Jonathan Menendez, a new media producer that uses technology as a tool to daydream digitally and hone his creative visions. His background includes a bachelors degree in multimedia productions, six years of employment at an application & software development boutique, consulting for gay Latino organizations, research on cultural affairs, and business management of his own photography, video and graphic media company. He’s also dedicated five years of his life to the development of a very important social-political documentary. Jonathan’s range of interests within film is vast – he has interest in both conceptual/experimental work as well as more narrative and mainstream work. His sense of culture is equally expansive – as his current documentary involves the academic, hip hop and immigrant worlds in which Latino gay men of Los Angeles make connection and community. He works directly with more established filmmakers and consultants that assist his craft and provide a vibrant artistic home for his project.
Mario Novoa is an independent producer and director with a background in theater, television and film. As a 16-year-old producer he began producing plays for his high school and a producer/writer for a daily newscast for his local cable channel. Mario developed a confidence with established producers that led him to work at the Sundance Film Institute, Gregory Nava’s El Norte Productions, World of Wonder Prod., Paramount Television and as business owner of Novoa Entertainment. Director Miguel Arteta counseled Mario over a 2-year period when Mario was a Fellow of Film Independent’s Project:Involve program. As a Fellow of P:I Mario was awarded a scholarship to attend the Producing Program at The Los Angeles Film School in 2000. As of late, Mario has produced and directed dynamic ad campaigns for The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, Cedar Sinai Hospital and MOFILM UK. Mario is the driving force on two features in pre-production.
Oscar De Alba is an editor that is currently involved with the project because of its important social message to the world and as a cinematic agent of change. He hopes to expand his already large network of friends and get into the industry of filmmaking as an editor. Oscar attended Columbia College in Hollywood and has knowledge in cinematography as well as in directing. He is originally from San Diego and came to LA to find a new life in his passion for film.
Rodrigo Moreno is a film undergraduate of the Art Institute of Miami. During his time in school, he learned many different aspects of the film industry; writing, directing, editing, sound design. He has recently moved to Los Angeles to continue his career as a filmmaker and pursue new opportunities.
Peter Rodriguez is a Final Cut Pro editor and has worked on several short films over the years. He has a certificate from the Hollywood Digital Film School, took TV production classes at Pasadena City College and is currently attending the Video Symphony Institute of Post Production-Burbank. He seeks to continue expanding his knowledge in post-production with a focus on motion graphics and editing.
Raul Cienfuegos is a proud editor, photographer and technology geek who excels in organization and structuring in post-production. He hopes to assist in finishing this project in order to bring change into the world and expand his knowledge of post production.
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Hector Miranda is a software engineer who doesn’t like to be seen as one, so when people ask him what he does, he just answers “I sell ice cream”. Photography and film are his new passion and has just begun to make it a career out it. He is very passionate about technology. He is a Mexican from Mexico– so expect him to be a ‘naco’. He is a kid at heart, likes video games and loves Ren & Stimpy and family guy.