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ABOUT VIANCA

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Vianca Fuster is a Puerto Rican documentary filmmaker and digital content producer from Milwaukee's South Side. She has directed, shot, and edited a catalogue of original documentary-style work for local and national media outlets, including 88Nine Radio Milwaukee, NBC’s TODAY Show and AJ+. 

Fuster began her career as a multimedia producer at a local non-profit radio station called 88Nine Radio Milwaukee, where she assisted in the filming and editing of web series National & North, At The Threshold, and Invisible Lines, all of which have gone on to win Milwaukee Press Club Awards. 

Fuster recently directed, produced, shot, and edited her first short documentary The Warrior Princess. The film follows Violet 'The Warrior Princess' Lopez, a 12-year-old, five-time amateur national boxing champion who believes boxing shouldn’t be labeled as just a "boys sport.” Violet is a barrier-breaking boxer looking to one day etch her name in the women's sports history books by winning a gold medal at the 2024 Olympics, becoming a professional fighter, and inspiring growth in the sport of girls amateur boxing. 

A four-minute version of the film aired on NBC’s online streaming platform TODAY All Day as part of a series called The Upside: Power of Sports following the 2020 Olympics. The full short premiered theatrically at the 2022 Milwaukee Film Festival where it won the Allan H. and Suzanne L. Selig Audience Award for Best Short Film. The film was also a recipient of the 2019 BRICO Forward Fund and was selected to be workshopped through Kartemquin Films' 2020 Diverse Voices In Documentary Fellowship in Chicago, IL.
 

AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS

The Warrior Princess:

- Milwaukee Film Focus Finder Accelerator Fellow [2021-2023]

Allan H. and Suzanne L. Selig Audience Award for Best Short Film [2022]

- Best Documentary | Women's International Film Fest [2022]

- Firelight Media Groundwork Fellow [2021]

- Kartemquin Films Diverse Voices in Doc Fellow [2020, Chicago, IL]

- BRICO Forward Fund Recipient [2019]

Milwaukee Press Club Awards: 

- 2017 Online Best Use of Multiplatform Reporting

- 2017 Online Best Local News or Feature Website

- 2016: Online Best Use of Multiplatform Reporting

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