Patricia Riggen, originally from Mexico, started her career as a screenwriter, producer and film executive at the Mexican Film Institute. She later moved to New York to do an MFA in directing and screenwriting at Columbia University. Patricia directed and produced her first feature film “Under the Same Moon”. It premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival to accolades and was quickly acquired for worldwide distribution by Fox Searchlight and The Weinstein Company. It was released theatrically in March 2008 to opening-weekend record numbers for a Spanish language film in the US and became a box office success in both Mexico and the U.S.
Patricia directed two features for the young audiences, Girl in Progress, a coming-of-age comedy starring Eva Mendes, Patricia Arquette and Cierra Ramirez, and the musical Lemonade Mouth for the Disney Channel, which received a DGA nomination and garnered 12.5 million viewers in its first two airings.
In 2015, she directed the English language Chilean mining drama The 33. The film is based on the real events of the 2010 disaster in which a group of 33 miners were trapped in the San José Mine, in Chile for 69 days. In 2018, she directed Run for Your Life and moved her way to directing television with episodes of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan and Proven Innocent. Most recently, she worked on Surveillance and is currently filming Together Now, starring Freida Pinto, Eva Longoria, and Juliette Binoche.