MARIA SERVELLÓN

Director, Writer, Producer, Actress (Act 4: Ria)

 

Maria Servellón is an award-winning filmmaker, multimedia artist, educator, and arts advocate from Boston, MA. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art and Japanese from the University of Massachusetts Boston, and her Master of Fine Arts in Film and Media Art from Emerson College. Her focus is film and photography, frequently dabbling in video installation art, digital art, drawing, painting, and design as well. A recurring theme in her work is the exploration of relations between art, music, and dance in a synaesthetic approach.

 

Maria's latest and most successful short film is Hyphen (2018). Her work has exhibited and screened in Boston, New York, California, and Mexico thus far. Along with art, she enjoys singing, dancing, acting, martial arts, and traveling. She was named one of 2018's "Latinos 30 Under 30" by El Mundo Boston and was a New England Film Star Award Finalist for 2019.
mariaservellon.com

ABIJEET ACHAR

Cinematographer

 

Born and raised in Durban South Africa, Abijeet Achar is an Emmy award winning cinematographer and director of Indian and Mauritian descent. At the age of twelve, Abijeet and his family immigrated to Toronto, Canada. Two years later, they immigrated to Atlanta, GA. This is where Abijeet found his passion for directing and cinematography, and refined his skills through film theory and history at the University of Georgia, where in 2012 he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies. He applied his newfound theoretical knowledge of film through the medium of music videos and short films. In 2016, Abijeet completed his M.F.A. in Visual and Media Art with a focus in Cinematography at Emerson College in Boston, MA.

Abijeet's thesis film, “My Indian Rhapsody,” which he wrote and directed, had it's world premiere at the 2017 Atlanta Film Festival and was a semifinalist in the 44th Student Academy Awards. In 2017, Abijeet and three partners founded Pineapple Cut Pictures, a production house based in Atlanta, GA, where he currently resides. During his MFA coursework, Abijeet was a cinematography Teaching Assistant, and the Steadicam workshop instructor. Through engaging personal stories and captivating composition in the ever-changing film industry landscape, Abijeet hopes to redefine what it means to be a Cinematographer.
http://abijeetachar.com

TIM WOJCIK

Producer, Line Producer

 

Tim Wojcik is an artist, creative producer and educator whose works in soundscapes, media environments and found and written narratives. While his early work explored varied narrative forms, it has evolved to focus on abstractions of light and sound to explore notions of universality in the familiar and the mundane. Tim has worked as a teacher, digital media trainer, and youth media facilitator in Massachusetts, Texas, Germany, and China. He received a BA in English from Duke University and studied non-fiction at FAMU in Prague. He was a guest student at KHM in Cologne while preparing for his MFA thesis work in Media Art at Emerson College in Boston.
http://vimeo.com/timwojcik 

LISSA DEONARAIN

Co-Producer

 

Lissa Deonarain is a Guyanese-American documentary filmmaker, producer and activist from Omaha, Nebraska. She received her B.A. from Emerson College in Media Arts Production with a concentration in Documentary Filmmaking and Producing and a minor in Global and Postcolonial Studies. Her films explore social justice issues and themes such as identity, belonging and memory, largely inspired by her own experiences as a chronically ill, multiracial woman and daughter of an immigrant.

Alongside filmmaking, Lissa Deonarain is a classically trained pianist who dabbles in poetry, writing, photography, makeup and art. She is an avid language learner, travel enthusiast and amateur archivist. She also is a social justice activist passionate about environmental issues around recycling and water, racial equity and justice, and accessibility. She served as the first ever President of Flawless Brown, an artist collective for women and femmes of color at Emerson College from 2016-2018. She hopes to pursue her Masters in Library and Information Science in the near future.
http://lissadeonarain.com

AARON WEISS

Associate Producer

 

Aaron Weiss is a producer and filmmaker. He started his film career in producing and obtaining funding for crowdfunding projects. As a filmmaker, Aaron has worked with many companies, including the Food Network, Gold Mountain Beauty, BostonSpeaks, and Bevi. Working with these companies and in fundraising has led him to learn all about the ins and outs of funding. Aaron enjoys providing good catering for film sets as he believes all filmmakers and shifters need to be fed well.

NIKOLETTA KANAKIS

Editor

 

Nikoletta Kanakis grew up outside of Detroit, Michigan to a first-generation Greek-American family. At 17 years old, she desired to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts, but outside pressure led her to reconsider. She received her Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Socio-Cultural Anthropology from Boston University in 2003. In 2004, she enlisted in the United States Air Force, as a Broadcast Journalist, and served active duty for four years where she lived in Japan and New Mexico and served a tour, in Iraq, in 2007. Following the military, she moved to Australia for four years and briefly returned back to Detroit and began graduate school applications.

 

She matriculated into Emerson's Master of Fine Arts Film and Media program and moved back to Boston in 2012. The same year, after a five year hiatus from military service, she enlisted in the Massachusetts Air National Guard. While serving, she was state-activated to document the manhunt for the Boston Marathon bomber in Watertown, Massachusetts. In 2014, she took a semester off of grad school to deploy to Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations, in Dover, Delaware. Her time spent at the mortuary inspired the idea for her MFA animated thesis film, Vernon and Violet, which was completed in April 2017. Her professional interests range from production to post-production, but she has a penchant for editing. 
vimeo.com/nikolettakanakis 

MONICA LYRAE

Composer

Monica Lyrae is a film composer and singer-songwriter from Monterrey, Mexico. She grew up always surrounded by music because of her family, who in spite of not being professional musicians have always been contagious about their passion for music. She began composing and writing at a very early age and began her musical training as a classical pianist in the conservatory ‘Escuela Superior de Música y Danza de Monterrey’. Following her passion for storytelling and her interest in visual arts and film, she decided to pursue a degree in Film Scoring at Berklee College of Music in 2013. After graduating in 2017 she returned to Mexico, where she is currently working on her upcoming album and making music for films and video games. 
monicalyrae.com

ANJANA QUINTANA-GONZÁLEZ

Act 1: Mimi

 

Anjana Quintana-González is a lovely, friendly, and happy girl who loves gymnastics, ballet, dancing, acting, and having fun with her friends. She was born in Germany, grew up in San Diego, CA and is now living in Boston, MA. During her time in CA, she worked for the Bensimon Modeling/Acting Agency where she participated in different projects including TV commercials, films, and magazines photo shoots. Although she is only 8 years old, she has had the opportunity to live in different countries with different cultures, religions, and languages, which has influenced her personality and has inspired her to dream of a better world.

NAYELI CINTRÓN

Act 2: Maia

 

Bilingual Nayeli Cintrón is a dedicated Puerto Rican artist with a longtime passion for dance, modeling, and the arts. In 2013 she was selected as the junior queen of the Massachusetts Puerto Rican Festival. In 2013, she participated in the Telemundo Boston Christmas ad.


At age 7, she began dancing at the Tony Williams Dance Center in Jamaica Plain. She was chosen to play the lead role in the Urban Nutcracker, a Boston Christmas classic with 17 years of success, and has participated for the past 8 years. She was part of the Fuerza Internacional group, performing different Latin American dances at various East Coast festivals. Nayeli has modeled for New York designer Wanda Beuchamp's Tea Collection during NY Fashion Week 2017, RI Summer Fashion Day, and Anna Maven Kids Boston Fashion Week. Nayeli actively participates in food drives and walks for Alzheimer's Awareness.

ROSANNA JIMÉNEZ

Act 3: Mia

 

Rosanna Jiménez is a first-generation Dominican-American from Massachusetts. She grew up with a love for films and books. Rosanna has a degree from Suffolk University and currently juggles a career as an IT research analyst along with pursuing acting projects that inspire her. 

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