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Patricia Cardoso

Part-Time Lecturer

Affiliated Divisions:

Division of Film & Television Production

Work Phone: 213.740.3317

Patricia Cardoso is an award-winning director, producer, and writer. Her credits include the Sundance Audience Award-winning feature film, Real Woman Have Curves, the television movies Lies in Plain Sight and Meddling Mom, the web-series RO, and the short films The Air Globes and La Clave.

Ms. Cardoso has received several film and academic awards including a Student Academy Award for her film The Water Carrier, a Fulbright Excellence Award, the IDA Lupino Directors Guild of America Award, a Humanities Prize, and a Special Recognition Award from the Smithsonian Institute.

Formerly an archaeologist in her native Colombia, Patricia is a Fulbright Scholar, has an MFA in Film Directing from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a B.A. in Anthropology from Universidad de los Andes. As an archaeologist she found the oldest C-14 date for the Tairona culture.

Ms. Cardoso was Director of Sundance’s Latin American program for five years and Interim Director of Project Involve at Film Independent. She is an active member of the Directors Guild of America and has served in its Independent Directors Committee for twelve years. She has taught at the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California for nine years.