Connie Chavez is a Peruvian-born, multifaceted visual storyteller from Queens, New York. She is a self-taught photographer, filmmaker and editor with a passion for social justice, storytelling and spirituality.  Chavez started her career when she created her first company, Hip Hop Zombies. HHZ was an underground Hip-Hop website dedicated to showcasing the most lyrical undiscovered artists and telling their story via an intimate interview. HHZ joined forces with Daily Motion as their exclusive content partner and began working with brands such as Hot 97, Power 105.1, ThisIs50, Pro Era Crew and Jack Thriller. After having worked in the Hip-Hop industry for a few years she discovered her passion for storytelling and decided to pursue filmmaking. Chavez fell in love with the art of cinematography and ultimately decided to create a production company, Connie Chavez Films. Since then, she has directed, executive produced, shot and edited various video series, photoshoots, short films, music videos and documentaries for companies such as MiTu, Tidal, Goya Foods, StarFish and Rockstar Games to name a few. In 2015 she became the video production manager for Latina Magazine. Chavez had the privilege of interviewing celebrities, cultural icons and thought leaders from around the world, such as Melissa Mark Viverito, Eva Longoria, America Ferrara, Carmen Perez, Gina Rodriguez, Iris Chacon, Carmen Carrera, the cast of OITNB, Roselyn Sanchez, Kehlani and many many more. While working in media she began to notice the discrepancies in representation and injustices plaguing her community, which ultimately led her down the path of visual activism. Since then, she has centered her career on highlighting women of color and social justice movements. Some of her recent work includes:
WOMEN LEADING CHANGE: A documentary shot entirely in Guatemala about how indigenous Maya women are reclaiming their power through education. This short film was done in collaboration with the organization Star Fish One By One and was nominated for an award at the Official Latino Short Film Festival in 2017.
ELEPHANT: A choreo-film against street harassment that was created as a call-to-action for victims, predominantly women, to stand against their harassers. Since it’s release, Elephant has gone viral and been featured in various news outlets such as AJ+, NBC, AfroPunk, NowThisHer, Fierce by Mitu and many, many more. Chavez and her team were personally invited to LA to perform this video and be the opening act for The Amber Rose’s Slut Walk. Elephant also won first place in the legendary Button Poetry video contest and was nominated for an award at The Outlet Dance Project Film Festival in 2018.
UNAPOLOGETICALLY PERUVIAN: A short micro-doc on the immigration story of Chavez and her family. Chavez was 1 of 5 people in the U.S. to be selected as a storyteller by Upworthy and to speak on her personal experiences with racism and immigration.
BRUJA AND BLESSED: A live video series where each week Chavez sat down with a celebrated spiritual practitioner to discuss the intersection of culture and spirituality, in an effort to demystify, educate and empower her community.
Currently, she is a full-time freelance filmmaker/photographer and working on her latest project that will center the stories and voices of underprivileged communities through education. Follow her on social media @connayconz