Denise Hernandez is a Producing Fellow at the American Film Institute Conservatory and native of San Antonio, Texas. Her narrative film portfolio tends to focus on family stories that inspire moments of change and reflection on the most important ties that bind. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of the Incarnate Word.
WILD's production will require us to work with animal wranglers to keep our feline and canine actors safe, but this-- literally--is not Denise's first rodeo. From 2011 to 2014, she helped produce commercial spots, coordinated press, and maintained budgets for the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo---one of the largest, most prestigious single events with Animals & Agriculture, which has donated $210 million to the youth of Texas for education.
Just prior to her tenure at the American Film Institute Conservatory, she worked at the Chicago Tribune as editorial coordinator, where she served as schedule czar, expense overseer, and all-around fixer for the Metro department—the newspaper’s main artery. She also produced newsroom sketches and directed a series of films documenting the careers of the newsroom’s veterans.
In the past year alone, Denise produced three short films. She is looking forward to what the coming year at AFI will bring--and to shepherding YOURS TO BURY toward a truly meaningful cinematic experience for everyone throughout the festival circuit.