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Making Lola – A Short Film That Speaks To Every Plus Size Woman

Lola, a short film by Ana Lydia Monaco, tells a story that’s all too familiar for many.

Lola is a plus size woman of color. Sadly, no one believed her including a close friend, boyfriend, and care provider when having a medical crisis.

That is to say, everyone only focuses on her weight.

Listen as writer and director Ana Lydia Monaco and lead actor Marlene Luna share the behind-the-scenes story of making Lola.

Lola A Short Film

Making Lola

Recording & Show Notes: Plus Mommy Podcast Episode 138

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Ana Lydia Monaco

Award-Winning Filmmaker Ana Lydia Monaco is a former PR pro focused on writing, directing, and producing content that will make audiences laugh, cry, think, and see the world differently.

She has written, produced and directed short films that tackle social issues and represent the diversity of the world, including KENNY, FALLING OUT and the Award-Winning Short Film MEETING BROWN. She has also written, directed and produced films for The Smithsonian and Nissan.

Ana Lydia is married, has a four-legged daughter “Maya Candice” and lives in West Los Angeles. Connect with her via her websiteTwitter, and Instagram.

Marlene Luna

Marlene Luna

Marlene Luna is an actor and writer from South Gate, CA. She started her career in improv and sketch comedy before landing a lead role in the Casa 0101 stage production of Miss East LA.

She has since worked on productions at Teatro Frida Kahlo, The Gary Marshall Theater and The Marilyn Monroe Theater where she had the lead role in the Audience Choice award winning play, Apa’s Girl at the Hollywood Short+Sweet Festival (HSSF). HSSF provided the first fateful meeting between she and award winning filmmaker, Ana Lydia Monaco, who cast her in her first lead role in a film, Lola.

Marlene was most recently cast in a national commercial for Folgers Coffee. She is an avid roller skater, community activist and proud wife and mother of 2 awesome little girls.

Connect with Marlene via her siteTwitter, and Instagram.

Ana Lydia Monaco and Marlene Luna

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Thank you SO MUCH for being such a champion of #lolasjourney !!


Sunday 7th of March 2021

You're amazing!