is a director and producer whose debut, Monica & David, told the love story of two adults with Down syndrome. The film premiered on HBO, won the Tribeca Film Festival's Jury Award for best documentary, was nominated for an Emmy, has aired in 33 countries, and has been translated into 15 languages. She is currently in production on a feature documentary on children fleeing violence in Central America. Alexandra cofounded the Miami Filmmakers Collective to build community amongst local filmmakers.
is an award-winning documentary filmmaker focusing on arts and culture. He co-produced and directed Deep City: The Birth of the Miami Sound, which premiered at the 2014 SXSW Film Festival and was acquired by public broadcast station WLRN for worldwide distribution. He has won nine National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences regional Emmys, including seven with his producing partner, Marlon Johnson—all for cultural documentaries. He is the executive producer of a dozen films with the Miami-based Borscht Film Collective, including six short films that debuted at the Sundance Film Festival. Most recently, he helped produce the animated short The Sun Like a Big Dark Animal, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, along with Glove, which also premiered at Sundance and won the Grand Jury Award for best animated short at SXSW.
is the executive director of FilmGate Miami, an organization that empowers Florida’s visual storytellers and delivers a range of multidisciplinary programs in film, digital media, interactive and immersive content, and virtual and augmented reality. Diliana began her career as a producer in Canada, where she worked for CBC, HGTV, the Learning Channel, and Showtime. She has produced independent narrative and documentary films around the world. Currently, she is teaching film at Florida International University and directing a feature film based on the young adult novel Narc, written by Florida Book Award winner Crissa-Jean Chappell.
Juan Carlos Castañeda
is a writer, director, and cinematographer who has worked around the world for the past 20 years. His work has been broadcast nationally and internationally and has screened widely at international film festivals. Juan Carlos holds a bachelor's in multimedia arts from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University in Melbourne, Australia, and a master of fine arts in film production from Chapman University in Los Angeles, California. Juan is one of the cofounders of Human Pictures, a production company dedicated to media creation for social change.
is an award-winning filmmaker and educator based in Miami. She has won numerous awards for her work on the gentrification of Harlem and has been nominated for a 2016 regional Emmy for her current documentary on Haitian identity, La Belle Vie: The Good Life. In March 2015, the General Consulate of the Republic of Haiti in Miami presented her with the Beacon of Hope and Achievement Award for her excellence in film and education. A Knight Foundation recipient, Salnave returned to her roots of screenwriting and was selected as one of Sundance Institute’s 2015 Screenwriters Intensive Fellows.
has been the Miami Herald's movie critic since 1995. He has also written about film for Variety, The New York Times Magazine, the New York Post and Hispanic magazine. He studied film and journalism at the University of Miami.
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