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Cris Romento

County: Clark County




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Cris Romento is a first-generation Mexican, Hawaiian and Filipina Filmmaker and Editor. Her production company, Big Aloha Pictures, focuses on celebrating narratives of people of color, all love, women, and Native culture. Before working on her own productions, Cris lived overseas working as one of the only female filmmakers in Saudi Arabia, documenting the growing startup culture in the Middle East.

Previous jobs include Art Director, promoting entertainment TV, and editing reality shows. Cris’ unorthodox path help her blend a cinematically-rich style with a passion to engage viewers from all walks of life. Originally from Hawaii and the Pacific Northwest, her multi-racial, immigrant family experience brings a sense of belonging and connection to her stories.

Cris’ first short narrative, “someone I used to know,” premiered at Local Sightings Film Festival in Seattle, and is currently on the festival run for 2022. She is currently in pre-production for two documentaries. The first will illuminate the essence of “aloha,” and what it means to people around the world. The second, NOT YOUR VEGAN, follows BIPOC chefs igniting a renaissance in plant-based eating, and bringing better food accessibility to inner cities.

In between work, she also teaches video editing and facilitates media workshops for non-profits creating opportunities for BIPOC and marginalized filmmakers.

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