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Karina Lomelin Ripper is a Mexican-American writer and director who splits her time between Los Angeles, California, and Portland, Oregon. Her films often center on Latina/e characters, subverting expectations and taking audiences on captivating journeys. With a background in associate producing for National Geographic WILD, The Discovery Channel, and feature documentaries for HBO and A&E Films, Karina's production experience spans independent films, documentaries, and commercials. She was accepted into the Venice Biennale Cinema Workshop in 2017 as the producer on the feature film "Clementine." As a director, Karina's most recent short film "Chispa," supported by Fujifilm, will premiere at festivals in 2024. Her previous short, "Superfan" (co-writer/co-director), premiered at the Atlanta Film Festival in 2022 and was listed as one of No Budge’s top films of the year in 2023. Her documentary short "Visions" screened at numerous festivals, winning Best Documentary Short at the Official Latino Film Festival in 2022. In 2020, her short documentary "La Tienda" received a Vimeo Staff Pick and aired on PBS as part of The Latino Experience. In 2021, she was awarded a spot at the Eastern Oregon Filmmaker Residency to develop her first feature screenplay. As a recipient of the 2023 Tell Your Story Oregon Creative Foundation Grant, she is developing a feature script based on her short film "Chispa." Karina is honored to be in the AFI DWW+ Class of 2025.

Karina Ripper


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