We are comprised of experts from all the diverse mediums of the film industry with uniquely diverse backgrounds to best address the multicultural students we serve.
Jessica Just, CEO and Co-Founder, Creating Creators She is an actress, producer, and editor. She graduated from NYU-Tisch School of the Arts, with a degree in Film and TV Production. In the past Jessica worked for Miramax in post-production and Apostle Films for pre-production and development. She currently is a Partner at Open Perspective Media LLC, and co-creator of Creating Creators LLC - The Cinema Project a youth film development program designed to teach 21st century skills within the classroom and connect students to professionals. Since the age of 5, she has been a member of SAGAFTRA and has appeared in several international commercials, feature films, and TV shows.
Hipolito (Polo) was born in Guadalupe Victoria, Mexico in the central state of Durango. He immigrated to the United States in 1979 at the age of 11. He attended Queen of Angels High School Seminary, a preparatory high school nestled in the historic San Fernando Mission. As a seminarian, he was able to connect with his spirituality and developed a strong acumen for social justice. He served in the US Navy and after attended Cal State University at Long Beach. There he received a Political Science BA focused on International Relations and a minor in Communications. Immediately after college, he worked in the Pharmaceutical Industry as a sales representative. With his sales background he worked with Scholastic Book Fairs in developing the Latino school market in the Los Angeles area. His first production, “Flamenco Dreams,” in 2003 was distributed through Universal/Vivendo in partnership with Miles Copeland’s CIA distribution company. He is the Co-Founding Partner and Producer at Open Perspective Media, which produced LA Business Today, a talk show distributed on PBS Affiliate KLCS TV. He is also publisher of the online magazines, Latino Weekly Review and Landscape Latino. He serves as Vice President of the Board of the KLCS Education Foundation and is a Board Member of member of the Media Educators of Los Angeles. He also serves on the Board of SEEfest Film Festival.
Arthur Fishel, Writer and Director of short form and commercial that currently works in freelance screenplay development. Originally hailing from St. Louis, Missouri, he holds a BFA in Film Production from Chapman University. As a director, Arthur has been mentored by such illustrious filmmakers as John Badham (Saturday Night Fever, Wargames) and Jeff McCracken (Boy Meets World, Quiz Show) and has worked for such companies as Laura Ziskin Productions (Stand Up 2 Cancer, Spiderman) and Imagine Entertainment, (A Beautiful Mind, Da Vinci Code). In the past he has managed production for independent Commercial Production companies, where he produced, casted, and in some cases, directed infomercials, web videos, and advertising spots.
Margarita Reyes was born on March 15, 1977 in Escondido, California, USA. She is an actress and producer, known for The Sandman (2017) and Manos partidas (2008). Margarita Graduated from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Lead actress in Aloe Blacc's acoustic version of #Wake Me Up (2013). In October 2013, Blacc released the music video for the track "Wake Me Up". Blacc collaborated with the immigrant rights group National Day Laborer Organizing Network and the ABC* Foundation's Healing Power of Music Initiative. Voted Independent Filmmakers Alliance (IFA) September Actress of the Month (2007).
Luis Horacio Pineda (Born October 31, 1975) is a Mexican and American painter, architectural drafter, muralist, cartoonist, writer, producer and film director. He was born in Nogales, Arizona and raised in Sonora, Mexico. Pineda attended Universidad de Sonora at Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico and the University of Arizona at Tucson, Arizona. Pineda shoots and produces short films, animated films, TV Spots, documentary films, and music videos. As a painter and muralist, Pineda began his interest in film in 1999 when he was studying literature in Mexico. Pineda started drawing, painting, and writing at an early age and these early stages provided the crucial groundwork that is leading Pineda’s development as a filmmaker. Pineda not only has the usual credits of writing and directing his films, he also frequently serves as a storyboard artist, producer, director of photography, and script editor on his films.
Marius Biegai was born on April 27, 1968 in Krakow, Poland. Marius spent his college years in Ulm, where he obtained a major in Theatre from the " Theaterakademie Spielstatt Ulm". After college he worked in theatre & television in Munich and Berlin. He taught several acting workshops & joined director Gene Frankel's prestigious acting Master Class in New York, where he met Mexican actor - choreographer Veronica Falcón. On August 1998, they got married in a simple ceremony in Mexico City. Mr. Biegai has won twice (2012 & 2013) the Mexican equivalent of the People's Choice Award (The TV Novela Award) as part of the Best Ensemble Cast on a TV comedy series, for their work in Los Héroes del Norte (2010). Marius was at a time, the most successful foreign actor working in Mexico & he is a creative force behind many productions. His credits include several projects as producer, director & creative consultant. He's worked in advertisement, film, theater, opera & television. He has performed in ten different languages & he is fluent in German, Polish, French, Spanish & English. In 2014 Mr. Biegai moved to Los Angeles, where he lives his wife actor, Veronica Falcón Queen of the South (2016) & their only son.
Anna Spyrou is an awarded writer / director with experience in narrative films, music videos, commercials, and documentaries. Born and raised in Athens, Greece, the cradle of theater, her passion for storytelling runs in her blood. Anna’s short films have received awards at international film festivals in the US. Moreover, her feature film screenplay Silent Cries has received the Best Drama in Cannes Screenplay Contest, among other prestigious awards. Anna graduated with distinction from UCLA’s Directing Program in 2017 where she led the writer’s group. She also holds a BA in Graphic Design and she worked in advertising for a decade. She is currently in the development of her feature script. She also co-writes a feature screenplay with a production schedule next year. Anna is a member of the Greek Writers’ Guild, as well as member of WIF (Women in Films) in Los Angeles.
Jessica Silvetti is an award-winning writer and director. Originally from Mexico City, she received a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. To date she has completed several shorts, web series and a feature film. Her bilingual web series LOST MEMORIES, a narrative about Alzheimer’s disease, earned her a Breaking Boundaries – Visionary Women’s Award in 2017. IN ABSENTIA, an anthology series she wrote and directed with her partner, Ethan Kogan, has received much acclaim, including three International Academy of Web Television Awards nominations for Best Writing, Best Directing, Best Drama Series and a Best Writing at Raindance Film Festival. Presently she’s developing a one hour TV show with her partner and husband, Kogan, as well as a feature film she penned and plans to direct.
Eric Lin Hsu 許得力 is the founder of Yellow Peril Filmworks; a collaborative of writers, filmmakers and actors with a common goal of bringing women, POC, LGBTQ and other under represented communities in front of and behind the camera. He has directed music videos for hip hop artists Snoop Dogg, Wyclef Jean, Montel Jordan and more. His films have screened in festivals around the world including the International Film Awards Berlin and the VC Asian American Film Festival. His films have picked up awards at Urbanworld Film Festival, The New Orleans Media Experience, and the LGBT NY Pill Awards. Eric recently curated an art exhibit called ERASED: Asian Americans In Hollywood, a retrospective celebration. This interactive installation series shed light on the achievements of Asian American cinema stars or yesterday and today. The exhibit also turned an eye to the century long Hollywood phenomenon of yellow face.
Meryem Dipdere international producer and curator for films and film Festivals, worked in Amsterdam, London and now based in Los Angeles. Her career grounded in TV/Film development & production and the last 9 years in the planning and execution of a wide range of Film festivals and art exhibitions. Meryem moved to the US in 2016, Represented the official 90th Oscar-submission 'The Dark Wind' by Hussain Hassan. She has been involved as producer or curator for some of the most pioneering art-digital-film festivals in Europe,such as Alpha-Ville London and AFX in Amsterdam. She has also worked for international acclaimed festivals, like IDFA and the East End Film Festival in London. In recent years Meryem has been organizing exhibitions and art events that bring together art, social commentary and grassroots resistance. She has initiated successful shows with emerging street artists and established names in the London art scene. She has pioneered new formats for art shows and initiates art projects that inspire both audiences and artists to reconsider the relation between the arts and social movements.