Aurora M. Aguero
At the age of 15, Aurora became one of the first young people admitted into the South Florida Performing and Visual Arts Center, which later became New World School of the Arts. She began her artistic endeavors as a painter receiving a Hallmark Award and two gold keys in The Scholastic Art & Writing Award of 1987.
Later, Aurora received her BFA majoring in Fine Arts at the University of California at Berkeley. There she discovered photography while working in a Plant Pathology laboratory. Several of her photographs were published in numerous scientific journals, and one of her photographs of the Counting Crows was published inRolling Stone Magazine in 1994.
In 1995, she attended New York University’s acclaimed Master’s Program in Film & Television. Aurora received an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Production award as Writer/ Director for her script, Winnemucca Jones. She received two Warner Brother’s Post-Production grants as Writer/ Director/ Cinematographer for her short films, Rayne and Crawling with Love. She has been nominated both for a Director’s Guild Award for her short documentary, The Mansion, and an Eastman Kodak Scholarship in cinematography for her short film, Ozone. Also as Writer/ Director, three of Aurora’s feature screenplays have made it into the final round of the Sundance Feature Film Program: Dia in 2001, as well as 234 Divis and Punk Rock Bingo, both in 2003. In 2002 Aurora was one of the first members of the ABC’s New Talent Development Program.