During commercial breaks in Sunday’s Oscar telecast viewers met film director Aurora Guerrero and her first feature film, “Mosquita y Mari.”

Guerrero’s independent film is a teenage love story between two Chicana best friends who grow up in Huntington Park—a South East Los Angeles neighborhood with a vibrant immigrant community. Her film relied largely on a grassroots funding campaign to raise money for production.

The film had a successful premiere at Sundance in January.

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