Trina Calderón is a Los Angeles TV / filmmaker and journalist. A graduate of Cal State University Northridge’s film program, she co-wrote the feature film Down For Life (aka Por Vida) which received critical acclaim at TIFF and LALIFF. In the early days of reality TV, she learned to produce on many HGTV shows working with Authentic Entertainment and Pie Town Productions. At G4tv network, she helped produce X-Play, G4Underground, and Web Soup, which often involved shooting live at events like E3 and SDCC when nerd comedy found a resurgence and social media pioneered on television. After collaborating as the co-executive producer on The Nerdist TV show on BBCAmerica, Trina wrote the 2014 NCLR Alma Awards for MSNBC and recently, the 2018 Gracie Gala Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media. She contributes art and culture writing to a variety of print and digital media, and writes short stories, essays, and screenplays. Working in the fine art world, she researched and wrote progressive museum and gallery exhibits, including the groundbreaking exhibit PUMP ME UP: DC Subcultures of the 1980’s at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. She helped write and produce Wall Writers, a large documentary film and book project about the American pioneers of graffiti dating back to the late 1960’s. Committed to a creative journey as a storyteller aware of her strong female and Latinx perspective, Trina aims to add a voice where mainstream media does not.
She spends her free time volunteering as a UC Master Gardener, which means she is certified to teach organic gardening in the county of Los Angeles. Though she didn't write this article, it gives some good reasons Why Growing Food is The Single Most Impactful Thing You Can Do in a Corrupt Political System.