines the fine line between presence and absence, wholesomeness and brokenness, past, present and future. Her work dives into themes of identity, spirituality and collective memory, while reflecting upon the beauty and vulnerability of human existence. Equity, inclusion and innovation serve as central lenses for Mariona’s practice, in her art and in her educational curriculum.
Recent projects include writing, directing and producing multidisciplinary production “Altars” which spotlighted extraordinary, local BIPOC artists in Boston and which highlighted each artist’s unique response to racial injustice in the United States. Mariona's previous film, "A lua nunca morre," which she wrote, directed and co-produced in Rio de Janeiro has so far won the Best Experimental Film Award and Best Cinematography at Oscar-Qualifying Reel Sisters in Brooklyn, NY, and has been selected by Oscar-Qualifying Edmonton International Film Festival, acclaimed New York Latino Film Festival, NALIP's Latino Media Fest, San Francisco Independent Film Festival and Miami Film Festival, among others. Prior to this, "Amenze, in between worlds," which she wrote, directed and filmed, won Best Cinematography at the Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival, received a Best International Film nomination at the BronzeLens Film Festival in Atlanta, GA, and was selected by dozens of film festivals, including Oscar-qualifying Zinebi in Bilbao, Spain. Mariona also edited award-winning feature film "The Ghost and the House of Truth" (2019) in South Africa and directed "In the absence of things," a short experimental film starring Sony Music artist Somi. She has directed and produced several documentary films, including "ReSignifications", commissioned by New York University, "Living Together," commissioned by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council in Boston and "The Lagos Music Salon" in Nigeria.
In each of these productions, Mariona has created opportunities for young, female-identifying, immigrant and BIPOC artists to take on leadership and skill-building roles. Serving as Affiliate Professor of Screenwriting at Emerson College in Boston and as instructor at creative writing agency GrubStreet, she has also facilitated free courses and fundraised to provide scholarships to students, expanding access to opportunities for them to build their artistic practice and breaking barriers of entry into the industry. Mariona sees providing young adults with the artistic platforms they need to thrive as a fundamental responsibility within her work. In her teaching, she focuses on empowered storytelling and reclaiming narratives that have historically been invisibilized or dishonored. In her classes, she prioritizes the voices of her students, offering a blueprint forward for their interests and passions. In offering accessible, inclusive and interactive practitioner courses and hiring young talent on her sets, Mariona aims to collaboratively foster the next generation of change-agents who will contribute their unique perspectives and transform our world into a more equitable, more vibrant, more just place. Her belief? It is through seeing each other, being clear about what it is that we’re trying to do and why, and feeling safe and inspired to give our best that we can achieve anything together.
As a consultant and brand strategist, Mariona seeks to support brands and institutions in expanding access for historically under-represented communities and in practicing accountability to hold up standards of equity within the platforms they provide. Recently, Mariona served as program manager to create and implement a strategy at creative writing agency GrubStreet to advance their DEI efforts and provide a more equitable ecosystem for their BIPOC community of writers, promoting cultural belonging through foundation programming adjustments, accessibility, and instructor training, for instance.
The arts have taken center stage in Mariona’s life from a very young age: growing up in Barcelona to an artistic family ignited a flame, which has grown into a steady fire. From her days in Barcelona - where art is second-nature to people and integrated throughout the architecture and day to day experience of the city - to becoming an immigrant, to supporting new artists in finding their unique voices, Mariona sees art and creativity as something that is closely tied to being human, and she understands the need for communities to have access to it as an integral part of having a quality of life, as well as its power to advance a more connected and just world.