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Maria Gabriela Cardenas is an award-winning director, producer, and writer from Caracas, Venezuela, currently based in Los Angeles. Her interests in the arts include painting, photography, singing, dancing, and working behind the camera.


At the age of 14, she knew she wanted to become a film director and committed to several intensive film courses in Los Angeles, California. Later, she earned a Bachelor's degree in Filmmaking and a Master's degree in Producing.


Cardenas has directed and produced a variety of music videos and short films. She spent two years preparing for her directorial debut, the psychological thriller "A Dark Foe," which garnered twenty awards, including Best Director and Best Feature Film at The Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival, and sixteen nominations. The film was distributed by Vertical Entertainment and had a limited theatrical release in the summer of 2021.


Cardenas, a devoted fan of film noir and thriller genres, co-established a film production company, Path of Thorns Entertainment, with her father. She has two other films in development that she will direct: 'The Man With the Lion Face' and 'The Bus.

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