Eastside Punks #21 / Producer, Storyteller Trina Bardusco Interview
Trina Bardusco is an American-Venezuelan producer and director with fifteen years’ experience translating global culture into award-winning content for American audiences. She is passionate about innovative storytelling, championing multiculturalism and aspirational content for women. Trina has written, directed, produced and or co-hosted a total of nine web series for and about women in both English and Spanish, including 500+ videos for Yahoo en Español that were sponsored by Procter & Gamble. An experienced bilingual brand liaison for agencies, and show sponsors, she understands the art of authentic contextual integration into US Hispanic and global programs.
She also co-pioneered HBO Latino’s original, award winning documentary series, Habla, that for over a decade has given a platform to Latinx living in the U.S. whose stories might otherwise not be heard. Once a year, as a feature length documentary consisting of multiple interviews and community portraits, Latinxs from all walks of life, including dozens of celebrities, share their personal stories, reaching beyond the Latinx community to build bridges of understanding. Trina was a member of the White House Entertainment Consortium Collaborative Outreach Program under President Barack Obama.
Trina is honored to be in Free the Bid: an initiative advocating on behalf of women directors for equal opportunities to bid on commercial jobs in the global advertising industry. In addition to her commercial work, Going Solo, a documentary series she created about travel for transformation, incubated as part of a 2017 yearlong fellowship at the Made in New York Media Center at the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP).
She was the executive producer for the launch of Viva Voz, a nightly current affairs program for V-me, the first-ever national Spanish-language television network presented by public television stations, which reaches more than 70 million U.S. households. Trina created the first 140+ in studio installments, featuring high caliber Latinx guests in politics, entertainment and the arts. This included seven, hour-long community portraits shot on location about the Latinx experience in the U.S.
Trina began her career as a Fulbright Scholar of ethnomusicology in Spain in 1999 for her project, "Flamenco's Duende and Deep Song.” She soon traded the library for one of the first, readily available DV digital cameras, and started documenting gypsy flamenco singer, Luis Agujeta. This lead to her debut documentary, I'm the Tourist, distributed internationally and featured on HBO Latino. A proud alumna of Hunter College in New York City where she received a B.A. in Creative Writing and Spanish Literature, she graduated at the top of her class as a Phi Beta Kappa.