Sebastian Diaz is a New York based filmmaker and Emmy awarded editor (THE AND web series) originally from Mexico. His short documentary TOÑITA'S was a part of MoMA Documentary Fortnight 2014. His feature doc BRILLIANT SOIL was awarded the Material Culture & Archeology Film Prize at RAI Fest of Ethnographic Film, Edinburgh 2011. Sebastian photographed and edited the award winning documentary TIJUANEADOS ANONYMOUS. He co-founded BULBO Art Collective, which produced a documentary series broadcast in US and Mexico about Tijuana-San Diego border culture where he was raised (Univision & Channel 22). His work has been exhibited internationally at MoMA (NY), ARCO (Madrid), The MAK Museum (Vienna), InSite_05 (Tijuana-San Diego), among many others. He has recently produced work for organizations such as the BBC, the Guggenheim Museum and Carnegie Hall. Sebastian curates Mexican cinema in different venues in New York with his 'Proyector' film series. MELISSA SAUCEDO is a documentary filmmaker from Northeast Mexico. She moved to NYC with The Fulbright Scholarship in 2011. Her documentary, The Coalmen, about the harsh working conditions of coal miners in Mexico, was awarded at Monterrey International Film Festival in 2010. She cofounded the production company Trenza Films where she produced short films for nonprofits and organized documentary film screenings. In NYC she currently works at The Documentary Group and previously she worked at Quit Pictures, American Documentary - POV, and UnionDocs. As an independent filmmaker she focuses on issues of health, gender, education, and immigration. She won the Jamses Aronson Award for Social Justice for her film 'Before David' regarding women's mental health during pregnancy. She holds a MFA from Hunter College, CUNY. She is part of the Diverse Filmmakers Alliance and curates Mexican films for Proyector.
Puerto Rican-born composer and multi-instrumentalist Angélica Negrón writes music for accordions, robotic instruments, toys and electronics as well as chamber ensembles and orchestras. Her music has been described as “wistfully idiosyncratic and contemplative” (WQXR/Q2) and “mesmerizing and affecting” (Feast of Music) while The New York Times noted her “capacity to surprise” and her “quirky approach to scoring”. Angélica has been commissioned by the Albany Symphony, Bang on a Can All-Stars, A Far Cry, MATA Festival, loadbang and the American Composers Orchestra, among others. She is currently an Artist-in-Residence at National Sawdust working on a lip sync opera titled Chimera for drag queen performers and chamber ensemble exploring the ideas of fantasy and illusion as well as the intricacies and complexities of identity. Angélica is the composer in residence for the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra for their 2018-2019 season and is currently a doctoral candidate at The Graduate Center (CUNY), where she studies composition with Tania León and focuses on the work of Meredith Monk for her dissertation.
Daniela Galarza, a trained chef, is Senior Editor for the site Eater.
Carmen Hermo joined the Brooklyn Museum's Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art’s curatorial team as Assistant Curator in June 2016 and was appointed Associate Curator in 2018. She curated Roots of "The Dinner Party": History in the Making (2017), co-organized Marilyn Minter: Pretty/Dirty (2016–17), the Brooklyn presentation of Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960–1985 (2018), and Half the Picture: A Feminist Look at the Collection (2018), and assisted with initiatives for the 10th anniversary of the Sackler Center, A Year of Yes: Reimagining Feminism at the Brooklyn Museum. Carmen also works to support the permanent collection and serves on the Council for Feminist Art and Young Leadership Council patron groups.
Previously, she was Assistant Curator for Collections at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (2010–16), where she served on the museum’s Young Collectors Council acquisition committee devoted to acquiring and supporting the work of emerging artists. While there, she researched and promoted the Guggenheim’s permanent collection, overseeing the Collection Online and the outgoing loans program, and worked on acquisitions, collection management, and special projects. She co-curated the contemporary collection exhibitions Now’s the Time: Recent Acquisitions (2012–13) and Storylines: Contemporary Art at the Guggenheim (2015). She has previously worked with the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Museum of Modern Art.
Carmen received her B.A. in Art History and English from the University of Richmond and is pursuing an M.A. in Art History at Hunter College. Her interests include contemporary performance in the museum context, politically engaged artist projects, early video art technologies, and the postwar artists of Latin America and Latinx artists in the United States. Carmen lives in Jersey City.
Aarón Montoya-Moraga is a Chilean artist, electrical engineer and educator who writes software for audiovisual interactive installations, live performances and reactive websites, and creates media arts learning materials in spanish.as an artist, he is one half of va la paloma, a noise multimedia duo based in santiago de chile, and part of the posternura artists collective. He performs solo as Víctor Raúl y sus maquinitas, a one-man audiovisual band.
He has worked as a programmer and translator for The Processing Foundation, Critter & Guitari, Contemponet, Dave & Gabe, Delight Lab and María José Contreras Lorenzini. His work has been exhibited at the NYC CS Fair, the World Maker Faire, alt-ai, Salamanca Moves, Santiago Off Festival, among others. He was a recipient of a grant from the Chilean ministry of education to fund his graduate studies at the the interactive telecommunications program, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, where he is currently a research resident. He is a co-director and teacher at Coded, a school for media arts in Santiago de Chile, where he teaches free and open source tools for media arts, such as processing, p5.js, chuck and pure data.
Stephanie Orentas is a manager, curator and producer. She is a multifaceted forward thinker that centers her work in showcasing Latinx music, performing arts and beyond. She firmly puts artists first; managing Combo Chimbita, a tropical futurism band, and Bembona, a Panamanian-Boricua DJ and artist. She holds a crucial role in the festival-service organization globalFEST, running the day-to-day which includes the flagship festival, free conference and more. In the past she’s worked at renown NYC record shop Other Music, co-founded youth art program Casa Experimental, and worked closely with small nonprofit teams at Writing On It All. Currently, she sits on the advisory board for New Latin Wave.
Melissa Saucedo moved to NYC to study the Integrated Media Arts MFA program at Hunter College, CUNY thanks to The Fulbright - Garcia Robles Scholarship. She holds a B.A. in Marketing and a M.S. in Communications. She has directed and edited feature documentary films in Mexico and is currently working on her thesis project about doulas. She was an intern at POV from Fall 2013 to Winter 2014, and was part of the Story Team Winter/Spring 2013 at UnionDocs.
Founder and director of New Latin Wave and Ponk Productions.