Marilu Cristina Flores is a Cuban American filmmaker who pursued an education in film studies, art history, cultural anthropology, and marine science to better understand the fluid and rapidly changing environment around her.
Born and raised in Miami, Florida her early passion for film led her to earn a scholarship to the Miami Children’s Museum exclusive film production program which she was honored to participate in throughout high school.
With a career that now spans over two decades, she’s worked in near all aspects of film production, most recently earning two Telly Awards for her work as Producer on a mini-documentary focusing on Florida’s toxic algal bloom crisis.
In the early 2000s, she worked on a series of pioneering films that focused on Latino voices and the struggles of Latin immigrants in America. Her work has been featured in over two dozen film festivals across the United States including LALIFF, Woods Hole Film Festival, and the Miami International Film Festival.
In 2014, driven by a passion to enact change in the marine environment around her, she completed a certificate program from the University of Queensland in Tropical Coastal Ecosystem Resource Management. She has since worked with the Surfrider Foundation's grassroots activist network to engage with elected leaders, stakeholders, and others to effectively enact legislative change that benefits our oceans and its marine inhabitants.