Cynthia Benitez is film curator and scholar specializing in Native and indigenous film. She is currently the Film Programmer for Community and Public Programs of the Smithsonian National Museum of American Indian in NYC where she organizes hemispheric film showcases, international screenings and panel discussions. She has also been a panelist, moderator, selector and juror at international film festivals. For the past 12 years, Cynthia has worked as publicist for international film festivals and Native media organizations.
Álvaro Baquero Pecino is an Assistant Professor at The City University of New York/College of Staten Island. He was a board member of the Film Studies section of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) from 2013 to 2016. His recent publications include work on films from Brazil, Colombia, Spain, and Mexico.
Wilson Reyes is an Emmy award winning producer and editor based in New York City. He has produced and directed films and documentaries and also has several years of experience in commercial television. His most recent credits include Nueva York, CUNY TV's Spanish-language television show that celebrates the diversity and richness of Latino cultures in New York City.
Kevin Moore is an independent advisor, curator and writer based in New York. His work focuses on the history of photography and contemporary art. He earned a Ph.D. in art history in 2002 from Princeton University and has worked in curatorial departments at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University. Since 2013, he has been the Artistic Director and Curator of FOTOFOCUS, Cincinnati.
Michelle Farrell is an is an Assistant Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at Fairfield University in Connecticut. In her research she focuses on Latin American film in particular Cuban and Venezuela. Her recent publications include work on the contemporary generation of independent filmmakers in Cuba. She also has a forthcoming work on Cuban women filmmakers.
Juan Zapata is a Colombian writer and director currently based in the United States. He studied directing and screenwriting in Cuba (EICTV). In 2014, he was the Director of the Film Institute of the State of Rio Grande do Sul (IECINE). His films have participated in festivals such as Mar del Plata; Guadalajara, Cannes (WIP), San Francisco (FREMLINE); Cartagena; Tribeca (TCFF); Torino, Geneva FILMAR, Bogotá, as well as screened on NETFLIX, FOX, TERRA TV, Canal Brasil and other channels.