Mariana Hellmund is a film and video director who writes, shoots and edits a lot of what she works on. She has travelled extensively, usually with camera in hand.  She created Lazulita Films as a producing platform for some of her works.

Lazulita Film's first fiction feature film The Aspern Papers, which Hellmund directed, co-wrote and produced, is a gutsy, modern approach to Henry James' classic novella. A micro-budget film, Peter Biskind (former film critic at Vanity Fair magazine) called it "a gem" and granted Hellmund the Filmmaker Award at FilmColumbia Film Festival. 

In collaboration with Altamira Studios, Hellmund created the original web series Sonia's Travels, written up in Entertainment Weekly magazine and USA Today as the go-to site for premium travel content. This lead to the spin-off series Almost Free: Miami with Sonia Gil for media giant Scripps Networks ( - as well as kick-off videos for Lonely Planet's language program Fluent Road.  

Hellmund's campaign video for the international institution Convent of the Sacred Heart (New York City) "Honoring our Tradition, Forging our Future"  won the Silver Case Accolades 2 Awards for Documentary Short. (DVD available upon request)

An active and long-standing member of NYC's LAByrinth Theater Company since 1999, Hellmund keeps up to date with emerging artistic works, as well as award-winning film and theater veterans. Her work for 12 years as script supervisor in Hollywood and New York Independent Film gives her the insight and knowledge to hit the ground running when she makes industry her own.



The Aspern Papers

Labyrinth Theater Company