Filmmakers

  • Mabel Valdiviezo Producer & Director

    Mabel is an award-winning indigenous Latinx filmmaker, multidisciplinary artist, and alumna of the Sundance Producers Conference. Her work is grounded in the Latinx community and her identity as an immigrant artist. Mabel has over a decade of experience producing and editing long-form documentaries, narrative shorts, and branded videos for both non-profit and corporate clients. Her work ranges from vérité and character-driven pieces to topic-based docs and personal films. She has screened her work all over the world including PBS, LALIFF, and MTV. She is a winner of the Women in Film Emerging Filmmaker Award and her script, Soledad’s Awakening, was a finalist at the Sundance Screenwriters Lab. With her documentary in progress Prodigal Daughter, she has received support from NALIP Latino Media Market, NALIP Latino Producers Academy, and the San Francisco Arts Commission Individual Artist Grant. Mabel is the founder of Haiku Films and Arts 4 Healing.

  • Maria Zeiss – Editor

    Maria is a Venezuelan born Emmy nominated editor and producer based in San Diego. Maria’s major editing credits and awards include Signing Our Way to Freedom (2018), Best Documentary, San Diego Film Festival; Sands of Silence: Waves of Courage (2017), nominated to Best Documentary Feature at the 32nd Imagen Awards; The Price of Renewal (2006), Best Documentary Editing Nominee, Sacramento International Film Festival, (as part of the PBS documentary series California and The American Dream); Remaking American Medicine (2006), Cine Golden Eagle Award for PBS; Piragua, Best Documentary, IV National Film Festival; Angeles Desterrados, Special Award, International Film/Video Festival; and Buscando América and Crónica Anónicas, a documentary series for HBO.

  • Jorge Vignati – DP (Peru)

    Jorge was the most celebrated Director of Photography working in Peru today. He left an impressive body of work in feature films and independent documentaries. Jorge shot over eighty documentaries all over the world, including Nicaragua, Bolivia, Philippines, Colombia, Mexico, Ecuador, Antarctica, Costa Rica, Uganda, Kenya, Senegal and the USA. Among his many accomplishments, Jorge was assistant director and cameraman in Werner Herzog’s Fitzcarraldo.He has shot for National Geographic, BBC, Travel Channel, Discovery, and Paramount.

  • Tupac Saavedra – DP (U.S.)

    Tupac is a cameraman and documentary filmmaker that splits his time between his native home, Bolivia and the United States. Tupac recently completed Bolivian Baroque, a 42-minute documentary that aired on European television. During the historic 2005 presidential elections in Bolivia, he followed the campaign of Evo Morales, who went on to become Bolivia’s first indigenous president. His award-winning documentary, On The Road With Evo, is a close look at Morales the person and the politician, as well as an examination of the political conditions that brought him into power.

  • Guillermo Palacios – Location Sound

    Guillermo is a highly experienced location sound person and sound mixer who has worked on over 25 Peruvian films and international co-productions. In the documentary genre, he has been the location sound person for several Peruvian projects as well as for National Geographic, BBC, TV Española, ZDF and NDR in Germany. Guillermo is the founder of Perfo Studio, a sound facility in Lima, Peru, were he is the sound designer and lead sound mixer of feature films. Recently, he was the location sound person and sound designer of October, a Peruvian film that won the Un Certain Regard Jury prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

  • Marilyn Mulford – Consulting Producer

    Marilyn is an award-winning documentary filmmaker who produces films about race, ethnic diversity, and art to highlight political issues and preserve culture. Her producing credits include Freedom on my Mind, Winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival and Nominee for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature; Archeology Of Memory: Villa Grimaldi, winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Mill Valley Film Festival; and Chicano Park, winner of Gold Awards at the Houston & Chicago International Film Festivals and included on the Astlan Film Institute’s list of top 100-Chicano films.

  • Mitch Teplitsky – Consulting Producer

    Mitch advises on audience building, educational & new media strategies for the film. He has been on the forefront of innovative fundraising, marketing and distribution strategies for independent filmmakers, and as a plus he has extensive knowledge of the Peruvian experience in the U.S. He is a documentary filmmaker and marketing/fundraiser consultant, based in New York City and Lima, Peru. His feature documentary Soy Andina, about Peru, dance and identity, was broadcast on U.S. public television (Latino Public Broadcasting) in 2009 and 2010.

  • Jillian Oana – Partner Development & Community Engagement

    Jillian draws on her years spent in film, video, fundraising, advertising, event creation, and integrated marketing to make personal connections – designed to occupy hearts. Nonprofits, technology startups, and global brands rely on her creative flair to inspire growth across culturally diverse communities.