Mary Evangelista is a filmmaker born in the Philippines and raised in California's Bay Area. Mary received an MFA from NYU Tisch for Writing and Directing. Their short film, FRAN THIS SUMMER, is an LGBTQ summer love story that has screened in over 30 festivals, including the Sundance Film Festival. Mary co-created WATER MELTS, a Tribeca Film Institute and Google-supported VR rom-com which premiered at Tribeca Film Festival and played Rotterdam. A Film Independent Project Involve Fellow with Film Independent where they directed the short LA GLORIA. Mary’s debut feature film, BURNING WELL, received a 2020 Tribeca All Access grant and was part of the 2019 Sundance Talent Forum.