Producer - Director
Mauricio Mendoza was born in Davis, California to a Colombian mother from Pasto and father from Bogota. After his birth, his parents returned to Bogotá, and to Cartagena for a few years. In 1982 at the age of 12, his family relocated to Davis, CA where he lived till 1987. Mauricio then moved to San Diego where he got his Bachelors in Musical Theater from the United States International University, his masters from the University of San Diego and the Old Globe Professional Actor Training Program.
Once he graduated, he decided to pursue everything from theater, commercials, television, film, to print and voiceovers. He moved to Los Angeles in 1994 where his versatility, and bilingual skills allowed him to maintain constant work in all mediums. Mauricio has been part of four groundbreaking Latino based television shows including being series regular in Sony Tristar/Telemundo’s Angeles , Showtime’s “Resurrection Blvd”, CineLatino/Netflix “El Desconocido”, and Stage 13/Warner Bros “La Quinceañera”. His most recent roles include work on Adam Ruins Everything ,The Rookie , East Los High, Hacienda Heights, Criminal Minds, The Last Man On Earth, Curb Your Enthusiasm, NCIS, 24, Larceny with Dolph Lundren, Crave-The Fast Life, Blow with Johnny Depp, Seized with Scott Adkins.
In 2008 Mauricio became interested in working as producer. In an assertive move to change things up in Hollywood and to be able to create his own opportunities he became the executive producer and producer of the Imagen Award winning 13 episode web series “Encounters” along with Miguel Torres. Mauricio’s production credits include films, music videos, shorts and web series including After School, Fighting Chance, SinVerguenzas, El Contratista, IntoleranceNo More. The Music videos include The Power Of One, Recuperar and Come Get itHe also produced several film shorts, such as It Can Only be Used Once, From Now On, Between the Lights, One, Him and Her, and The Real Faces of Dialysis. He is a part owner of True Form Films, a production company he runs with wife Yeniffer Behrens and DeWayne Cox. His goal is to build True Form Films to be a self-sufficient production company that is able to produce content all year around.
In addition to film, Mauricio has over 50 theater credits including a very successful run of Karen Zacarías’ Destiny of Desire directed by Jose Luis Valenzuela. This stage production ran at the South Coast Repertory Theater for two months and then headed to Chicago at the Goodman. His most notable theater performances include playing Bernardo in West Side Story, Guido in Nine, Juan Julián in Anna In The Tropics, Kevin Rosario in In The Heights, Cinderella's Prince in Into The Woods, Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing, and Magaldi in Evita. His charitable work includes fundraising and visits to Casa Hogar an orphanage in Tijuana, Mexico.
CEO - Producer
Actress, producer, writer, director Yeniffer Behrens, born in Caracas, Venezuela moved with her family to Washington D.C. at age 4, led by her diplomat grandfather. At age 9, Yeniffer’s mother moved to Miami with her and her baby brother. Growing up she was fully bilingual. She trained in dance and modeling, pursued acting and participated in beauty pageants in high school, winning Miss Teen Miami ’89 after graduating high school. Her mentor Ms. Sciolino encouraged her to apply to conservatory drama schools. She received a scholarship from Miami-Dade two-year college, where she trained in acting and also attended North Carolina School of the Arts. She did private coaching training for three years with Dan Chernau, who filmed her audition for Angel Blue landing Yeniffer her first starring film role. She moved to Los Angeles and trained with mentor Jeremiah Comey. Yeniffer is a SAG-AFTRA actress. She has acted in English and Spanish commercials, films, national and international primetime and daytime shows, and has produced independent films in Mexico and the United States.
Series credits include American Horror Story, Nip Tuck, In Plain Sight, I Hate My Teenage Daughter, Desperate Housewives, Sons of Anarchy, East Los High, Boston Legal, Jag, The Agency, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Grays Anatomy and comedy Young Sheldon. She had a recurring role in the Venezuelan Soap Opera El País de las Mujeres, and the American soap opera General Hospital as the loved Marianna Erosa.
Her film credits include: Angel Blue( winning her a positive note on Variety) The Specialist with Sylvester Stallone, Seven Pounds with Will Smith and Rosario Dawson, A Day Without a Mexican, After School, El Contratista, Taco Shop, Fighting for Freedom, American Flyer, Por tu Culpa, two faith-based films; The Pastor and The Law of Moises and up-coming Torrance with Ben Affleck. Her short films include: Borderlines, Lucia no besa a nadie, It Can Only Be Used Once, The Mind Conjurers and “Mi Amor” marking her directorial debut in 2017-2018. Yeniffer just won her first “excellence in directing” award at the Prestigious Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema.!
Her production credits include award-winning web series Encounters, award-winning feature film After School, and award-winning Documentary Create Option C: MJWC,
Award winning short From Now On; directed by legendary actress Ivonne Coll, award winning short Mi Amor, Him and Her, award winning music video The Power of One, SinVergüenzas, Between the Lights, Fighting Chance, Short-doc: The Real Faces of Dialysis, The Shifting and Unknowns and latest music video Come Get it.
As CEO and Co-owner of True Form Films Inc. with husband Mauricio Mendoza and business partner DeWayne Cox, she is on a quest for the company to be funded as a Latino studio producing and creating American-Latino stories that educate and deliver content with a message. Inspired by directors such as Ava DuVernay, Steven Spielberg and Guillermo del Toro, she works to create unapologetic, courageous and powerful storytelling, and films that are rich stories of family, survival, triumph, and the strength of the human spirit. Yeniffer’s charitable work includes fund-raising and collaboration with the Susan G. Komen Foundation fighting against breast cancer. She served on the 2017 executive board of the BIBO Foundation celebrating and supporting women from all walks of life, and received the Reflection BIBO Award for Outstanding Media Innovator. She has fund-raised for El Faro orphanage in Tijuana and is an advocate for dual-language education, creating the Multicultural Harmony Gala Event in 2008-09 benefiting this cause. On her free time, she is an avid traveler, loves pilates, dancing salsa, hikes and cooking fun meals for her beloved husband Mauricio and children Adrian & Julianna.
Yeniffer Behrens - Acting Demo Reel
Producer - Director - Motivational Speaker
DeWayne Cox is a talented and accomplished producer of video, film and television with extensive experience in production and post-production of film, broadcast and cable television. His filmmaking career began with the 1984 Olympic Committee and lasted for 8 years.
DeWayne produced and directed projects for MCA, Sony, Motown, A&M and Atlantic Records. Other clients included Shell Oil, Lawry's, City of L.A., State of Calif., CBS, ABC/Disney, USC, Denzel Washington, Debbie Allen, NFL, LA84 Olympics, USOC and NCAA. He also produced/directed 6 different TV series for Viacom's BET Action PPV Network.
In 2009, Dewayne Cox with Yeniffer Behrens and True Form Films. And in 2013, together with Yeniffer and Mauricio Mendoza, they produced the award winning narrative feature film After School and the feature documentary Create Option C, which is the touching story of Lourdes Colon’s journey through cancer. DeWayne and True Form Films are currently producing/directing several projects, including “What The Heck Is Dialysis and How Did I Get Here?!”, a documentary about the growing epidemic of kidney disease.