From Zimbabwe to Santa Fe, a feature documentary by Cristina McCandless
From Zimbabwe to Santa Fe, logo, a documentary film

Cristina McCandless

Producer Director

Cristina McCandless, Producer, director, documentaries, New MexicoCristina danced back into filmmaking after a thirty-year entanglement with the business world as a banker, economic developer, and entrepreneur. Cristina first picked up a movie camera in high school. She dropped the movie camera in favor of graphic arts, then a business career.

After earning an MBA at the University of California, Berkeley, she ended up in finance. Aesthetics and story telling continued to call as the corporate jungle’s siren faded. Entranced by the out-sized personalities of San Francisco’s iconic entrepreneurs, she used her banker role to access their lives and stories. Cristina landed the role of fish wholesaler and business partner to one of the more colorful characters she’d befriended as a banker.

Fast-forward to 2006, Santa Fe, NM.  Now managing projects for a regional economic development non-governmental organization and again working with entrepreneurs, Cristina found herself in the editing room with filmmakers documenting her projects. Next, she produced a promotional film for a client. Having come full circle, she completed the Documentary Studies Program at the College of Santa Fe in 2008, and has been filmmaking ever since.


From Zimbabwe to Santa Fe2012, Director/Producer, Co-Editor. Feature-length documentary about Zimbabwean women tackling some not-so-everyday challenges as they grab for prosperity.  Winner: Juror’s Best Documentary & Audience Favorite Documentary 2012 Riverside Int’l Film Festival; Recipient of 2010 New Mexico Film Office New Visions NM Contract Award;

Growing Opportunities — 2011, short video sequel to Building the Team, (2006), highlighting recent accomplishments of the Consortium of Major Los Alamos National Laboratory Subcontractors.

Marblesmith – 2010 Co-Producer, Co-Director, Co-Editor, Co-Videographer.  Short documentary illustrating the art and zen of paper marbling as practiced by world renowned paper marbler, Pam Smith. Screened at 6 film festivals. Best Documentary- 2010 Santa Fe 3-Minute Film Festival.

Spinning Yarns – 2009, Producer, Director, Videographer, Editor, Sound Design. Feature documentary about the Tapetes de Lana wool spinning mill’s struggle to survive in Mora County, New Mexico.

A Spicy Relationship2008, Producer, Director, Videographer, Editor, Sound Design.  Short video profiling the relationship between Santa Fe Ingredients and New Mexico Community Capital.

Building the Team2006, Producer, Co-Editor.
Short video highlighting the history and economics of the Consortium of Major Los Alamos National Laboratory Subcontractors.

Growing e-Plaza2005, Producer, Co-Editor.
Short video documentary detailing the challenges faced during the two-year development of the first community-created agricultural web-portal for Northern New Mexico’s agricultural stakeholders.