Enrique Unzueta is a director and cinematographer from Tijuana, Mexico. Unzueta completed his B.A. at the University of California, Berkeley. Shortly after, he moved to Singapore to complete his MFA in filmmaking at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Asia. He has directed short films in Singapore, Philippines and Mexico. Unzueta’s work as a cinematographer has been shot in 10 countries around the world in China, South Korea, Singapore, India, Vietnam, France, Czech Republic, Puerto Rico, Mexico and the United States, and has won Best Commercial at HollyShorts, La Femme International Film Festival, California International Shorts Festival and MO-FILM competitions. His thesis film, Jalogüin, received the Riese Award in 2018. Unzueta is currently a fellow in the 2019 Project Involve, Film Independent’s signature mentorship program.
Alicia Carroll, a writer-producer from Philadelphia, P.A., holds a B.A. from Emerson College with a focus in producing for television and film. She currently writes for New Form’s Facebook Watch series Text Stories, and assists Erica Shelton Kodish in her overall deal with CBS Television Studios. Alicia advocates for consent-aware entertainment, which she discussed in her 2016 talk at TEDxBeaconStreet in Boston. In addition to developing her own work, she produces theater with See What Sticks LA., and serves as an ambassador for Ghetto Film School’s Roster program. Alicia is a 2019 Film Independent: Project Involve Fellow and Women In Film: Insight Fellow.
After obtaining his BFA from UC Riverside, Steve Kim has dipped his toes into multiple facets of the entertainment industry, including, but not limited to: film development, international film sales and talent management. But above all, his passion is geared towards creative producing. He has since produced several music videos, commercials, and short films that have been shown at various film festivals. He is an avid fan of American New Wave cinema, 2Pac, and chilaquiles.
Gia Rigoli is a producer raised on the United States/Mexico border, currently based in Los Angeles. At 22, she produced two feature films and is currently being mentored by Michael Apted in developing a documentary. Her first feature film, Rock Steady Row, premiered at the 2018 Slamdance Film Festival, taking home both the Narrative Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award. Gia’s thesis film, Pasajeros en Trance was a Student Academy Award finalist and she was selected as a 2019 Berlinale Talent participant. Gia is also a Film Independent Project Involve Producing Fellow. Currently, she works as a freelance producer whilst developing her next feature film.
Creative Exec / Executive PRODUCER
Sydney Lowe is a creative producer and aspiring executive, passionate about bringing diverse stories to the screen. Lowe began her career producing original video content for international HBO marketing campaigns (Game of Thrones, Girls, Boardwalk Empire, The Jinx), worked as Show Creator's assistant to Issa Rae on HBO's Emmy-nominated Insecure, and as Associate Producer on the Refinery29 TNT film X, directed by Yara Shahidi.
Most recently she is Associate Producer on the upcoming A24 & Plan B feature The Last Black Man in San Francisco (Winner of Sundance 2019's Grand Jury Prize for Best Director and Creative Collaboration). Sydney has also worked as a Development Script Reader for the Sundance Labs, the Sesame Street Writers' Room Fellowship and is a 2019 Film Independent Project Involve Creative Executive Fellow. A graduate of Wesleyan University with a B.A in Visual Studies and Italian, Sydney lives in LA but is forever a New Yorker at heart.
Christine McAuliffe is an award winning filmmaker, having won recognition as both a director and writer for the film Maricruz. She holds an M.F.A. in Film Production from Loyola Marymount University where she cut her teeth in editing and production sound mixing, her favored departments.
Maricruz, a short horror about conversion therapy, embodies Christine’s passion for crafting inclusive narratives that also showcase the most engaging aspects of genre film. Christine uses film to create stronger representation for the LGBT community and connect the people around her. She currently resides in Los Angeles and works as a freelance filmmaker.
Armando Vernet is a Venezuelan born director and production designer who grew up scattered around the Western Hemisphere. He began his career in Mexico, which shaped his filmmaking and forced him to embrace different perspectives. By taking advantage of the various cultures that could define him, he creates characters, stories, situations, and visuals that explore the mystery of being unique. He respects the uncertainty of what’s to come yet also admires colors and textures.
Andrea González Mereles
My name is Andrea Gonzalez Mereles. I was born and raised in Mexico City. I attended some of the most prestigious institutions; Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, Maine Media Workshops and College in Maine and the American Film Institute Conservatory in Los Angeles. I'm proud of being a 2014 Fulbright Scholar, a 2017 Film Independent's Project Involve Fellow, a 2018 FICG's Talents alumna and a 2019 Berlinale Talents participant. I'm a member of the International Collective of Female Cinematographers (I.C.F.C.) and Apertura. My films have been screened in numerous international film festivals; Viena International Film Festival, Zurich International Film Festival, LA Film Festival, Guadalajara International Film Festival, Guanajuato International Film Festival, among others.
With 10 years of experience as a director of photography, my true interest lies in the art of telling stories. Cinematography is a professional journey I've embarked on but it's also a personal one. My intention is to understand what it means to be a human being; our weaknesses, strengths and doubts, to portray it in my body of work. I believe in filmmaking as a collaborative effort and in story above all.I'm currently based in Los Angeles, CA.