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LA TRIPULACIÓN
[ THE CREW ]

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CHRISTIAN PONCE

Co-Founder  \\  Co-Director 

Born and raised in Quito, Ecuador, Christian graduated from Universidad San Francisco de Quito with a BA in Economics and is now a dedicated arts proponent. He is Co-Founder and Executive Director of Maravilla –a, New York-based organization dedicated to raising public awareness of Latin America through film and the arts, and works at Yale Schwarzman Center, as Assistant Manager Ticketing and Community Experience. In the past, he has worked as Project Manger for Universidad San Francisco de Quito, in the development of the IMAX Theater in Cumbayá; has collaborated with the media outlet Remezcla, in New York; and has worked as the Audience Services Manager at the International Festival of Arts and Ideas (IFAI) in New Haven, where he resides. When he is not working, Christian enjoys mountain biking and playing the drums.

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RAFAEL BARRIGA

Programming Director

Bachelor of Arts (University of Pennsylvania). Higher education diplomas from Queen Margaret University (Scotland) and University of Copenhagen (Denmark). 

As a filmmaker, producer, film critic and artistic director, he directed “Blomberg’s Secret” (2014) about the work of Swedish explorer Rolf Blomberg. He is programmer for the Ecuadorian Film Festival in New York (2016 – present) and “La fractura del siglo” (2018 – present) a film festival in Ecuador. He has worked as head programmer for the multiplex chain Multicines (1997 – 2001) and art-house theatre Ochoymedio (2001 – 2013). He served as President for the Ecuadorian Writers and Directors Guild Association (2016 – 2019). He was producer and director of the TV series “Cine.ec” for two seasons (2017 – 2019). As a writer and literary editor, he has published “El ojo del siglo: cien cineastas” (1996), “Velasco, retrato de un monarca andino” (2006), “El tiempo de Alfaro” (2009), “Verde, pintón y maduro: 25 años de El Pobre Diablo” (2016) and has directed the editorial project “Más allá de la simple receta” by Franklin Tello Mercado (2021). 

 

He has produced more than 1300 radio programs since 1996 and has created cultural projects in Ecuador as the Theatre Festival of Loja (2015) and Galápagos Infinito (2021).

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LUIS LUNA

Director of Marketing

& Community Engagement

Luis was born in Quito. He is a radio producer, artist and community organizer. He focuses his energy on immigrant rights issues and community radio. Over the last 15 years, he has been involved in many social movements using storytelling and organizing as tools to engage community members to create change. 

 

His love for film, culture and music has brought him close to local film festivals in Connecticut and New York. 

 

He is currently working on radio projects that focus on transformative justice, abolition and Latin American film.

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ISABELA PARRA 

Co-Director

Isabela studied Theatre, Economics and has a Master degree in Anthropology. She programmed Cero Latitud Film Festival in Ecuador for five years and was content director of La Orquídea Film Festival of Cuenca since its fourth edition. She has taught distribution and production classes at INCINE, UDLA and IAVQ. She has been a research consultant for programs linked to copyright, cultural policy, heritage and tourism, and is currently president of the Board of EGEDA Ecuador. She produced the feature films Cuando me toque a mí and El Facilitador by Víctor Arregui, Un secreto en la caja, directed by Javier Izquierdo and the films Alba and Octopus Skin directed by Ana Cristina Barragán. She co-produced A estas alturas de la vida, by Manuel Calisto and Alex Cisneros and El Río, by Juan Pablo Richter. She currently produces films linked to gender and environment activism, directed by Ecuadorian women, including Nunkui, the first feature film by Verenice Benitez (in post production) and Water Women, a documentary by Clara López Rubio. 

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GIOVANNA AGUILAR

Festival Producer

Born in Quito, Ecuador, and growing up in New Jersey, Giovanna Aguilar is an award-winning multimedia creator passionate about connecting people to stories of social impact. As a content strategist, she works with C-suite executives in thought leadership and nonprofits in public education, social justice and the arts focusing on programs for underserved communities. 

As a filmmaker, she works on documentaries and narratives that celebrate the tenacity of the human spirit to overcome adversity against all odds. Her producing credits include When We Were Shuttle, a PBS documentary released October 2022 about the impact NASA’s shuttle program had on its community of workers, and the Emmy® Award-winning When We Were Apollo (W3A) for Best Historical documentary exploring the enduring impact of the Apollo Space Program through the eyes of extraordinary everyday workers who helped put a human on the moon, both directed by Zack Weil.  

  

She is a member of the New York Women in Film & TV and served as the Public Relations Chair (2010-2011) of the New York Chapter of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP). She holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science and energy and environmental studies from Hunter College of the City University of New York. 

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OLIVIA NARCISO

Web Designer  \\  Graphic Designer

Olivia Narciso is a graphic designer and illustrator based in New Haven County, Connecticut. She is inspired by the pursuit of social equality and strives to foster open and compassionate relationships no matter the project or purpose. Olivia has worked with various local creatives, businesses, and non-profit organizations across CT including New Haven's International Festival of Arts & Ideas. In addition to her 10+ years of graphic design experience, Olivia has a background in facilitating art therapy sessions to folks with IDDs (Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities) and has taught pre-k students various subjects through Reggio-Emilia inspired methods. In her free time, Olivia can be found reading graphic novels, taking walks, and spinning records. Portfolio: www.olivianarciso.com

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NANDAR GODOY 

Co-Founder  \\  Executive Producer

Nandar Godoy is from Quito, Ecuador, where she earned her first degree in Architecture at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito and is licensed to practice in Ecuador. She moved to New York in 2006 where she received a degree in Interior Design at NYU and a master’s degree in Sustainable Interior Environments from the New York School of Interior Design. Nandar has over 10 years of experience in new construction and renovation work for high-end residential interiors, ground up residential projects, and commercial buildings.  She is interested in tectonics as an art form and passionately believes humanity is the crucial element in creating spaces that are both engaging and functional.  Her feel for design and strong project management skills have made her stand out as a female leader in the industry. 

 

Nandar is a LEED Green Associate and is currently in the process of obtaining her NY state license. Nandar has been recognized for her love of community, culture, and philanthropy, supporting several non-profit organizations.  

 

She is a co-founder of MARAVILLA, a New York based independent organization dedicated to raising awareness of Latin America and its people through film and the arts.  Through MARAVILLA Nandar has initiated many programs, most notably the Ecuadorian Film Festival and the Venezuelan film festival in New York.

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GABRIELA PALLARES

Creative Director  \\  Graphic Designer

Ecuadorian designer, based in Quito, a founding partner of Bang Graphic Design, designer in Roberto Frisone's scenography workshop, design professor at the Catholic University of Ecuador and art director at Gká Proyectos de Comunicación.

 

She has experience in illustration, editorial design, corporate design, video graphics, as well as set design and interactive exhibits. In recent years, she has been in charge of the image of the Ecuadorian Film Festival in New York (EFFNY) since its inception and has also specialized in brand and packaging design.

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NADIA ACEVEDO

Guest Coordinator

Nadia grew up in Ecuador and studied Cinema in Paris, France. After her bachelor’s degree, she worked as an assistant director and directed and produced a couple of short films.  She earned a Master’s degree in Management & Economics in the Arts (Media & Film) and currently works as Head of Filmmaker Engagement at the LA-based virtual streaming platform, Show&Tell.