DIRECTOR / PRODUCER
NYU graduate, Cathryne Czubek, is a New York based director and producer. SCREW YOU CANCER, her award-winning series for Conde Nast Entertainment, was the first digital series ever to be an honoree for the prestigious Television Academy Honor, given to series that use the power of television to bring awareness to important social issues. Her recent work for CNE includes producing and directing digital series for flagship brands Vogue, Glamour, and Vanity Fair. She is the director of the feature documentary A GIRL AND A GUN (First Run Features/Films Transit International) that premiered at the 2012 DOC NYC film festival before a theatrical run. She has received recognition from NYSCA, Women Make Movies, NYWIFT, Paley Center for Media, IFP, Toronto Documentary Forum, among others. Through her production company Salted Media, Cathryne is in development on a number of unscripted branded content series, a new documentary, and a pilot for a single camera scripted TV series. Her work often reflects on the role of women in society and the transformative power that women have to effect change. She got her start making pictures with her father in a homemade darkroom at home in Michigan, earned her BA in International Relations at NYU’s College of Arts and Sciences, and earned an MFA in photography and video at the School of Visual Arts. www.salted-media.com
DIRECTOR / PRODUCER
Hugo Perez is a filmmaker and writer whose work often focuses on his Cuban heritage. Perez’ short film BETTY LA FLACA was the winner of the HBO/NYILFF Short Film Award. His previous short film JULIETA Y RAMON was broadcast as part of the Showtime Latino Filmmaker Showcase. Perez was the recipient of the prestigious Rockefeller Foundation/ Tribeca Film Institute Emerging Artist Fellowship in support of his feature screenplay IMMACULATE CONCEPTION. Perez has studied storytelling with Gabriel Garcia Marquez, collaborated with Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist William Kennedy, and served as a guest artist for acclaimed theater director and artist Robert Wilson. Perez’ film SEED was part of ITVS/PBS groundbreaking original online science fiction series FutureStates. As a documentary filmmaker, Perez is the recipient of the 2009 Estela Award for Documentary Filmmaking presented by NALIP – the National Association of Latino Independent Producers. Perez is Producer and Director of the feature documentary NEITHER MEMORY NOR MAGIC. The film is narrated by Patricia Clarkson and Viggo Mortensen. Perez is also the Producer and Director of the ITVS funded documentary SUMMER SUN WINTER MOON that had a national PBS broadcast. www.M30AFilms.com
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY / CO-PRODUCER
Matt Porwoll is a Brooklyn based cinematographer. His most recent film, CARTEL LAND, won Best Cinematography awards at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and 2016 Cinema Eye Honors. The film has since been nominated for a BAFTA and an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Porwoll has served as an additional cinematographer on numerous other films including HBO’s Emmy-nominated BY THE PEOPLE: THE ELECTION OF BARACK OBAMA, directed by Amy Rice and Alicia Sams, GUNNIN’ FOR THAT #1 SPOT, directed by Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys, and HBO’s CRISIS HOTLINE: VETERANS PRESS 1, directed by Ellen Goosenberg, which won the 2015 Academy Award for Best Documentary Short.
Gigi Dement has produced several award-winning films, including GOD OF LOVE winner of the 2011 Academy Award for Best Live Action Short- making her the first Filipino in history to produce an Oscar-winning film. She then went on to produce BASTARDS OF YOUNG (which premiered at the Woodstock Film Festival) and the critically acclaimed feature film BABYGIRL which was made in association with Escape Pictures, Samson Films LTD and the Irish Film Board. The film premiered at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival and won top prizes at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival as well as the Jameson Dublin Film Festival. Gigi continues to work with both emerging and established filmmakers; and is developing several projects. Most recently, she has been exploring the world of new media, producing for Conde Nast Entertainment and their associated brands, the likes of which include Vogue, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Teen Vogue, GQ and Bon Appetit. In addition, she has produced digital content for Target x WhoWhatWear, Canon, Lexus, Sephora, Anna Sui and YouTube. Gigi is a double alumna of New York University’s undergraduate and graduate film programs, where she currently holds a faculty position. http://www.gigidement.com/
PHILIP A. SANCHEZ
Philip A. Sanchez is a communications and marketing professional with a decade of experience in philanthropy, diversity, community relations, and employee engagement. Philip is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Blurred Media, a creative services company. Previously, Philip served as the Associate Director of Philanthropic Investments at Time Warner Inc.’s Office of Corporate Responsibility in New York City, where he spearheaded the company’s flagship New Works/New Voices program – a comprehensive continuum of support for the next generation of storytellers in film, theater, and television. Aligned with the company’s broader efforts to tell the world’s stories, The Team 11 CO-PRODUCER CECILIA MEJIA Cecilia Mejia has worked in development for several nonprofit organizations, including NGOs affiliated with the UN. Having worked for the former Assistant Attorney General of the Charities Bureau, she was inspired to pursue a Master’s degree in Public Administration and Affairs. She followed up her studies at the Columbia Business School Developing Leaders Program for Nonprofit Professionals. She has worked with several grassroots organizations focusing on underrepresented communities, which lead to her working on a short documentary about the struggles of detained undocumented families. She produced a short film YELLOW ROSE, and is in development for a number of projects. Inspired by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Ted Talk: The danger of a single story and by her own experiences in finding her voice, Cecilia plans to continue her venture into film with the goal of focusing on social impact stories that inspire change. She is currently working on the Development team for Scenarios USA, a nonprofit organization that uses film and writing to engage young people on issues of social justice, identity, and health by asking “What matters to you?” Philip managed a diverse portfolio of grantees in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, London, and Mumbai. In 2011, Philip was tasked to work with a number of stakeholders to help revamp and re-launch the Time Warner Foundation. Prior to 2011, Philip worked on a range of the department’s programs including its groundbreaking access initiative for diverse audiences and the company’s enterprise-wide award celebrating employee volunteerism.
Philip began his grantmaking career in 2005 at Carnegie Corporation of New York, where he worked on the foundation’s dissemination program and journalism initiative. Philip is an enrolled tribal member of San Felipe Pueblo in New Mexico. He served on the board of directors of the nonprofit Native Americans in Philanthropy from 2008 to 2014. He is currently on the advisory board of UNRESERVED American Indian Fashion and Art Alliance. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Ethnic Studies and Sociology from Brown University.
Cecilia Mejia has worked in development for several nonprofit organizations, including NGOs affiliated with the UN. Having worked for the former Assistant Attorney General of the Charities Bureau, she was inspired to pursue a Master’s degree in Public Administration and Affairs. She followed up her studies at the Columbia Business School Developing Leaders Program for Nonprofit Professionals. She has worked with several grassroots organizations focusing on underrepresented communities, which lead to her working on a short documentary about the struggles of detained undocumented families. She produced a short film YELLOW ROSE, and is in development for a number of projects. Inspired by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Ted Talk: The danger of a single story and by her own experiences in finding her voice, Cecilia plans to continue her venture into film with the goal of focusing on social impact stories that inspire change. She is currently working on the Development team for Scenarios USA, a nonprofit organization that uses film and writing to engage young people on issues of social justice, identity, and health by asking “What matters to you?”
With a past life in tech consulting, corporate communications, IT business analysis, and running operations at an adtech startup, Anne enjoys applying her business background to opportunities in digital media, television, and film, particularly documentaries. Previous opportunities have included producing and starring in the award winning short film, HYPEBEASTS, and currently producing and managing the social media for THE WAKALIWOOD PROJECT. Anne’s favorite projects are ones that take her to a location she’s never been, so if you can’t already tell, international travel ranks high on her list of hobbies. Anne lives in Boerum Hill with her husband and their succulent, Juanita.
Emma is a digital content producer and audience engagement strategist for Condé Nast Entertainment, where she works with brands including Vogue, Glamour and GQ. She previously worked as a web editor and reporter for Bloomberg News and the Associated Press. A graduate of Dartmouth College, she was the editor-in-chief of the college's daily newspaper and studied film and biology. Emma is an avid traveler and has lived in Mexico and Peru. Her preferred method of communication is Snapchat.
After graduating with honors from NYU’s Film and Television program, Amanda quickly became the top editor at the boutique postproduction house Edditional Effects. She continued her career at Bionic and currently works at Nutmeg Post. Her clients have included Nickelodeon, MTV, Food Network, ESPN, Noggin, Comedy Central, SciFi, and USA Network. Amanda has edited several documentaries, including the award winning feature NO LOOK PASS by Director Melissa Johnson, A GIRL AND A GUN by Cathryne Czubek, and CLAIMING OUR VOICE by Director Jennifer Samuel.
Nikola Chapelle is a New York-based French sound mixer. Born in Chamonix, France, he grew up in Guadalupe and the Reunion Island (French territories). Nikola’s diverse background influenced his exposure to the world of sound. After 3 years of study in France, he attempted his last year’s study in New York City. Since then, Nikola has worked on a variety of different projects around the world such as the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival 2nd place Audience Award Winner GRACELAND shot in the Philippines. Other projects he has worked on include feature documentaries JEREMY SCOTT: THE PEOPLE’S DESIGNER; THE HURT BUSINESS; ARTE and PBS documentaries VIETNAM PEACE NEGOTIATIONS WITH HENRY KISSINGER; Teen Vogue international documentary series STRICTLY BALLET; MTV International hit shows with Kanye West, DJ Questlove and DJ Premier, as well as TV reality shows DANCING WITH THE STARS, THE VOICE, MASTER CHEF, and TOP CHEF.
His extensive travel experiences have shaped his passion for sound recording. Nikola currently resides in New York, and is the Lead Sound Mixer for New York-based full media service production company, Verrechia Films, LLC and the manager of his full sound service production company /KRA:FT/ in Paris.
FIXER / PRODUCTION MANAGER UGANDA
Talking Film Productions is Uganda’s premiere film production services company based in Kampala recognized for international motion picture and television productions across Africa. Recent projects include: Disney’s forthcoming feature, THE QUEEN OF KATWE, featuring Lupita Nyong’o and David Oyelowo, CNN HEROES: WINE TO WATER, UGANDA: THE CHALLENGE OF FORGIVENESS, and NHK Japan’s MIRACLE BODY.