Inspiring Filmmaker: 2013

Sharon Arteaga

“This film was actually a Mother’s Day present for my mom. It is funny how the initiative she always exemplified gave me a good foundation for being an independent filmmaker. Her resourcefulness and ambition inspired me to complete the films I have made up to this point.”

Sharon Arteaga
When I Grow Up
Sharon Arteaga

When Sharon Arteaga turned fifteen, she convinced her parents that a video camera was a better investment than the Quinceanera they wanted her to have. She received her bachelors in film from the University of Texas at Austin.

Her producing debut, Duplex, won the Shorts Competition at the Binational Film Festival in El Paso, Texas, and her Undergraduate Thesis, hands. was a finalist in New York's Faith Film Festival. When I Grow Up won the 2010 Texas Archive of the Moving Image award at Cine Las Americas.

Sharon is in pre-production for her next short, "Plane Pretend," a story about a little girl's first flight into a new country. She is excited to work with "When I Grow Up" cast Marita De La Torre, once again.

FILM: When I Grow Up

When I Grow Up

Letty dreams of not one, but several taco trucks, so she can stop working at the restaurant and better provide for herself and daughter. But Michaela hates helping mom sell tacos every morning before school. Driving past a wasteland of refineries in Corpus Christi, Texas, they both find hurt and hope during one of their morning routines.

  • Winner of the Audience Award: 2011 South by Southwest Reel Women Showcase
  • Winner of TAMI Award (Texas Archive of the Moving Image) at Cine Las Americas in Austin, Texas
Past Screenings:
  • National Association of Latino Independent Producers Conference
  • MALI Women’s Film & Performance Arts Conference
  • Napa Valley International Film Festival