Juan C. Dávila
Director, producer, cinematographer
Documentary filmmaker, journalist and PhD student of Latin American and Latinx Studies at University of California-Santa Cruz (UCSC). His work focuses on environmentalism, social movements and globalization. Dávila has directed two feature documentary films: Compañeros de lucha (2012) and Vieques: una batalla inconclusa (2016). His documentary filmography also includes the short-documentary film, La generación del estanbai (2016), which won “Best National Short Film” at Festival Internacional de Cine Fine Arts in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Dávila is a former video-journalism fellow at Democracy Now! where he currently contributes as a correspondent. Among his works at Democracy Now! stands out his coverage of the Black Lives Matter protests in New York, the Paris Climate Conference, and the aftermath of hurricane María in Puerto Rico. His journalist work has also been featured in: TeleSur, the Huffington Post, the Washington Post, and the Indypendent. He holds a Bachelor in Arts of Communication from Universidad del Sagrado Corazón in Puerto Rico (2011) and a Master of Arts in Social Documentation from the UCSC (2015).
He has been arrested three-times for filming the police, while exercising his constitutional rights.
Social Media: @juancinedoc
Associate producer, cinematographer
Cinematographer, photographer, and director. She studied art and music in the School of Fine Arts in Carolina, Puerto Rico, and holds a Bachelor in Arts of Communication with a minor in Compared Literature from the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) in Río Piedras. Besides working as a filmmaker, Soto is also a graduated lawyer and holds a Juris Doctor from the UPR School of Law.
Soto has worked in the film and TV industry of Puerto Rico for more than ten years. Her directorial filmography includes two award-wining short films, La mala () and El segundo (). These two short films won awards at the BH Life Festival in Los Angeles, California. During the campaign to free Puerto Rico's political prisoner Oscar López Rivera, Soto directed the music video "Longer than Mandela" from rapper's Tego Calderón and Talib Kweli. Soto has also directed music videos for other Puerto Rican artists, such as Mima. She previously collaborated with Dávila as a camera operator in Vieques: una batalla inconclusa (2016).
Misael Rodríguez Quijano
Associate producer, cinematographer
Cinematographer, photographer, director, and entrepreneur. Rodríguez Quijano studied a Bachelor in Arts of Communication at the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) in Río Piedras. After graduating, he quickly began working as a production assistant, assistant camera, and assistant director. He has more than ten years of experience in the field. In 2011, he founded his own company, Elite Series Group, INC. The company offers services of photography, video, graphic design, and advertising. Among the company's most known projects is the development of basketball collectible cards for the National Basketball League of Puerto Rico (BSN), and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA).
On his artistic side, he has presented various photo exhibits, including Momentum (2010-2011) and Honduras desde mis ojos (2016). The first exhibit showcases his travels across Europe, and the second chronicles his experiences in a missionary travel. He previously collaborated with Dávila as a camera operator in Vieques: una batalla inconclusa (2016).
Social Media: @eliteseriespr
Diana Ramos Gutiérrez
Associate producer, New York
Journalist and researcher. She graduated from the Department of Hispanic Studies and History of Latin America at the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras campus.
She has collaborated with alternative media in Puerto Rico and Latin America, including Revista Cruce, Diálogo Digital, 80grados, Espacio Insular (Dominican Republic / Haiti), Cartel Urbano (Colombia), Nuestra Aparente Rendición (Mexico), El Andén (Argentina), Adital Agency (Brazil), Frontera D (Spain) among others. Ramos Gutiérrez is a master’s candidate in the Communication and Human Rights program at the Faculty of Journalism and Social Communication, at National University of La Plata in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is part of the editorial board of Radio Vieques, a community radio station focused on education, justice and peace and collaborates as a cultural organizer and community liaison in the Museum and Archive of the Historical Memory of Vieques.
Social Media: @dramosgutierrez
Gabriella Nicole Báez Reyes
Still photographer, production assistant
She is a documentary photographer selected in 2018 to participate in the first National Geographic Photo Camp in Puerto Rico, where she among her mentors and peers, developed a photo essay on resilience in the aftermath of hurricane María at coffee plantations in Adjuntas. She is currently working as a photojournalist for the Internews' "Information as Aid" initiative in Puerto Rico.
With less than a year of experience, Báez Reyes was selected in 2017 as "Student Photographer of the Year" by the Association of Puerto Rican Photojournalists and was awarded the "José Ismael Fernández Photojournalism Scholarship," for which she interned at GFR Media, one of the largest news organizations on the island. Her images have been published in Revista Espacialidades, Revista Trasunto, Revista Brinca Verja, Primera Hora, and El Nuevo Día. In January she was shortlisted for the 2019 "Magnum Foundation Photography and Social Justice fellowship." She was selected for the 2018 "New York Times Lens Portfolio Review" and the New York Times Summer Journalism Institute. One of her long-term goals is to establish a documentary photography curriculum in Puerto Rico.
Autonomous researcher and writer/storyteller. She/Her, They/Them. They graduated from the Comparative Literature program at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus in 2015 and since then they been working with different grassroots initiatives for specific short-term projects focused on open learning. These initiatives are Centro Universitario para el Acceso at UPR-Mayagüez, Maryland Out of School Time (MOST) Network, Baltimore's Workshop of Our Own, Westport Farmers Market, Baltimore Art Museum, EspicyNipples and Finca Pajuil.