Dolissa Medina is the creator of more than a dozen short film and video works, including the award-winning “19: Victoria Texas.” The recipient of a 2010-11 Fulbright Fellowship to Berlin, Medina has screened her work internationally at festivals including Rotterdam and Oberhausen, Germany. She has exhibited at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Mexico City’s Palacio de Bellas Artes, Exit Art Gallery in New York, and the Oakland Museum of California, as well as collaborated with the San Francisco Fire Department to produce an outdoor screening of her work for the 1906 Earthquake Centennial.
Medina is a recipient of 2005 Bay Area Video Coalition Mediamaker Award and a 2005 Cultural Equity Grant from the San Francisco Arts Commission. She has also received grants from the UC-San Diego Center for the Humanities, the Russell Foundation, Pacific Pioneer Fund, Film Arts Foundation, and LEF Foundation. She has lectured at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, UC-Davis, University of San Francisco, and San Francisco State University, and has been a guest speaker at the Commonwealth Club of California. She has also served as a curator, film journalist, festival publicist, and filmmaker mentor.
In addition to her journalism major from San Francisco State University, Medina minored in History, a theme that appears in much of her work alongside explorations of memory and urban space. She is interested in the mythic dimensions of history, and often combines the two in her found footage films. Medina is currently completing an MFA degree in the Visual Arts Department at UC-San Diego. She is originally from South Texas.