La Americanita won Two Best Short Film Awards, semifinalist $10,000 Angelus Award. Feature script is two-time semifinalist for Sundance Institute and selected for NALIP Producer's Academy.

Short Film

La Americanita is the story of Marisol, a suburbanite Cuban-American teen, whose world is turned upside down by the arrival of her cousin Odalis, a freckle-faced ”American-looking” girl from Cuba.


The story for La Americanita is loosely inspired by Erin Ploss-Campoamor's childhood experiences growing up as a red-haired Anglo in a Cuban-American household in Miami.

The film takes her personal experiences and weaves them into the stories of Marisol and Odalis, two young Latinas who are both struggling with their conflicting feelings about their cultural identities.

Marisol is a brunette, born and raised in the U.S. She straightens and lightens her hair, hardly speaks any Spanish and hates having to listen to her family's endless stories about Cuba, a country she has never known or visited

Odalis has light hair and freckles, and just arrived from Cuba. She barely speaks any English and has always resented being mistaken for 'una americanita' (an American girl).

Together, these two women confront their preconceived notions of what it means to be Cuban or American.

Feature Script

La Americanita is the story of a quiet suburban family whose lives are disrupted when the father's previous wife and daughter arrive from Cuba after twenty years of being apart. As the family grapples with their rancor and regrets, their teenage daughter (Sandy) discovers first love and a passion for cinema...


It is the 4th of July and the Amado family is preparing for their annual barbecue. Yet tensions run high as Sandy begins to suspect that her father still has feelings for his ex-wife Lydia; her half-sister Odalis starts to wonder whether she made the right decision in coming to the U.S.; and their handsome young filmmaking neighbors, Steve and Julian, decide to drop by and pay them a visit.

For the two sisters, it will be an unforgettable night of parties, fireworks, kisses... and camera lessons.

For their parents, it will be an opportunity to finally come to terms with the past.

Before the day is done, everyone will have learned what they are made of.

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