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Alvaro Baquero is an Assistant Professor at the College of Staten Island, CUNY. He obtained a double degree in Hispanic Philology, and Literary Theory and Comparative Literature from the University of Granada (Spain). He also earned a M.A. in Spanish from New Mexico State University, and received his Ph.D. in Literature and Cultural Studies from Georgetown University. His main research interests include Contemporary Peninsular and Latin American Literature and Culture, Film Studies, Immigration, Violence, Crime Fiction, and Trauma Narratives. He currently is a Board Member of the Film Studies Section of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA).

Marisol Gonzalez is a Dominican filmmaker & producer. She lives in New York. Currently she works as a producer for HBO. González earned Siempre Mujer Magazine’s ‘Always Inspiring’ honor for her hands-on commitment to important causes in the Hispanic community. In 2011 she was presented the ‘Proclamation Award’ by New York State Senator José Peralta for her “outstanding service to the Latino community.” After over 20 years working in production for the main Latino broadcast channels in New York, and successful recognition from her peers, González is determined to raise awareness about the drug epidemic among young Latinos. 

Marina Fernandez Ferri is an independent filmmaker with experience producing multi award-winning features and short films that have been shown at international film festivals including Sundance, FICG, Montclair FF, Havana Film Festival or Cannes. Her work as producer starts in Spain, creating compelling content for TV. She followed her passion for filmmaking moving to NY and becoming an active member of Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective, organization which she collaborated for her directorial debut of Temblor, exploring the feelings of an outsider in a foreign land. In 2019 she launched her company Brisa Pictures and produced the American part of the international film No Land's Man, by Mostofa Farooki.

Federico Guarascio  is an Italian award-winning Producer based in New York City. He has co-produced narratives and documentaries that have been screened at festivals worldwide, including Robert Redford’s Sundance. Some of the international co-productions he has worked on, such as “Thy Father’s Chair” (2015), have opened theatrically in USA, Italy and Spain, and been recognized as The New York Times' Critic’s Pick of the month.  Among his achievements, Federico holds a Certificate of Contribution from the National Academy of Television Arts and Science for his labor as the Producer to the New York Emmy winner reportage “Sure We Can.” Federico co-produced the feature documentary “The Fourth Kingdom” with the support of the Sundance Institute and the Documentary International Association, which was nominated for the Spanish Academy Awards, won a Catalan Academy Award, and was one of the 149 contenders for the Oscars in 2019. Federico's work has broadcasted on PBS, WNET, CUNYTV, and national Spanish and Italian TV among others.

Carlos Velásquez Torres (Colombia, Bogotá, 1969) is a poet, translator and scholar. He earned his PhD at University of Arizona. He has been educator during his graduate stage and after this he has worked for Bowling Green State University and New Mexico Highlands University, The City College of New York, Queens College, among others. Carlos Velasquez Torres has been director of some periodical publications.  He is the author of several poetry books as Es de tontos el regreso, first prize of International Poetry Contest, Hybrido Magazine in New York City. He is currently Editor in Chief at Artepoetica Press. Ha has written and published conferences about popular culture and film, and has been part of the jurors of TAFFNY in 2019. 

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