NUYORKTRICITY

Creative Energy + NY State of Mind

Nuyorktricity is a full service production company based in Los Angeles, California servicing the art and entertainment industries. Headed by husband and wife team, Mike and Moni Vargas, Nuyorktricity brings an artistic aesthetic to projects and personal attention to clients in the theatrical, television, home entertainment, music and creative fields. 

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Moni Vargas

Moni Vargas is an Afro-Colombian, Emmy-nominated filmmaker and multidisciplinary artist whose art and practice spans through music, theater and photography. Her clients include Will Smith’s Overbrook & Westbrook Entertainment, Vice, Stanley Nelson’s Firelight Media, Sony Pictures, Black Public Media, Apple Music and Paramount Network. She has directed an array of music videos, fashion editorials, short documentaries, commercials and educational content, including Queen Latifah’s 11-week Confidence course for Strayer University. In 2012 & 2017, Moni produced and directed the Red Table Talk pilots for Jada Pinkett Smith, which were broadcast in the premiere episode of the series with over 31.2 million views on Facebook Watch.

Moni is the co-creator of Friends We Love, a platform consisting of various initiatives including a short documentary series, media workshops and experiential events, including art installations, festivals and film screenings. Since its inception in 2008, FWL has independently produced over 100 short docs streamed in 135 countries, implemented educational programming with local high schools and universities and organized arts & music festivals with some of New York's best known street artists and bands. Their shorts have screened at the Brooklyn Museum, the Bronx Museum, Current TV, and international film festivals. FWL prides itself in high quality, socially conscious content that ultimately benefits the greater good.

Moni’s screenwriting serves as an extension of her multiracial background and interests in the intersectionality of social and racial justice, mental health, immigrant, LGBTQIA and women’s rights through a lens that celebrates the everyday life of its protagonists. “Audrey’s Poem,” a short narrative film she wrote, produced and directed, tells a mother-daughter story of healing from abuse through poetry. It will be included in Big Little Girls, a film anthology of young, diverse, female protagonists who navigate life's challenges in a modern world.

Moni's latest short documentary stars one of the last living singer/songwriters of ‘bullerengue’ of the African griot tradition, Ceferina Banquez, whose songs of displacement, political and economic unrest serve as a personal account of the regional history. Additionally, she is in pre-production for a documentary on the Alianza Nacional de Campesinas (National Farmworkers Women’s Alliance) in the U.S.

Moni is skilled at managing projects from concept development through delivery with highly inclusive teams. Her inquisitive and warm nature makes her as comfortable conducting person-on-the-street interviews as she is with A-list celebrities. Moni has served as a moderator and mentor at Kidult Youth Leadership Conference, as a panelist at SMart Camp, and as a presenter at the Annual Human Rights Leadership Forum. She is an advocate for gender parity, a member of the Alliance of Women Directors, Brown Girls Doc Mafia, NALIP and the ACLU.

 “Audrey’s Poem” - Short Film Trailer

Writer / Director: Moni Vargas

Director / DP / Editor: Moni Vargas

Director / DP: Moni Vargas

RED TABLE TALK :: "LOVE, LIFE, FAME AND FAMILY"

Director & Producer: Moni Vargas

UBTECH :: "CRUZR - a Cloud-Based Intelligent Humanoid Service Robot"

Director & Producer: Moni Vargas

NICO & VINZ :: "INTRIGUED" / WARNER MUSIC GROUP

Director & Producer: Moni Vargas

YURI SHIMOJO :: OFF THE HOOK

Director / Camera / Editor: Moni Vargas

JADA PINKETT SMITH :: "UPTOWN MAGAZINE COVER SHOOT"

Director / Camera: Moni Vargas

WICKED EVOLUTION :: "LEFT BEHIND" / OVERBROOK ENTERTAINMENT

Director & Producer: Moni Vargas

DAN WITZ :: OFF THE HOOK

Director / Producer / Camera / Editor: Moni Vargas