The Americas Award Jurors

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Freddie Marrero Alfonso studied production at the prestigious International Film and TV School of San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba (EICTV). His documentary Aljuriya was awarded the 2005 Best National Documentary at the San Juan Cinemafest. He directed, wrote and produced Secessionism, part of 10 en la música, awarded Best Documentary at the 2009 San Juan International Film Festival and Flor de María, funded by the Puerto Rico Film Commission’s Micros 2010 Award. He has served as jury for several international film festivals and awards. He was Chair of the Production Department at the International Film and TV School (EICTV) and is also experienced in the fields of sociology, online marketing, and filmmaking education. Currently, he oversees the distribution and exhibition efforts of his most recent documentaries, Nuyorican Básquet as producer, and Filiberto as director & producer.

Pilar Rico is an editor from Spain based in New York. Her work focuses on character-driven documentaries dealing with social issues. She has edited feature documentaries by award winning directors Lisa F. Jackson and Sarah Teale’s Grazers: A Cooperative Story (2014) and most recently Patrimonio, which premiered at Berlinale and Full Frame 2018. In 2016 Pilar edited The Freedom to Marry by Eddie Rosenstein, winner of Best Editing and Best Documentary Film at 2016 Savannah Festival. She has also directed and shot short films about the immigrant experience in Europe and America. 

Miguel Rueda: I did my studies in Bogotá Colombia, where I graduated in the field of Fine Arts and Graphic Design with a specialty in Illustration and Experimental Animation. I have been in the business for 19 years, working for advertising companies and TV channels and newspapers, as illustrator, animator and motion graphic designer. In New York I'm working on difference projects where Involved animation, I have been invited by Yale university and CUNY to talk about animations process. I participated with my films in different Film Festivals in Europe, South America and USA. Now I'm following the path of the experimental animation, creating short films and features films finding ways to talk about my own stories. Really, I enjoy what I do.

Kika Child is a Colombian actress who, after debuting in the acclaimed film by Leonardo Favio “Gatica, el Mono”,1991, spent the next decades starring in critically acclaimed prime-time TV series and films in Latin America. Residing in NYC for almost 20 years, Kika is a founding member of TabulaRasa NYC Theater and Performance Lab, and has participated in several plays at the Spanish Rep. and Theater for The New City. 

Ana Maria Hernandez (Ph.D., Comparative Literature, New York University) is Professor and Director of Latin American Studies at LaGuardia Community College.  She specializes in speculative fiction and the connections of literature to film, art and music. Her publications have focused on Julio Cortázar, Horacio Quiroga, Felisberto Hernández and Nicolás Guillén.  Her recent publications include an annotated edition of Fantoches 1926: Folletín Moderno por Once Escritores Cubanos; an anthology of tales by Felisberto Hernández, Las Hortensias y Otros Cuentos; an annotated edition of Cirilo Villaverde’s anti-slavery novel Cecilia Valdés o La Loma del Ángel, and an article about Arturo Infante’s short “Utopia” in América: Tierra de Utopías (Budapest, 2017).  She is a fellow of the Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies at the Graduate Center. With Raúl Rubio (NYU) she co-edited the arts section of the Handbook on Cuban History, Literature and the Arts (2014), edited by Mauricio Font and Araceli Tinajero of the Bildner Center and the CUNY Graduate Center.

Justin Mugits received a bachelor’s degree in cultural anthropology and a master’s degree in U.S. history. After receiving his B.S. he spent two seasons working as an archeological field technician at historic and pre-historic sites throughout New York State and has also worked as a barista and bagel baker. He spent two years in the Peace Corps teaching English and coaching soccer in a rural Mongolian public school. He has worked at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian for over six years and currently works in Community & Public Programs there. His writing has been published in Hyperallergic and the Smithsonian’s American Indian Magazine.

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