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Interview with Patricia Chica, Byron A. Martin, Allie Light and Julia Hilder

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Patricia Chica is a 50-time award-winning film and television director, producer, writer and editor who specializes in world-class productions in the genre of psychological dramas, thrillers, and edgy documentaries. Since the beginning of her career in the 1990's, Patricia has directed, produced, and/or edited over 60 hours of programming aimed at the international film and television markets, including content for Sony, Showtime, National Geographic, Discovery Channel, Oxygen, Animal Planet, Showcase, CBC, ARTV, and Bravo! Canada just to name a few.

Patricia Chica was born in San Salvador, the capital of El Salvador, in the seventies from middle class parents; a mother of Italian descent and a Salvadorian father. She is the oldest of four children. Because of the civil war that struck in El Salvador in the early eighties, on January 24th, 1981, Patricia and her family fled death squads for the safety of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. She became a naturalized Canadian citizen in 1985.

In 1996, she graduated (Cum Laude) from the Film Production department at Concordia University. Right after graduation, Patricia won a grant from the OFQJ to go do her professional internship at Ellabel Productions in Paris where she learned fiction cinema production in the French system. This was followed by another grant given by the Montreal Women in Film Association (FCTVM) to learn documentary cinema directing at the National Film Board of Canada.

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