Writer/Director: "Candlelight" - Short Doc


Four months after the historically devastating Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, only half of the island has power back. The short documentary “Candlelight” is a journey through the storm’s aftermath and the events that changed Puerto Rico forever. It’s a heartfelt tribute to the resilience of the Puerto Rican people. "Candlelight" screened at a private event during the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

A Film by Verónica Ortiz-Calderón

Executive Producers
Cassian Elwes
Alison Emilio Kleckner
Lynette Howell Taylor
Christine Vachon

Starring Catherine Mercado

Music by René G. Boscio

Production Manager
Gilberto David Vázquez Gómez

Director of Photography
Javier Enrique Delgado Ruiz

Camera Assistant
Luis Enrique

Producer: "Selma y Kimono" - Short Film

Selma y Kimono

Selma and Kimono shows the relationship between the rebellious teenager Selma and Andrea 'Kimono'  known locally for her all girl punk band 'Kimono y Las Poderosas'. This story is a proof of concept for the developing feature length film "Club del Desvelo" that'll feature the vibrant Puerto Rican alternative music scene.

Director: Bryan Atticus

Photography: Paola Reyes

Starring Lilu Lleras as Kimono, and Geraldine Rodriguez as Selma

Writer/Creator: "Kepler" - Web Series

Tycho Twelve's "Kepler" is a web series created during the Spring 2016 semester at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. In the not-so-distant future, a group of humans have found a way to the planet Kepler, a planet eerily similar to Earth. With just a few generations removed from the initial landing on the planet, the earthling population has been decimated by genocide carried out by the highly-developed Kossan species native to Kepler. In a story rich in themes surrounding diversity and the complexity of human nature, the humans attempt to leave the unforgiving planet in search of a way back home to Earth. 

Worked on conceiving the show's concept, lore, characters, and main story line, but left the show once it went into production.

Showrunner: Verónica Ortiz-Calderón
Directors: Pat Munnia, David Soberman, Losa Meru
Executive Producer: Caroline Soss  

Writer/Director: "And They Will Gouge Out Your Eyes" - Short Film

"And They Will Gouge Out Your Eyes" follows a young woman who lives a double life: an unassuming girl during the day and a seductive web cam girl at night. The short film was created as part of the Reneé Crown Honors Program's capstone requirement.

Writer and Director: Verónica Ortiz-Calderón and Ricardo Varona  
DP: Prashanth Sampathkumaran and Javier Enrique                                                                 

Writer/Director: "Ashtanga" - Short Film (Post-production)

A dysfunctional taxi driver finally meets her match in a neurotic businessman that has just been dumped. 

This short film was created as part of Delta Kappa Alpha's Omicron chapter's internal productions. Delta Kappa Alpha is a co-educational professional cinematic fraternity. The mission of Delta Kappa Alpha is to foster lifelong character, collaborative and creative storytelling, ethical and productive business practices, philanthropic action, and fraternal bonds by and between students of the cinematic arts. 

Director of Photography: "V kvartě žestě / Official Music Video" - Music Video

Music video created for the Martina Trchová Trio.

Directed by Iara Rogers Benchoam 
Produced by Ali Koskoris

Director: "House Taken Over" - Student Film 

"House Taken Over" is an homage to Julio Cortázar's classic magical realism short story "Casa Tomada". The short film mixed Latin American influences with the historic Barnes Hiscock mansion in downtown Syracuse, NY. The film was created as part of the Newhouse School's TRF 400 Directing Course. 

Dir: Verónica Ortiz-Calderón
DP: Prashanth Sampathkumaran
Producer: Whitney Marin
Gaffer: Serge Stambolyan
Sound recording and design: Frances Huang
Sound mixing: Claire Dunderman 

Catherine Giddings as "Irene"
Julian Garnik as "Juan"

Director/Actress: "And You Don't Like Yourself Anymore" - Short Film (2min)

"And You Don't Like Yourself Anymore" follows a young woman as she depicts her struggles with mental illness. The short film won the inaugural Horizon Award for young female directors and was screened at the Horizon Award reception as part of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. "And You Don't Like Yourself Anymore" also won "Best Emerging Director" at the 10th Sunscreen Film Festival in St. Petersburg, Fl. The short film was featured as part of the Filmmaker's Showcase at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.

Directed/Written by: Verónica Ortiz-Calderón                                                                                         Photography by: Serge Stambolyan

Co-Videographer/Director: "Stray in Bombay" - Short Documentary (6min)

This short documentary was created during the Syracuse University Study Abroad Bollywood Practicum in Mumbai, India for the  NGO Welfare of Stray Dogs. / Este corto documental fue creado como parte del programa de estudios en el extranjero de la Universidad de Syracuse en Mumbai, India para la ONG Welfare of Stray Dogs

Documentary team: Sarah Grabman, Nate Carlson, Aaron Goldsmith, Tyler Limpert, and Verónica Ortiz-Calerón

Actress/Producer: "El cero maya" - Web Series

"El cero maya" was an post-apocalyptic Puerto Rican web series created during our last year in high school in 2012.

Written/Directed by: Ricardo Varona

Produced by Verónica Ortiz-Calderón