Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Ivette García Dávila completed her Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing with a minor in Marketing at the California University of Pennsylvania. During her studies, her work was published in various literary journals, newspapers, and online magazines. Upon graduation, Ivette worked as a correspondent at the Herald Standard and was co-winner in the 2001 Robert Frost Essay yearly competition.

Ivette went on to earn a Master of Fine Arts at Florida State University's Film School where she met the man she would marry in 2012. She also wrote, directed, produced, and collaborated creatively in numerous short films including ZEKE, winner of a Student Emmy and a Student Academy Award that screened at the Cannes Film Festival in 2003. She also produced the ASC Heritage award winner 3AM, another successful movie that earned her a second Student Emmy, a Kodak Enhancement Grant, and a first prize at the Screamfest Film Festival.

After graduate school, Ivette moved to Los Angeles, where she worked in many TV and Film productions such as “Weeds,” “West Wing,” THE HOAX, MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN, FREEDOM WRITERS, JUST FRIENDS, WILD HOGS, and BABEL in development, production, and/or post-production. As a freelancer, she ended up nannying quite a bit between jobs in order to make rent. She arguably learned more from all the girls she babysat than from all the successful people she assisted. 

In 2008, Ivette moved overseas to work as a staff writer at Bigfoot Entertainment and as a screenwriting professor at the International Academy of Film and Television in Cebu, Philippines. She moved back to Los Angeles the following year and has since written and directed CAREER DAY a movie that won “Best Short Film” at the HBO New York International Latino Film Festival in 2010 amongst other awards in the circuit. E-mail Ivette and she will send you a link to her film. The short is (SPOILER ALERT!) about a boy who finds out his mom is a stripper. This movie is not autobiographical, in case you were wondering. 

Most recently, Ivette was selected to participate in the Trinidad + Tobago International Film Festival Filmmaker’s Immersion Program, where she got to develop and pitch a feature-length concept titled THE CUBAN MILLIE CRISIS to a panel of industry professionals. Her project was a finalist in the competition. 

Currently, Ivette is a happily married mother of one, soon to be two. Her script "The Daydreamer," was recently optioned and she's attached to direct it. Her book: "I'm The One Pushing: A Practical and Renegade Guide to Choosing Your Own Motherhood Adventure" is available on She also hosts a podcast series as an excuse to drink more wine. Listen in here.  

You can follow Ivette's motherhood misadventures @imtheonepushing 

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Ivette García Dávila

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