AMPAS ’16: Patricia Riggen

AMPAS ADDS WOMEN DIRECTORS: With our commitment to reviewing all new releases written and/or directed by women, FF2 Media now plays an important role in breaking down barriers. AMPAS invited 683 new members this year, 49 of whom are female directors. Who are they? What are their stories? We already know them, and we are here to tell you!

Patricia Riggen is a Mexican film director best known for directing the 2007 film Under the Same Moon, the 2011 Disney Channel Original Film, Lemonade Mouth, and most recently, Miracles from Heaven.

Riggen received her Master’s degree in directing and screenwriting at Columbia University, directing two short films The Cornfield and Family Portrait. Riggen’s first major film was released in 2007, Under the Same Moon and Lemonade Mouth the following year.

She has continued to direct feature films, Girl in Progress, The 33 and Miracles from Heaven.

Excerpt of FF2 Media review of The 33 from November 12, 2015:

The 33 is a story you know. But artfully told, and wonderfully acted, the film keeps you on the edge of your seat wishing for the men’s safety even though you know the final outcome. Creating that suspense is a testament to Patricia Riggen’s directing. Antonio Banderas and Juliette Binoche deliver standout performances among an already extremely strong and dynamic cast.

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Excerpt of FF2 Media review of Miracles from Heaven from March 17, 2016:

Miracles From Heaven is quick to explain that it doesn’t know the answer to why bad things happen to good people. But the Beams are walking, talking proof that sometimes people are able to live happier, more meaningful lives in spite of what happens to them. Despite what they couldn’t control, they chose to believe in something – which is a human lesson more than it is a Christian one.

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