A lifelong creative, Marena holds a BA in Theatre & Performance and an award winning television series pilot, “Help Wanted”. Transitioning into documentary filmmaking has shown her how to amplify the realities of communities fighting for equity. She views film as a way to broadcast these social injustice and people movements. This mission began when the need to address sexism and misogyny in her workplace in the craft beer industry pointed to using film as a vehicle to spread that awareness.
The result was her first independently produced documentary, “Girl Beer” which focuses on the trials and tribulations of women in relation to beer, both historically and now. This project comes from deeply personal incidents she and other femmes in the craft beer industry are met with daily. Many women in the industry constantly encounter overt and subtle aggressions they face. Since its 2022 premiere, “Girl Beer” has found success in the independent film festival circuit, winning in both the Global Shorts and Accolade Global Film Competition. The film has embarked on a national screening tour and so far has had 19 screenings in 9 different states.
Marena’s current project, “Kasama: Solidarity Through Space & Time” is her sophomore undertaking as an independent documentary film director. With "Kasama" she assumes the roles of director, producer, and crew.
Marena draws her inspiration from the desire to help people share their experiences when calling for change in their communities. This foundation has evolved her artistry to be in service of the people.