Miguel Alvarez - Writer/Director

Austin-based filmmaker Miguel Alvarez has received awards from the Directors’ Guild of America, Panavision’s Emerging Filmmaker program, the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts, the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture, and the Texas Filmmakers Production Fund for his previous films, TadpolesVeteransKID and Mnemosyne Rising.  He was a Screenwriting fellow for the 2013 Latino Screenwriting Project sponsored by Cinefestival and Sundance. He now lectures at the University of Texas at Austin and serves as Executive Producer for Austin Film Festival's television show, On Story


Naiti Gámez - Cinematographer

Naiti Gámez has worked as a cinematographer and director on award-winning films and television series. Her film credits have screened at dozens of festivals worldwide, including Festival de Cannes, Sundance, Tribeca Film Festival, Clermont-Ferrand, SXSW, Festival du Cinema de Paris, Woodstock Film Festival, Hampton's International Film Festival, Festival de Cine Internacional de Barcelona and Taos Talking Pictures. Her TV credits include HBO, Showtime, PBS, ESPN, MTV/MTV2, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, & tuTV.

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Nazanin Shirazi - Production Designer

Nazanin is a production designer, set decorator and filmmaker who currently resides in Austin, Texas. As a designer, her film credits have screened internationally, including Festival de Cannes, Austin Film Festival, SXSW, Tribeca, Clermont Ferrand, Chicago Latino Film Festival, and the Munich International Film Festival among dozens of others.

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Rachel Ecklund - Producer

Rachel Ecklund is an Austin, TX-based producer with a passion for socially-conscious storytelling. She is currently producing a narrative project and directing a short documentary set in Alaska’s remote Aleutian Islands. As Story Producer for Arcos Films, she created content for nationally-broadcast PBS series. Rachel began her career teaching media literacy to underserved youth and assisting producers on the Emmy award-winning program Austin City Limits.

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