Lisa Diaz
 

"I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples."

-Mother Teresa

 
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My MISSION as a Storyteller

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I love that quote above from Mother Teresa, it’s how I think about my work as a filmmaker. The short stories, documentaries and films that I’m a part of should have purpose and be about people that matter. If I’m going to spend most of my time on earth working, it has to be worth it.

I believe God has given me the talents and ability to tell stories through film that will impact the world. Everything I do, I do for His glory.



My STORY

Hi! I'm Lisa, and I’m a missionary kid who was born and raised in Spain. I moved to the US after I graduated High School to attend college, where I studied film. During that time I met my Dominican husband, Franquelis (Frank).

I’ve always had this struggle with today’s culture and what’s supposed to be this work/life balance. I never wanted my work to just be a job, especially since you end up spending most of your life working! So if I’m going to spend most of my time on a “job”, it has to be worth it - and that’s why I needed to find my passion.

If I’m going to spend most of my time on a “job,” it has to be worth it

After getting my film degree I bounced a bit from job to job and just kept hitting walls. I knew I had so much passion and drive in me, so much talent to give, but I felt like I was not able to live my potential, and wound up feeling unfulfilled and burnt out.

Until I got an opportunity to film in Ethiopia. I was still at my full time job working at a mega church, but got this chance to film some stories for a nonprofit who sponsors kids all over the world. I took this project and poured my heart and soul into it- I was telling stories of these beautiful girls who’s lives were changed because of this nonprofit, and the purpose of the film was to encourage people to sponsor kids.

It turned out beautifully, but that wasn’t even the best part about it. The BEST part, is when I witnessed the showing of the film.

The film was shown at a large women’s conference and I remember being in the back of the auditorium watching people watch the film. When it finished, a couple hosts came on stage to talk about the organization and encourage people to take sponsorship packets. The hosts barely started talking before hands started going up all over the room to sponsor kids. One after another I watched HUNDREDS of hands going up. I got chills and started crying. THIS was the direct impact of that little film I created. THIS was the power of story. That little film got hundreds of kids sponsored.

One little film can create many ripples.

It was in that moment I knew I wanted to do this the rest of my life. I want to make films that matter, that make an impact, that bring change. They ran out of sponsorship packets that year, and that had never happened in years prior.

One little film can create many ripples. And that’s what I’m going to do.

If you want to see the Ethiopia film I was referring to, it’s second on the “FILMS” page, called “One Child Matters Documentary.”