Director, Producer, Editor
Alexandra Hidalgo’s filmmaking journey began in 2009 when, having no training in the cinematic arts, she traveled to her native Venezuela and made a short documentary about Venezuelans’ infatuation with breast implants. The resulting film, Perfect, has screened at national and international film festivals and is currently being taught in college courses across the country. Having fallen in love with crafting moving images, Alexandra has continued her exploration of life behind the camera, making a number of short documentaries, completing a book about feminist filmmaking, and teaching film and video production at Michigan State University, where she is an assistant professor. She is the founder and editor-in-chief of agnès films, an online community of women filmmakers.
Producer, Director of Photography
Shanele Alvarez is a freelance cinematographer who finds filmmaking a means of expressing her passion for culture, education, and photography. She received a Master’s degree in Screenwriting from California State University Northridge and her MFA in Film Production with a focus in Cinematography from the University of Miami. Following graduation, Shanele moved to New York, where she worked on a variety of projects and became producer and director of photography for DPTV, an online cinematography magazine. Having moved back to California, she continues to develop her film career as producer, director of photography, and camera operator. Recently she worked as producer on a multitude of projects, as director of photography on feature films, documentaries, and commercials, and as camera operator on projects for HBO, ESPN, and BBC, among others.
Venezuelan-born composer Ricardo Lorenz’s orchestral pieces have been performed by, among others, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, American Composers Orchestra, and New World Symphony, and by premier orchestras in Germany, Spain, the Czech Republic, Mexico, Venezuela, and Brazil. His orchestrations have also been featured in international festivals such as Carnegie Hall’s Sonidos de las Américas, Ravinia Festival, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, and France’s Berlioz Festival. As a performer and arranger, Ricardo has worked with Tito Puente, David Sánchez, Claudia Pérez, and other groundbreaking Latina/o musicians. He is an associate professor and chair of the composition area at Michigan State University’s College of Music.
New-York-based sound recordist Joseph Morales has worked on independent features (Gut, Murder Dance, The Weekend), short films (Not Dark Yet, The Lemon, Temma, Mr. Bear ), and web series (The Mel and El Show, Pop Up NY, Caitlin Jones Saves The Day). He has also done promotional work for CBS New York and WLNY, and a United States’ State Department’s international PR campaign, as well as commercial work for local businesses. In 2014, he began directing and co-producing In The Kitchen With Caitlin, a cooking-based talk show, which aired its first season on the Manhattan Neighborhood Network and on Youtube.