M.G. Evangelista is a writer-director from the Philippines - hence they go by their nickname Grace. In 1993 their family moved to the Bay Area, and that's when Grace found out their first name was actually Mary.
Their NYU thesis short film, FRAN THIS SUMMER (2018), is an LGBTQ summer love story that premiered at Sundance Film Festival and won the Grand Jury Prize at Outfest before playing in thirty film festivals worldwide.
Evangelista co-created WATER MELTS (2019), a Tribeca Film Institute, and Google-supported VR rom-com premiered at Tribeca and played at the Rotterdam International Film Festival.
As a Film Independent Project Involve fellow, Evangelista directed the short LA GLORIA (2020), an HBO Ibero-American Award Shorts Finalist at the Miami Film Festival.
BITTU (2021), produced by Evangelista, premiered at Telluride Film Festival before being shortlisted for the 93rd Academy Awards.
Their debut feature film, BURNING WELL, is currently in development, a recipient of the 2020 Tribeca All Access grant, a 2021 WIF x Sundance Finance Intensive fellowship, and an Array x Google production fund finalist.