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The Makers

Work by these filmmakers will be screened at this year's Yoni Fest. 

Eileen Abarrca & Jordan Auten


EILEEN ABARRCA (WRITER/DIRECTOR): Eileen grew up in San Francisco and migrated to L.A to pursue a degree in Philosophy from UCLA. After graduating with honors, she traded her books on Aristotle for books on Stanislavski and headed to New York where she received her M.F.A in acting from the The Actors Studio. Eileen now proudly holds lifetime membership at The Actors Studio and continues to work as an actress in the theatre, in film, and in television. A native Spanish speaker and dual citizen of the U.S and Argentina, Eileen made her directorial debut with the award-winning political documentary she penned, entitled Finding Mabel, about Argentina's 30,000 Desaparecidos. She resides in sunny Santa Monica with her husband Garrett and their baby boy Emmett. 

 All Female Crew on GRIT

All Female Crew on GRIT

JORDAN AUTEN (PRODUCER/DIRECTOR): A Las Vegas native and competitive junior golfer, Jordan earned a golf scholarship to the University of San Francisco during undergrad. As a media studies major, she won the Gloria Osuna Perez Award for her short film entitled, ‘Civil Rights Still Lives’. ‘A Triggered Thought’ was selected as a finalist by judges, Angela Bassett, Michelle Rodriguez, and Sofia Coppola for 2003 SEVENTEEN MAGAZINE/Montage Entertainment Film Contest. Accepted into UCLA’s MFA directing program in 2006, Jordan completed several award winning short films. She’s a 2007 recipient of the Motion Picture of America Award and a 2009 recipient of the Wasserman Award for Film. In her 2nd year at UCLA, she served as Festival Coordinator for UCLA Festival of Creative Work. Post grad school, she’s an award winning filmmaker, and produced an audience favorite and Independent Spirit Award nominee, entitled MAMITAS. She’s currently producing television shows for A&E, while directing commercials for brands such as Dove, Neutrogena, Axe, and Eco Tools. 

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Frankie Flores, a feisty and fiercely independent single woman nearing forty, has recently learned from her doctor that, due to a long-standing infertility issue, she has a very small window to conceive a child. Motherhood is suddenly a matter of now-or-never. Further research reveals that the traditional fertility treatment routes are not a fit for Frankie's circumstances. Never one to give up or follow the herd, Frankie decides to attack this challenge as only she can - with pure, unadulterated grit.

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McKenna Stephens