Guests of the Fest

Julio Vincent Gambuto, Director of TEAM MARCO

** Joined by the film’s executive producer, Andrew Scrivani, and Anthony Patellis, who plays Nonno in the film **

Screening times and dates: 

Saturday, Feb. 29 – 3PM 

The son of a bus-driver-slash-bread-baker, “Julie” grew up in a large Italian family in the boroughs of New York City, where aunts, uncles, and cousins gathered often around Mom’s seafoam-green formica kitchen table for “cake and coffee” — always an Entenmann’s crumb cake — to tell stories, argue about the Mets, and play cards with the neighbors. Twenty years later, Julio has written and produced film and television content for Nickelodeon, PBS, E! Entertainment, and James Franco’s Rabbit Bandini.

Julio’s interest in creating family content is largely based on his experiences as “Uncle Julie” to six — one niece and five nephews. When he is not in production, he enjoys teaching the art of storytelling to creative and business teams in Los Angeles and New York. Julio is a graduate of Harvard University. He completed his training as a film director at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, where he was honored as an Annenberg Fellow. Learn more at www.juliovincent.com or www.meetborofive.com/juliovincent.


Andrew Scrivani, Executive Producer of TEAM MARCO

** Joined by the film’s director, Julio Vincent Gambuto, and Anthony Patellis, who plays Nonno in the film **

Screening times and dates: 

Saturday, Feb. 29 – 3PM

Andrew is a photographer, director, and producer who has worked on editorial, publishing, advertising, content creation, documentary, and feature film projects. He is also an internationally recognized workshop instructor and author and columnist on the subject of visuals.

Andrew is also an Executive Producer for the film company Borough Five Pictures and has recently completed work on his first full-length feature film, Team Marco. Andrew’s first book, That Photo Makes Me Hungry by Countryman Press launches in the Fall of 2019.

Clients include The New York Times, Conde Nast, Meredith Corporation, Hearst Corporation, Apple, Adobe, CreativeLIVE, Disney, Hay House Publishing, Clarkson Potter, Harper Collins, Norton and Grey Advertising.

Andrew has also recent work includes directing and photographed the latest campaigns for Oprah Winfrey’s O That’s Good Foods and Bumble Bee Tuna as well as directing a short documentary film for The New Yorker Magazine, The Blades of New York’s ‘Forged In Fire’ Contestants. Andrew’s latest cookbook collaboration with Anna Gass of Food 52, Heirloom Kitchen, is available April 2019. He is represented by Ray Brown for directorial requests and still photography.


Anthony Patellis, “Nonno” in TEAM MARCO

** Joined by the film’s director, Julio Vincent Gambuto, and its executive producer, Andrew Scrivani **

Screening times and dates: 

Saturday, Feb. 29 – 3PM

Anthony Patellis is an actor, director and voiceover artist with a long list of credits including Grand Theft Auto IV, Miami or Bust: A Hoboken Bet, The Sopranos, Misled, 86 My Life, I Think I Do, Law and Order, Meeting Marty, Wake and The Grift.


Jorge Alberto Vega, Director of THE CUBICBIRD

**Joined by co-producers Ángela C. Revelo & Jhina Alexandra Hernández Ospina**

Screening times and dates: 

Sunday, March 1 – 11AM – Caleidoscope Shorts Block

Sunday, March 1 – 1:00PM – Valiante y Verdadero Shorts Block

Beto is graphic designer from National University of Colombia. He´s candidate to Master in Audiovisual Communication in the Catholic University of Argentina. At the moment he is associate professor at the Design Department in the University of Cauca (Colombia). He leads the research group LINT, Narrative Image and Transmedia Laboratory, where he develops some projects of consulting concerning transmedia strategies. In 2007 he was the director and producer of the documentary ‘Tierra de hombres para hombres sin tierra’ (men’s land for men without land), which got the prize on VI University Festival of the Universidad of Nariño, Official selection in El Ojo Cojo International Film Festival 2006 in Madrid, Official selection in the 9 version of MIDBO 2007 and it was broadcasted in 2007 by the TV show “Entre Ojos” from Caracol TV Colombia. Between 2007 and 2010 he was the director and main animator of the 19 episodes of the TV magazine Cauchola, broadcasted by the University of Nariño. Also he was the director of ‘No Return’ short film in Pasto Colombia. In 2013 he work as illustrator in he comic ‘The Antagonist, a story of smuggling and color’ produced by Los Andes University (Colombia). By this time he got a scholarship to attend the International Certified on Audiovisual Contents for Children Target arranged by the University of Santiago of Cali (Colombia). At the moment he is working in his first feature film like director: It’s the moon!


Sebastian Jansen, Director of LITTLE ACHILLES

Screening times and dates:

Saturday, February 29 – 7:00pm- Wilde Welt Short Film Program

In 2013, Sebastian Jansen completed his bachelor’s degree in “Time-based Media” at the Mainz University of Applied Sciences. His internationally award-winning graduation film “Registered” was followed by more short films, commercials and music videos, all of which have achieved great attention beyond Germany. In 2016, Jansen completed another study (diploma in “Film Production”) at the Vancouver Film School – also with distinction.

In addition to his directing career, Jansen has worked regularly since 2010 as an editor for advertising and TV – including the children’s news program “logo” at ZDF (Second German Television). Both Jansen’s graduation film “Registered” and his interactive youth drama “weiter – Der Film” (2011) were used as teaching material in German schools.


Katja Benrath, Director of ROCCA CHANGES THE WORLD

Screening times and dates:

Sunday, March 1 – 3:00pm

Influenced by theatre throughout her youth, Katja Benrath pursued that career in her early professional life. She became a costume designer and worked for Pina Bausch’s dance company. Subsequently she completed her studies in Singing and Acting in Vienna, Austria where she also discovered filmmaking. Her first short films (BABYDOLL, NO ONE PUKES IN HEAVEN & TILDA) have been playing successfully on many international festivals and won international awards. During her master studies at Hamburg Media School she directed WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN, SECRECIES and WATU WOTE, her graduation project, which was awarded with many prizes, including the student Academy Award® and a nomination for the Oscars®.


Melissa Gregory Rue, Director of ESPERANZA’S TURN

Screening times and dates:

Wednesday, March 4 – 7:00pm

Saturday, March 7 – 7:00pm

Oregon transplant Melissa Gregory Rue writes, directs, and produces films and series that provide cross-cultural experiences to promote greater compassion in our world. Her films have screened at festivals around the U.S. In 2018, Melissa had the privilege of recording soundtracks for “Esperanza’s Turn” and her upcoming documentary, Live Out Loud, with Grammy nominated guitarist Alex de Grassi and world-renowed percussionist, Hamid Drake. Honored saxophonist and educator, Kidd Jordan, and spoken word artist, Don Paul, also appear with Hamid and Alex on the soundtrack for Live Out Loud. Melissa is currently at work on a pilot for a series that is set in her birthplace, Kentucky. In addition to working on her own projects, she co-produces Interconnections, The Connectivity Project’s web series about people and programs making a positive impact on our society and environment. Before shifting her focus to filmmaking, Melissa taught writing and literature at Portland Community College for many years.


Natalia Bernal, Director of Ramón

**Accompanied by Director of Photography: Alejandro Coronado**

Screening times and dates:

Sunday, March 1 – 5:30pm- Superpowered

Sunday, March 1 – 11:30am- Yes, I Can

Sunday, March 1 – 1:00pm- Valiente y Verdadero

Natalia Bernal is a filmmaker specialized in producing audiovisual content for and with children. She holds a Master Degree in Visual Anthropology from Barcelona University and she attended the ‘International television and film production for children programme’ held in Universidad Santiago de Cali in 2015. 

Her production credits include the feature length documentary “Andaderas de los tiempos” (Colombia, 2016) and the multi-awarded short-film “3feet” (Colombia, 2018). “Ramón” (Colombia/México, 2019) is Natalia’s directorial debut.


Julio Benito Cabrera, Director of PASIVO

Screening times and dates:

Sunday, March 1 – 5:30pm- Superpowered

Sunday, March 1 – 1:00pm- Valiente y Verdadero

Julio Benito Cabrera : Writer, Producer & Director from Puerto Rico. His first shortfilm “Ñaco” was Official selection at the Children’s Film Festival Seattle back in 2010. Since then has produced and directed many shortfilms & documentaries screening in Film Festivals around the world. His latest production includes a CBC Arts Canada documentary about the young international street paint artist from Montreal, Danaé Brisonnette. He is currently co director of the Rincón International Film Festival.


Luis Sanz, Composer and Musician for PASIVO

Screening times and dates:

Sunday, March 1 – 5:30pm- Superpowered

Sunday, March 1 – 1:00pm- Valiente y Verdadero

Luis Sanz is a talented cuatro player, composer, musical director of Hermanos Sanz and professor at the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico. He began playing the Puerto Rican cuatro at the age of four; by age nine he had appeared with the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra. Luis’ creative development and talent in improvisation brought him to arranging and composing works that has been perform in China, France, South America and the United States. He has produced four recording albums. Luis headlined the Latin Grammy Award 2017 show with Residente, and collaborated with Lin-Manuel Miranda on music for a new film about Puerto Rican culture. In 2018, Luis composed the film score and music performance for the documentary “Pa’ Lante”. Also, he was selected as the ambassador of the cuatro for the Puerto Rican Parade at New York and was awarded of the Chancellor’s Artpreneur Grant by the Kenan Institute for the Arts at UNCSA, 2019. His newest album Cuatro Sinfónico open a new path to connects traditional Puerto Rican forms and sonorities with contemporary classical music techniques in order to create a legacy for future generations.


Kendra Ann Sherrill, Director of A DREAMER’S MELODY

Screening times and dates:

Saturday, February 29 – 1:00pm- Wild and Free

Saturday, March 7 – 1:30pm- Wild and Free

Kendra Ann Sherrill is an award-winning filmmaker from Spokane, WA. She is a graduate of the Eastern Washington University’s Film Program, where she received the Best Director and Best Screenplay awards, and was a finalist for the DGA Student Film Awards. Recently, she was selected as one of six filmmakers throughout the state of Washington to participate in the Seattle International Film Festival’s Fly Filmmaking Challenge. Kendra recently served as the Co-Director of the Spokane International Film Festival, the Senior Producer/Editor for the Emmy-award-winning television show “Washington Grown,” and is currently in production for the children’s television program “Look, Listen, and Learn.” She also works full time as the Production Services Coordinator at Washington Filmworks.


Annette Reilly, Director of A TYPICAL FAIRYTALE

Screening times and dates:

Saturday, February 29 – 5:00pm- Rainbow Roar

Annette Reilly is a multi-talented actor, director and producer with an unrivaled gift for storytelling through performance. She plays Diana Spellman, Sabrina’s mortal mother in the hit Netflix original, “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina”.

Growing up in small town Alberta, Annette was always drawn to the performing arts. This love led her to the University of Victoria, where she graduated from the theatre department. She has worked extensively in Shakespeare, and has been involved in both directing and acting for multiple theatre companies including Phoenix Theatres, Theatre SKAM, and Gallery 7 Theatres. Her productions include Pride and Prejudice, Hamlet, The Sound of Music and The Matchmaker, among many others. Her stage training and love of performance eventually led her to the film and television sector, where she became heavily involved in directing and producing. She co-founded a production company called EVE Entertainment in an effort to actively bring pressing social justice issues into cinematic storytelling. Her filmography includes short films BRAVERY, WE’LL MEET AGAIN and COERCED, which was nominated Best International Film 2012 at the 168 Film Festival.

In addition, Annette has appeared as an actor on Fox’s “The X Files” and A&E’s drama series, “Project Blue Book”. She has also appeared in Disney’s I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS and indie comedy feature, MILLIONAIRE’S CLUB. For her portrayal of a bilingual mother in the short film ARC, Annette was nominated for Best Supporting Actress at Portsmouth International Film Festival (2015) and at the UBC Film Festival (2014). After a bout with colon cancer, Annette returned to filmmaking, producing UNINTENTIONAL MOTHER, the first Canadian film to be funded by the KSF Foundation. 

Since creating her new production company, Exeunt Productions, Annette has directed and acted in A TYPICAL FAIRY TALE, a quirky short film partially funded by Telus Storyhive. A TYPICAL FAIRYTALE is slated to begin it’s festival run in January 2019. Annette has also recently wrapped her first documentary, titled FOR MY DAUGHTER. An intimate portrayal of her cancer journey, this film is currently in post-production.

Annette lives in Vancouver where she coaches young actors while filling her role as a loving mother and partner


María Teresa Salcedo Montero, Director of WILD LEA

Screening times and dates:

Thursday, February 27 – 7:00pm-The Cat’s Meow

Sunday, March 1 – 1:00pm- Valiente y Verdadero

María Teresa Salcedo studied a career in Cinema and a master’s degree in Creative Writing, both at the National University of Colombia. She has worked in many awarded tv projects for children: “#MiraLoQuePasa” (#LookWhatHappens, Canal Capital-SED, 2016. Position: Filmmaker) was finalist in the Category of nonfiction programs for public from 11 to 15 years in the Prix Jeunesse International 2018 (Munich-Germany); “Te Re-Creo, tus noticias” (Te Re-Creo, your news, Canal Capital- SED, 2014. Position: Filmmaker) won the UNICEF prize at the Prix Jeunesse International 2014 (Munich -Germany); “Cuentazos con Efectazos” (Storytime with Special Effects, 2016. Position: Writer) was Finalist in the Pre-school category at the JAPAN PRIZE 2018. As a film director, her short film “Dos Golpes” (Two Knocks, 2010) was a winner at the Villa de Leyva Film Festival (Colombia). Currently, she has just finished her short film “Lea Salvaje” (Wild Lea, 2020), a project that received two Colombian grants for its production: Production Grant for children’s short film, Cinemateca Distrital and IDARTES (2017) and Production Grant for animation children’s short film, FDC 2017.

Her presence is possible by Proimagenes Colombia and Universidad Manuela Beltrán.
 
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Giselle Geney, Producer of Ramón

**Accompanied by Director: Natalia Bernal and  Director of Photography: Alejandro Coronado**

Screening times and dates:

Sunday, March 1 – 5:30pm- Superpowered

Sunday, March 1 – 11:30am- Yes, I Can

Sunday, March 1 – 1:00pm- Valiente y Verdadero

Giselle Geney is a filmmaker and producer passionate for creating audiovisual content with children and for children.

Giselle wrote and directed 3feet, which has won the best live-action short film in the “Fantastic Foxes Category” at the Children’s Film Festival Seattle in 2019 and had a great track record in film festivals, being part of the official selection at the 65th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, winning the City of Setagaya Award at Kineko’s Film Festival in Japan, and won the children’s jury honorable mention at “Plein La Bobine” Film Festival in France, among many other Children’s Film Festival special recognitions.

She graduated from the ‘International Television and Film production for children’ course from the Universidad Santiago de Cali in 2015 where she met with Natalia Bernal, the director of “Ramón”, and since then, they have been working together. (Natalia is the producer of 3feet).

Giselle co-produced and edited the documentary short film “Ramón” which is part of the “Valiente y verdadero” (+6) and the “Yes I can” (+8) programs at the Children’s Film Festival Seattle 2020.


Alejandro Coronado, Director of Photography for Ramón

**Accompanied by Director: Natalia Bernal and Producer Giselle Geney**

Screening times and dates:

Sunday, March 1 – 5:30pm- Superpowered

Sunday, March 1 – 11:30am- Yes, I Can

Sunday, March 1 – 1:00pm- Valiente y Verdadero

Alejandro Coronado is a filmmaker with 13 years of experience as a professional cinematographer. He was born in Mexico City and graduated from York University’s BFA in film and video in 2005. His credits as director of photography include “Summer of Goliath” (Orizzonti Prize at Venice Film Festival, ‘10) and “This Time Tomorrow” (Locarno Film Festival, ‘17). He is currently developing his MFA thesis film “Dr. B.” at York University in Toronto.


Kevin Phillips and Alan Terrell, film mentors from the Blaenau Gwent Academy for LIFE OF A PLASTIC CUP

Screening times and dates:

Saturday, March 7 – 7:00pm- Nascent Creations