Xochitl Gonzalez received her MFA in Directing from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, where she was an Edie and Lew Wasserman Fellow. She is a recipient of the Emerging Latina Filmmaker Grant from Women in Film/General Motors. Her television pilot, The VA Spa, has been optioned by FOX Studios as part of their FOX Diversity Writers Initiative. Her feature script, The (Mostly) True Story of the Crazy, Fu@ked up Sh^t I Did at Uni High, was a finalist for Tribeca All Access and was selected to participate in the FIND Screenwriters Lab. She has shadowed director Jesús Treviño on episodes of Bones and Crossing Jordan. She was recently a finalist for the HBO/DGA Directing Fellowship.
She has written and directed many short films and documentaries, including two award-winning narrative shorts, Countdown and Stuck, both shot on 35mm. Her films have been accorded an Edie and Lew Wasserman Film Production Grant, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Award, a Clifton Webb Award and three UC Regent Awards. Her films have screened on KCET's Fine Cut series and at film festivals across the country, including Film Independent P:I Showcase, Newport Beach Film Festival, San Diego Film Festival, Sidewalk Moving Pictures Film Festival and the LA International Short Film Festival.
She was a consultant and assistant editor on a documentary,
Harvest of Loneliness: The Bracero Program,
that connects the recent debate about the guest worker program with the history of the Bracero Program where hundreds of
thousands of Mexican workers were recruited to labor in U.S. agriculture and railroads during and after WWII.
Harvest of Loneliness was awarded the CineLatino Audience Choice Award at the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival.
Xochitl Gonzalez is currently in post production on the first season of a web series, BedRest, that she co-wrote and directed. Also in production is the pilot of a new web series, Dr. Kevin, that she adapted from her television pilot of the same name.