Tribeca IF/Then Shorts Pitch Winner!

I'm so grateful to Tribeca Film InstituteBig Sky Documentary Film Festival, and the incredible jurors for supporting emerging filmmakers and selecting my project at Tribeca's American West IF/Then Shorts Pitch. I'm honored for your support and eager to share the story of this amazing group of first-generation Immigration lawyers who strive to help immigrants obtain safety and status. Thank you!


Vimeo Staff Pick Premiere for ROOM 140!

I’m honored to announce that ROOM 140 is was selected as a Vimeo Staff Pick Premiere.

I’m so grateful to the individuals who shared their stories, to all the people who helped me make this film, for the opportunity to screen this film at festivals with other films related to immigration, and for the people I have met on this journey. Thank you for your support.

The film is now available online at this link:

Vimeo Staff Pick
Vimeo Staff Pick

NewFilmmakers Los Angeles DocuSlate - Dec. 1, 2018

So excited to be a part of the upcoming NewFilmmakers Los Angeles DocuSlate program!


Sat, December 1, 2018

9:30 AM – 11:30 PM PST


South Park Center

1139 Hill Street

Los Angeles, CA 90015


NewFilmmakers Los Angeles (NFMLA) DocuSlate program returns with a line-up featuring a strong focus on humanity in the face of adversity: perseverance, fighting for a cause, offering support in times of need, and building a better world in ways great and small for oneself and those around us.

Join us for a day of seven documentary programs that span the globe.

The day begins with shorts program Giving Care, a collection of stories about caregiving and working to improve the lives of others. We meet a pastor offering housing to immigrants recently released from detention, three siblings creating structure and support for one another during the absence of their mother, an unconventional couple trying to do right by one another, a death doula offering meaningful end of life care, and a group of women working to take the stigma out of menstruation in India.

(more information at the link below)

10:00am - 11:15am – Program #1 – Shorts Program: Giving Care
• Room 140 – Dir. Priscilla Gonzalez Sainz
• When Mother Goes to Work – Dir. Azar Kafaei
• Monamour, Monami – Dir. Adriano Valerio
• Holding Space – Dir. Rebecca Kenyon
• Period. End of Sentence – Dir. Rayka Zehtabchi


Honored to return to New Orleans Film Festival with ROOM 140

Last year I had the honor of screening “Película de mi padre” at New Orleans Film Festival. NOFF and New Orleans Film Society put on such an incredible event that celebrates film, filmmakers, and the NOLA community. I fell in love with the city and made lifelong friends. Thank you NOFF for including my work in this year’s lineup.

Documentary Shorts - Divide

A Night in the Garden
USA | 2017 | 7 MIN
DIR: Marshall Curry

In 1939, New York’s Madison Square Garden was host to an enormous—and shocking—gathering of 22,000 Americans that has largely been forgotten from our history.

Homeland (Heimat)
BELGIUM | 2016 | 14 MIN
DIR: Sam Peeters

An ironic caricature of life in the Flemish suburbs, this film reflects the current European zeitgeist, where right-wing populism is spreading like wildfire, most popularly in quiet, white neighborhoods where people are shielded from different cultures and lifestyles.


Germany, New Zealand | 2018 | 29 MIN
DIR: Elliott McKee

Ebrahim, an 18-year-old Syrian refugee, lives a life of constant uncertainty. Having survived the journey to Europe, he now waits in a camp in central Greece—stuck halfway between the home he loves but had to flee, and his new life in Europe.

Room 140
USA | 2017 | 11 MIN
DIR: Priscilla Gonzalez Sainz

Immigrants just released from detention centers spend their first night in Oakland at a motel, paid through the charity of a local pastor. For one night of respite they rest, reflect, and prepare for the next phase of their journey.

De Colores
USA, Venezuela, Colombia | 2017 | 17 MIN
DIR: Luz Marina Zamora

A portrait of a woman born in Colombia who came to the United States a sweet lamb and became a fierce tiger.

The Bony Lady (La Flaca)
Brazil, Mexico, USA | 2018 | 20 MIN
DIR: Adriana Barbosa, Thiago Zanato

A film about Arely Vazquez, a transgender woman and leader of the Santa Muerte (Saint Death) Cult in Queens, New York.


"Room 140" Screened at LAFF and DocuWest

Honored to have a double screening of “Room 140” at Los Angeles Film Festival and DocuWest on Saturday, September 22, 2018.

I couldn’t attend both festivals unfortunately, but so happy to share the screening with family and friends here in Los Angeles.


Los Angeles Film Festival


Room 140 is coming home to Los Angeles - so honored to screen LA Film Festival. For the past several months I have seen and worked with people who fight for the cause of Immigration rights every day. I am inspired and moved by their work on the front lines. It means so much to bring the film to the city of Los Angeles. 

LAFF 2018 Press Release:


This is the 2018 LA Film Festival Competition Lineup. What—and How!—to Watch.


Los Angeles Film Festival Lands Diverse First Fall Lineup, Including Competition Slate That’s 42% Female-Directed

Across the competition categories, 42 percent of the films are directed by women and 39 percent are directed by people of color.


LA Film Festival Unveils Competition Lineup

“Our mission of finding fresh new voices from different geographical and cultural axes remains true,” LA Film Festival director Jennifer Cochis said in announcing the schedule. “These storytellers are united by their ability to transport, impact and inspire audiences with the power of their craft.”


Press: "Observation and Immersion: 2018 AFI Docs"

Thanks for the mention Gary Kramer!

Observation and Immersion: 2018 AFI Docs

Gary Kramer

June 26, 2018

"In Room 140, a man in Oakland rents hotel rooms to immigrants newly released from detention centers. Filmmaker Priscilla Gonzalez Sainz talk to her subjects about their reasons for leaving their homelands. The experiences of these refugees in limbo are poignant and affecting, as when a young woman describes the hunger her daughter suffers, or two other subjects discuss their hopes for a new life in the U.S. This short is almost too short; viewers will want to know more about these engaging immigrants/refugees in crisis."


Bay Area Premiere

This past weekend, ROOM 140 had it's Bay Area premiere in the San Francisco DocFest Bay Area Stories program. I am so honored for the film to be part of this amazing lineup of films that represent the diversity, beauty, and hardship of the Bay. 



PalM Springs International Short Fest Selection!

Honored that ROOM 140 was selected to screen at Palm Springs International Short Fest!

Screening June 22, 201810:00 AM @ Camelot Theaters (PS Cultural Center) 

2300 E Baristo Rd
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Phone: (760) 325-6565

Tickets available at:


"As refugees or as workers, millions travel to distant lands. Poignant films for a world defined by the movement of people, sometimes voluntarily, sometimes through desperation or coercion, across borders."

UCLAxFilm Festival Industry Panel

Saturday, May 12, 2018

I'm honored to have been on the UCLAxFilm Festival Industry Panel 'Using Your Film Festival Experience to Leverage Your Career' with Kim Adelman and Lydia Cedrone. 

We discussed packaging, budgets, film festival submissions and strategy, preparation for a film festival screening, and the transition to feature filmmaking. 

Congratulations to the filmmakers who screened and were awarded at the festival! And thank you to the amazing team and staff at UCLA Extension. 




National Minority Consortia Producer Lab 2018

In April, I had the honor of participating in the National Minority Consortia Producer Lab, hosting by Vision Maker Media, in Lincoln, Nebraska. For three days, we participated in workshops and seminars with creators and leaders in the field. Thank you to everyone who made this a wonderful experience!


Upcoming screenings! Bay Area premiere!

ROOM 140 will screen at Glass City Film Festival in Toledo, Ohio on Saturday, May 9.

The film is in great company in the New Neighbors Shorts Collection. 

New Neighbors is a collection of shorts focused on immigrants and second-generation Americans.

ROOM 140 will also screen at SF Doc Fest on June 10 and June 12 in the Bay Area Shorts Collection. This is the Bay Area premiere for the film!