Sharie Vance is a graduate student in documentary film studies at the University of North Texas. She is a native Texan, mother of four, and grandmother of five. Her research interests are human rights, women’s issues, historical figures, and subcultures. She has completed several documentary films as a professional and as a student. She wants to continue making films that are compelling and motivate social change. For the Heart of Mexico project, she is a video journalist. It is the first time for her to do this sort of work. She says that while it has been very challenging, it has also been very rewarding.