Why Ditch The Box Studios?
Our mission is to elevate artists, community leaders, and underrepresented communities by producing powerful stories that inspire. We are a team of queer Latinas using our skills as filmmakers, artists, designers, and activists to cultivate community, help organizations grow, spread knowledge, and represent all the badass folks making a difference!
Homewise Funders' Video
Homewise is a non-profit committed to helping folks become a successful homeowner. In places like Santa Fe where finding affordable housing is a challenge, they offer you a helping hand throughout the entire process, from educating you about what to do to prepare to become a homeowner, to helping you get the funding. Hear from folks that couldn't believe they could ever own a home, and from city representatives about the impact organizations like Homewise can have on a community.
Creative Santa Fe 2019 Recap
Creative Santa Fe leverages the arts to facilitate meaningful discussions that drive positive change. The people, the programming and the intention that goes into each and every event are always worth showing up for! Housing, the future of art, and climate justice are just a few of the many topics they focus on. But don't take our word for it, check out what others have to say about them in this end of year 2019 recap!
Siler Yard Arts & Creativity Center
Affordable housing is one of the biggest issues in Santa Fe, NM with over 6,000 units of housing needed to balance the market. Half of those need to be affordable to artists, young talent, and residents of all types of circumstances. Watch this documentary detailing the process, the people involved, and the community design challenge that makes the Siler Yard project an influential milestone in the development of Santa Fe's midtown neighborhood, and the city at large.
BADCAT Live @ Meow Wolf
Our favorite Santa Fe house music DJ, BADCAT! Check out the crowd she revs up at Meow Wolf, the premiere performance venue in Santa Fe. SHE. BUMPS. HOUSE. Like no other.
Co-Founder // Director // Editor // Animator
Katrina Alexandra Mon’tros Mendoza (artistically known as Doza) originally conceived of Ditch The Box Studios as a student at Stanford University with a strong desire to empower diverse and creative community engagement. She worked in the entertainment industry in Los Angeles, studying the television industry’s relationship to user feedback at 20th Century Fox Television while earning a Master's in Communication and Entertainment Management at the University of Southern California. After graduating with seven years of experience studying while also working in event production, and playing ultimate frisbee at a National level, she moved into an entrepreneurial eco-village in San Diego. Building websites, fire dancing, permaculture design, and community organizing are some of the few things she learned how to do before catching the tech bug and moving to San Francisco to explore the tech industry.
Doza worked in the start-up and nonprofit industries, focused on the power of technology and activism to create social impact. A strong desire to empower the arts and to follow a growing sense of mysticism and spirituality prompted her to move to Santa Fe. She now lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, directing the vision for Ditch The Box Studios, and working as an editor with over a decade of experience.
Co-Founder // Director // Cinematographer
An abstract painter from Morelos, Mexico, Anaid immigrated with her family to the U.S. when she was 12 years old. Anaid’s creative expression expanded to a new medium when she met Doza. As soon as she was behind the camera, she knew she’d found a new passion and began teaching herself everything she could about film and video production. Realizing how empowering and inspiring this new venture could be, she began studying under seasoned professionals at the Santa Fe Community College.
Anaid’s endless curiosity and hunger for knowledge continues to drive her to learn and hone her craft using the camera as a lens for empowerment, creativity, and positive change. We all have a story to tell, and she wants to help you tell that story in a genuine and impactful way.