Sarah Nairalez
Filmmaker/Photographer/Educator

Sarah Nairalez, née Gonzalez
I got my Bachelor’s in Science in Film Production, Radio-Television-Film Department, with a Concentration in Women and Gender Studies from the University of Texas at Austin in 2008. Equal parts film production, administrative work, and film and arts education, I am a full time filmmaker. I balance being a filmmaker with gardening, various hobbies and a rich personal life of family and friends.

I have been studying filmmaking since I was a freshmen in high school at my arts magnet school. I have a BS in Radio-TV-Film production with a concentration in Women and Gender studies from the University of Texas at Austin. While supporting myself through college, I spent a good deal of time volunteering on as many sets and productions as possible. Since graduating I worked on a variety of sets and productions in different positions including doing grassroots distribution for the Emmy-winning and Independent Spirit Award winning documentary, ‘Where Soldiers Come From’, as well as ‘The Future of Food’ and ‘Symphony of the Soil’. I work mostly as a freelance producer and editor, commercial and independent, as those two positions allow me the scheduling flexibility.

I am passionate about positive social justice, storytelling, and the environment. I aim to use my skills in filmmaking for awareness, activism as well as to highlight women, gender non-conforming and queer people working in the arts and environmental justice. I deeply care about having better media representation.

I have a longtime passion for still photography, working both digitally and with various film formats. I focus on various artistic experiments including taking portraits as well as doing photo journalism. I came up with the handle “Gonzography” in my teens because it seemed like an obvious combination of my last name, “Gonzalez” and the word “photography” and I’ve kept it ever since.

Personally I am a music lover, movie enthusiast, podcast fiend, camera collector, knitter, cyclist, organic gardener and lover of all cat videos. I occupy a lot of different positions in my family including daughter, sister, aunt, wife, and mother.