Writer and Director
Anike Tourse is a multimedia maker with accomplishments both in front of, and behind, the scenes. She has written for television series including “One Life to Live” and “Girlfriends,” and is the writer and director of award-winning short film “America; I Too,” starring Academy Award nominee Barkhad Abdi and now in distribution with New Day Films. Anike’s projects in development include animated short film “Frances the Fish” about the little salmon that could and a children’s story and short film about children biking on Yom Kippur in Tel-Aviv, Israel.
Angelica Salas executive produced CHIRLA's “Know Your Rights” video and the award- winning short film “America; I Too” starring Academy award nominee Barkhad Abdi. As the Executive Director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA), Angelica helped win in-state tuition for undocumented immigrant students and has led efforts to allow all California drivers to obtain a driver's license. She is a leading spokesperson on federal immigration policy and has helped convene a coalition of California organizations which have mobilized millions of immigrants to demand comprehensive immigration reform including legalization with a path to citizenship, family reunification, and the protection of civil and labor rights. Angelica holds a B.A. from Occidental college.
Emiliana Guereca is an activist, feminist, entrepreneur, founder and president of Women’s March Foundation. She is the driving force behind the 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 official Women’s Marches in Los Angeles. Emiliana advocates for women’s rights, Latino education, and gender equality and has served as the bridge between community organizations and coalition building that spans national levels. Emiliana has been awarded the National Women's Political Caucus: Women of Courage Award 2019, the State of California: Pioneer Women of 2017 Award, the HOPE: Latina of the Year Award 2017, LA County: Pioneer Women of 2018 and the Pat Brown Institute: Civic Engagement Award 2018.
The Associate Producer for “America’s Family” and the Managing Director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA), Zerihoun Yilma is an immigrant from Ethiopia, committed to fighting racial, economic, and social inequality. He serves as a Board member of the Californians for Human Immigrant Rights Leadership Action Fund, the Casa Libre Shelter/ Freedom House (CHRCL), for Immigrant Defenders (IMMDEF) and is the Board Chair for Black Alliance for Just Immigration. Zerihoun is co-founder of the African Communities Public Health Coalition (African Coalition), co-founder of the Academia Moderna, a longtime member of Black Immigration Network (BIN) and has served as vice president of the Virgin Mary Ethiopian Orthodox Cathedral. Zerihoun earned a Masters in accounting and cost accounting from Poona University and a BA in industrial management from Shivaji University in India.
Daniel Sollinger has produced close to 70 narrative feature films including, “Clean,” “Girls Against Boys,” “L.A. Slasher,” “K-town Cowboys” and “Dark Summer.” He has also the producer of more than 400 commercials, music videos, and short films for clients including Pepsi, Warner Brothers Records, CBS, Sony, and Comedy Central and has worked with such artists as Will Smith, LL Cool J and A Tribe Called Quest. Daniel has produced documentaries “Rhyme & Reason” and “Immortality or Bust” which he also directed. He is a graduate of New York University’s Film School and is a member of the Producer’s Guild of America and the Director’s Guild of America.
Nadia has produced award-winning public service announcements for the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA) and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, commercials for Fortune 500 clients and multimedia jobs for the U.S. Hispanic-Multicultural Market over the past 20 years. Nadia’s spots have garnered such awards as Palm d’Ors, Sols, Clios, Addys and Beldings. Nadia has written and produced several short films including the award-winning “Ending Up” and “Behind Closed Doors,” among other documentaries on homelessness, racism, broken childcare system and public education in the U.S. Nadia has also worked for TV with BBC “Conquistadors” and CNN “Newsstand” with Director Consuelo González and is a member of Women in Films. Nadia has a BA at Sarah Lawrence College.
Diana Haro & Paulina Villalba
This production duo based in Tijuana had a hand in "Miss Bala". Diana began about 2011 in independent films while Paulina started ten years ago at an entertainment group based in Los Angeles. In the past two years their paths crossed with the CANANA production company. This is where they worked on the project "Miss Bala" and Netflix bio series: LUIS MIGUEL. This particular project was released in Netflix Latin America and Telemundo in the US.
Christian Misael Palma Montaño
Mexican cinematographer and photographer Christian Misael Palma Montaño has directed the award-winning documentary series “Caminos de Inclusion,” “La Culpa no es Mia,” and “La Piel,” as well as short films “Lorena Ramirez; Raramuri Runner,” the TV Azteca piece “The Mixtec People Who Stole his Soul” (Winner of the National Cultural Journalism Award 2018). Christian’s photographs have been published in such publications as The Guardian, The New York Times, Washington Post, La Jornada, El Universal and many more. As a photo journalist he has covered the Haíti earthquake in 2010, the Pan-American Games of Rio de Janeiro 2007; the World Cup of Soccer Germany 2006, and the Beijing Olympic Games held in 2008.
Raul Pacheco is a seasoned Composer with over 30 credits including works as “Meet the Fockers”; “Mr & Mrs. Smith”;” Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories”; “Dear John”; “Get Him to the Greek” and “The Duff”. He is the lead guitarist, composer and one of the founding members of the worldly jam band Ozomatli, known both for its activist viewpoints and the wide array of musical styles - including salsa, jazz, funk, reggae, rap, and others. Having released seven studio albums with Ozomatli, Pacheco plays an active role in the evolution of the band and is at the forefront of assimilation in music, politics and activism.
Rudik is an Assistant Finishing Editor at Disney Streaming and formerly an Associate Video editor for Hulu. Rudik also assistant edited the feature documentary “The Unafraid,” about undocumented students in the state of Georgia. Rudik co-directed and co-edited “Double blind”, the first television pilot ever produced in an academic setting. He premiered his dramatic YouTube series “So Far So Good” at the Pasadena International Film Festival and has edited a web docu-series BIVA Sessions profiling Los Angeles based artists. Rudik is a graduate from both the UCLA Undergrad and Graduate Film & Television programs.
Barry Alexander Brown
Barry Alexander Brown is best known for collaborations with film director Spike Lee, editing some of Lee's best known films including Do the Right Thing, Malcolm X , He Got Game , 25th Hour , Inside Man and BlacKkKlansman, the latter of which earned him a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Film Editing at the 91st Academy Awards. Brown co-directed the documentary film The War at Home , for which it was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature and was one of the youngest nominees for the category. Brown directed Son of the South for which he was recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Cannes International Film Festival.
Robb Hart is a Director, Producer, Editor and VFX artist who has edited film, tape and every digital format invented so far; shot all over the world and has produced all kinds of projects with a huge range of budgets and personnel. Now helming Robb Hart Pictures, Robb provides high-end visual effects and editing to advertising agencies and production companies, specializing in complex digital work such as: product replacement, integration of 3D and live action, green screen and other types of screen sorcery.