The Filmmaker


Violet Mendoza

Director / Producer / Editor, Founder of Violet Pictures Inc.

Violet Mendoza is an award-winning filmmaker with more than 20 years of experience. Her production company, Violet Pictures Inc., creates films, television, and new media that use the power of storytelling to touch audiences. 

Montessori Rising is her latest feature film. As the director and producer of the education documentary, Violet was inspired by her two children’s Montessori experiences and her work with the Board of Trustees at The Gladwyne Montessori School, where she has served for six years.

Studying editing under legendary editor Walter Murch (The Godfather, Apocalypse Now) prompted Violet to become an independent filmmaker. She wrote and produced her first feature film, No Boundaries, in 2009. The emotional drama tells the story of an illegal immigrant who falls in love with an Immigration (ICE) Agent (played by Mark McGraw, son of the late Tug McGraw). No Boundaries won awards and played to packed houses at film festivals including the Nashville Film Festival, Philadelphia CineFest, and the White Sands International Film Festival. 

Violet showcased her editing skills as a producer and editor of the 2012 documentary The Barrel of a Gun, directed by Tigre Hill. Chronicling Mumia Abu-Jamal’s controversial killing of a Philadelphia police officer and its aftermath, the film has been placed in the U.S. Library of Congress. Violet also recently produced and edited the horror thriller The Sickness, starring Brian O'Halloran (Clerks, Clerks II) and professional wrestler Katarina Leigh Waters.

Violet began her career in broadcasting and advertising. She completed the Film/Television Program at Franklin Pierce University and was awarded the Mass Communication Award for Excellence. Following graduation, she spent time in broadcasting at FOX29 Television, Telemundo62 and QVC Network, and secured editing and writing opportunities with advertising agencies and Fortune 500 clients. She also worked with Discovery Channel and Animal Planet programming as Nancy Glass Productions’ Senior On-line Editor/Producer. Violet understands how to work with actors and onscreen talent, thanks to her own 20 year membership in SAG and AFTRA. 

She has repeatedly won awards for her work, including Telly Awards, Addy Awards, and Communicator Awards, and was honored with the prestigious title of “Avid Master Editor”. Her short film, “Nameless,” was a 2007 Tribeca Film Festival finalist. 

When Violet is not creating or writing, she is traveling. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and two children, and she considers Paraguay her other home. She is an alumna of the FBI Citizens’ Academy, which promotes community citizenship through a partnership between selected community leaders and the FBI.

The Experts

Steve Hughes

Dr. Steve Hughes is past president of the American Academy of Pediatric Neuropsychology and serves as Chair of the Association Montessori Internationale Global Research Committee. He speaks about Montessori education and brain development at conferences, schools and training centers worldwide. His research on Building Better Brains explores the concept of potential in each child.

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Ken Robinson

Sir Ken Robinson, PhD is an internationally recognized speaker on the development of creativity and innovation, whose TED talks are among the most viewed in TED’s history. His newest book, Creative Schools, focuses on the need for schools and universities to engage all students, foster a love of learning and prepare them for challenges in the 21st century. 

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Tony Wagner

Tony Wagner is the current Expert in Residence at Harvard University’s Innovation Lab and a senior research fellow at the Learning Policy Institute. He is a frequent speaker and widely published author of books including: Most Likely To Succeed: Preparing Our Kids for the Innovation Era; Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World and The Global Achievement Gap.

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Gladwyne Montessori

For more than 50 years, Gladwyne Montessori has provided an exceptional education to children in Philadelphia Main Line suburbs. Its vibrant and academically stimulating program for two to 14 year olds develops curious and confident students, well prepared to serve as responsible citizens of the greater community.

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