Meet the Team

Xica Media

We are a team of industry experts with a wealth of experience and technical knowledge that can help you drive your project forward. Whether you need media, film, web services, or audio/music services, we can help.

Iris Rodriguez

Laura Varela

Iris Rodriguez

Founder / Director / Producer

Iris Rodriguez is a Xicana (Tonkawa Karankawa “Coahuilteca” and Cuban) digital strategist, independent network producer, and multidisciplinary artist born and raised in her mother’s ancestral homelands in Yacatsol Dacate Yanaguana / Somi Se’k so-called San Antonio, Texas. She currently asserts her sovereignty from Mexico.
 
Her work sits at the intersection of the digital world, social / environmental justice, and the arts with specific focus on  digital resistance. She is the author of Digital Resistance 101 and founder of Xica Media networks.  She uses digital strategy, multimedia, and the arts to assert digital power towards effecting positive social change.
 
As a digital strategist and activist she works with POC and Indigenous frontline communities locally and internationally on a diverse series of environmental and social justice causes. As an Indigenous artist and independent network producer, her current projects include a series of multimedia projects (film, visual, musical, and written) through Xica Media networks.
 
She is a graduate of the (former) Center for Mexican American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She is also an alumni of the Racial Justice Communications network by the Praxis Project (National Labor College, Washington, D.C.) as well as the Inter-University Program for Latino Research (George Washington University, Washington, D.C.) 

Laura Varela

Director / Producer

Laura Varela’s work is influenced by growing up on the US/Mexico Border in El Paso, Texas.  Her work explores ideological, cultural, linguistic and physical borders through the use of film and contemporary art installations. She has received awards from the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture, Humanities Texas,and Latino Public Broadcasting’s Public Media Content Fund and ITVS.  Her installation work has exhibited at several galleries and museums including the San Antonio Museum of Art, Art Pace, The Blue Star Center for Contemporary Art, the UTSA Downtown Gallery and Luminaria SA. She is a alumni of the PBS Producer’s Academy, The NALIP Producer’s Academy,  and the University of Texas Radio TV and Film program and started her film career working on feature films, most notably Selena.