Showcase: ¡SOMOS! LGBTQ+ Cine Shorts
Yakira is a guest film programmer for the San Diego Latino Film Festival. Before becoming a guest programmer, she served as Box Office Associate and Theater Manager for SDLFF. It is her passion and goal to create spaces and strive for inclusion for underrepresented storytellers and communities in film and television. Her professional experience includes Box Office Management for Sundance Film Festival, San Diego International Film Festival, and Tucson Cine Mexico. Her television experience includes serving as a writer for Univision San Diego and KUSI.
Showcase: Un mundo extraÑo – Warped Reflections
Un mundo extraÑo- Folk Tales and Speculations
Miguel Rodriguez is the founder and Executive Director of the Horrible Imaginings, the largest genre film festival south of Los Angeles. He is also a film curator and programmer for San Diego Latino Film Festival and The Film Geeks San Diego. He has been a panel programmer, moderator, and panelist for countless events, including San Diego Comic Con, Art House Convergence, FilmEX, Chattanooga Film Festival, and FilmQuest.
Showcase: Viva Mujeres!
Ebony Bailey is a “Blaxican” filmmaker and video producer from Central California whose work explores cultural intersections, diaspora and social movements. Her documentaries have screened at film festivals and forums in the US, Mexico, South America, and Europe. She has produced videos and visual content for organizations such as Mijente, LA Times, NPR, and Africa is a Country.
Ebony has been awarded the Samuel L. Coleman Scholarship for emerging filmmakers at the Haitian International Film Festival, and she was selected for the Tomorrow’s Filmmakers Today program by HBO and Hola Mexico Film Festival. Her latest film “Jamaica y Tamarindo” won the Audience Award for Best Documentary Short at the San Diego Latino Film Festival and the Audience Award for i-d-e-n-t-i-t-i-e-s at the South Social Film Festival. She is a recipient of the Fondo Miradas with Ambulante and Netflix. Ebony studied her Master’s in Documentary Film at the National Autonomous University of Mexico.
Showcase: Frontera Filmmakers
Adriana Trujillo (Tijuana, MX) is media artist and film curator. Her artistic practice includes the production and research with emphasis in contemporary cinema and experimental video. Adriana has a M.A in Creative Documentary by the Autonomous University of Barcelona. She is founder and artistic director of BorDocs Documentary Forum, a binational platform for non-fiction in the San Diego (USA)-Tijuana (MX) border region. Director and programmer of Cine Tonalá Tijuana from 2016-20. Editor of the book Documentary Film in the North of México. Currently is an artistic director of the Festival Cinema Parallels in the Balkan Region. cinemaparallels.com / Instagram: @adrianatrujillo / email@example.com
Showcase: Hay Que Reirse – Comedy Block 1
A carcajadas – Comedy Block 2
Luis Martinez is a Colombian/Uruguayan filmmaker who grew up moving around all of South America, New York and the US due to being a child of divorce. The simple act of going to the movies played a major role in his upbringing as it became a way to connect with his parents and create lasting memories. This birthed his desire to be part of the collaborative art of filmmaking. He has made 2 features as well as a dozen short films as well as other content geared for new filmmakers thru his 2AMBurrito production company and also creates content geared towards new filmmakers thru his Ed Wood Film School brand. He also hosts the Fireside Chats with Big Chief Burrito podcast and is honored to be a guest curator for this year’s festival with his focus being on engaging with new LatinX filmmakers as well as finding comedies that showcase the LatinX experience.
Nicole Góes is a programmer for the San Diego Latino Film Festival and an exhibitions associate at Media Arts Center San Diego. A Honduran-American born in Miami, she studied international affairs at the City University of New York. She has had a career in international development that includes working for the International Monetary Fund and the United Nations’ International Poverty Center for Inclusive Growth. After several years attending countless film festivals, she decided to apply her skillset towards pursuing her true passion of working with Latin American cinema. Upon moving to California, she first worked for Landmark Cinemas and then joined the Media Arts Center San Diego. Her unique background informs her programming in shedding light on the challenges of social inequities, human rights violations, and bad political institutions through the lens of Central American cinema. Nicole grew up in Honduras and has lived in Peru, Chile, Brazil and the US. She is fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, and English.
Exhibitions Coordinator – Shorts
Juan is MACSD’s Community Production Manager. He attended The Los Angeles Film School where he participated with film crews working on various short films and TV shows. Juan returned to San Diego upon graduating, joining MACSD as a marketing and PR Program Associate for the Digital Gym CINEMA. He is now part of the Video Production Services team in Media Arts Center San Diego helping a variety of clientele tell their story. Juan has been programming shorts for the San Diego Latino Film Festival since 2015.
Moisés is Exhibitions Manager for MACSD where he is responsible for the curation of film-related initiatives, including the San Diego Latino Film Festival and the Digital Gym CINEMA. He graduated from Columbia University with a Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies with a concentration in Psychology. He is a Master of Arts candidate in the Television, Film, and New Media Department at San Diego State University.
His past professional experience includes internships at Summit Entertainment and other companies, where he assisted development and acquisitions departments with a multitude of tasks.