Creation Sequence
Patricia Riggen
Patricia Riggen is known as America’s number one female Latinx director, a filmmaker who showcases the humanity behind every character in a story, no matter the genre, scope, or medium. After a series of successful film projects, Riggen recently ventured into directing for television with equal success. Her most recent TV work can be seen in Hulu’s limited series Dopesick, which she directed alongside Barry Levinson and Danny Strong. Dopesick has garnered innumerable awards and nominations, including the Golden Globe and SAG awards for best actor for Michael Keaton. It is considered one of the best television dramas this year. She also recently directed episodes for the critically acclaimed Apple TV’s anthology series Little America and the Hulu Series “Saint X”, to be released in 2023. Patricia directed the pilot Episodes for Fox’s Proven Innocent, CBS’s Surveillance and Blumhouse’s Run For Your Life, each one tackling a different genre. She also directed three episodes in the first season of the acclaimed Amazon Studios action series Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, starring John Krasinski. Riggen directed Jennifer Garner in the film Miracles from Heaven. Sony Studios released the film in 2016. It earned $73 million at the box office, making her one of a handful of Latinx directors with a box office hit in the US. In 2015, Riggen released the all-star cast The 33, starring Antonio Banderas and Juliette Binoche. The film followed the true story of the 33 Chilean miners who were trapped underground in a mine for 69 days. The 33 became an instant classic among Latin American audiences. Prior to these releases, Riggen directed the iconic Disney channel musical movie Lemonade Mouth. This heartwarming story won over audiences and quickly became a fan favorite, garnering 12.5 million viewers in its first two airings. For her work on the project, Riggen received a DGA Award nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children’s Programs. Almost ten years after its first broadcast, Lemonade Mouth has a cult following with kids and teens to this day. After Lemonade Mouth, Riggen directed Eva Mendes in the coming-of-age comedy Girl in Progress, which was Lionsgate/Pantelion’s first production in their joint Latin-content oriented studio. Under the Same Moon (La Misma Luna), Riggen’s first full-length feature, which she also produced, premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, where it was quickly acquired for worldwide distribution by Fox Searchlight and The Weinstein Company. It opened to weekend-record numbers for a Spanish language film. Under the Same Moon marked the second time that Sundance chose to highlight Riggens’ work. Her documentary short, Family Portrait, premiered in competition at the 2015 festival and took home the Jury Prize in Short Filmmaking. Her first short film, La Milpa, received 20 international awards, including the Student Academy Award. Riggen began her career as a writer for television documentaries and as executive director for the Mexican Film institute. She earned a master’s degree in Directing at Columbia University. Born in Mexico, Riggen now lives with her family in Los Angeles.