Samanta (no “h”) Helou Hernandez is a freelance multimedia journalist, photographer, and producer. She uses video, photo, text, and audio to create narratives about culture and identity through a Latinx lens.
Her work has been featured in publications such as LA Weekly, CurbedLA, and Remezcla among others.
Samanta served as a lead researcher and story producer for a documentary series about Latinos and cannabis. In 2018, she was an associate producer for “A Woman’s Work,” a feature documentary about wage theft in NFL cheerleading that premiered at Tribeca.
Samanta created @ThisSideofHoover, an Instagram account archiving a quickly gentrifying neighborhood in Los Angeles. The project has been covered by L.A. Taco and Hyperallergic. She spoke about the project at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books.
Her work has been exhibited at the International Center of Photography in New York City and the Mexican Consulate’s Dual Vision: 35 Artists Under 35.
Samanta was an Annenberg Fellow at USC where she received her M.A. in Arts Journalism in 2017.
She is available for assignments and production opportunities. You can contact her via email or probably find her dancing cumbia at La Cita. Viva la Vida!