Patricia Riggen is a Mexico-born film director. She graduated from Columbia University with a masterâ€™s degree in film direction, and has produced commercials, documentaries and short films for the Mexican Film Institute.
In 2002 Riggen directed La Milpa (The Cornfield), a Spanish-language short fiction film that centers on a grandmother recounting her youthful lost love during the days of Pancho Villa. The film won 19 awards, including a Mexican Academy Award, the Student Academy Awards Gold Medal for narrative, and the Best Latino Student Filmmaker Award from the Director's Guild of America. La Milpa was shown at more than 30 international film festivals, including Palm Springs and Sao Paulo.
The next short Riggen directed, Family Portrait (2004), won the Aspen Short Film Festivalâ€™s award for best documentary film, along with the Jury Prize in Short Filmmaking at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. The documentary told the story of the surviving members of the Fontenelle family, a disenfranchised African American clan of twelve that were profiled by Life magazine in the late 1960s.
Riggenâ€™s most recent directorial offering is her first feature film La Misma Luna (The Same Moon). La Misma Lunaâ€™s narrative concerns a young boy whose grandmother dies, forcing him on a journey to cross the U.S./Mexico border to find his illegal immigrant mother.