Molina Speaks is an artist, musician, writer, poet, and filmmaker. His first film ROOT is an independent venture that premiered in his home city of Denver, Colorado on March 31st, 2018. As a filmmaker Molina looks at the world through a futurist lens, guided by mestizo cultural aesthetics, natural wonders, dreamscapes, surrealism and meta-realism.
Performing under a variety of monikers, the Artist is best known as Molina Speaks. In addition to his own music and poetry, Molina performs regularly with Chicano Afrobeat orchestra Pink Hawks and punk/hip-hop act Roots Rice and Beans. Molina was named a 2017 Mastermind by Westword Magazine—Denver’s premiere entertainment publication. Molina recently garnered two Best of Denver 2018 Awards: Best New Band (Roots Rice and Beans), and Best Place to Find the Future of the Music Business, for his role in developing and coordinating Youth on Record’s new Fellowship Program. He is also a recipient of an Imagine 2020 Award by the City of Denver, a Career Advancement Award by Colorado Creative Industries, and an Art Tank Award by Denver Arts Affinity Group.
Molina has been invited to speak and read poetry at dozens of colleges and universities across the U.S., including Columbia University, University of California at Davis, University of California at San Diego, University of New Mexico, University of Wyoming, and Colorado University at Boulder. He works with young people at all age levels to develop their imaginations, creativity, and sense of wonder about their existence.
Molina's prior film credits include Music Supervisor for the documentary film Papers (2009), and Co-Producer for his own spoken word video chapbook Bronze Future: Letters for 2045 (2012).
de los dias de los muertos, 2017