Our Staff and Board

STAFF

Carlos A. Gutiérrez, Co-Founder and Executive Director. Carlos A. Gutiérrez is a film/video programmer, cultural promoter and arts consultant based in New York City. As a guest curator, he has presented several film/video series at different cultural institutions, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, BAMcinématek, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco, CA) and Museo Rufino Tamayo (Mexico City). Along with Mahen Bonetti, he curated the 53rd edition of the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar. He is a contributing editor to BOMB magazine and has served as a member of the jury and the selection committees for various film festivals including the Morelia Film Festival, SANFIC - Santiago Film Festival, The Hamptons International Film Festival, The Asian American International Film Festival and New Fest: The New York Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, among others. He has served as both expert nominator and panelist for the Rockefeller Fellowship Program for Mexican Film & Media Arts and for The Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative, as well as a screening panelist for the Oscars' Academy Awards for film students. He holds MA in Cinema Studies from New York University and a BA in Communications from Universidad Iberoamericana (Mexico City).

Mary Jane Marcasiano, Director of Development and Special Projects. Mary Jane Marcasiano is the president of her eponymous design company in New York City and actively involved in the arts and non-profit community. She is a graduate of Parsons School of Design/The New School and the recipient of the Cartier, DuPont, Cutty Sark and Wool Knit Awards. Marcasiano has designed costumes for DanceBrazil, the New York City Ballet, RythMEK at Jacob’s Pillow and Cleo Parker Robinson as well as a short film in Brazil. For three years she served as the President of the Board of Directors of DanceBrazil, a non-profit foundation dedicated to cultural exchange between Brazil and the United States. In 2004 she produced a documentary film about Capoeira with director Gustavo Moraes. Drawing on her background in non-profit, Marcasiano recently launched "Made With Love in Brazil" in conjunction with "Fashion With a Heart," a groundbreaking program dedicated to producing and selling socially-responsible fashion that benefits NGO's in Brazil and the US.

Mara Behrens, Art Director. Mara Behrens was born and raised in Venezuela. In 1991, she moved to Mexico City where she completed a BA in Design at Universidad Iberoamericana. She lived in Paris, where she took Fine Art courses at George Pompidou Center. Between 1996 and 1999, she worked as Art Director in Editorial Televisa in Mexico City, where she was in charge of the design supervision of Harper's Bazaar. In 1999 she moved to New York City where she worked as Senior Art Director at the advertising agency Reynardus & Moya and as Creative Director at Venaca.com, a digital design firm.

Andrés M. Bayona, Intern. Social Communicator and Journalist at the Universidad de La Sabana in Bogotá based in New York City. He began my career as a Producer and Director's Assistant for Bichos, a TV show for children owned by RCN Television, one of the most important stations in Colombia. Additionally he worked as an anchor, producer and reporter for the News in English division directed by American journalist Brian Andrews. His experience in strategic communications continued at the Santafé Mall, the second largest shopping center in Colombia, where he served as the Communications Director in charge of developing strategies, performing spokespersons training and crisis management. Afterwards, he worked for he independent firm Dattis Comunicaciones, where he supported press events, one on one meetings with opinion leaders, implemented regional tours, and designed strategies for stakeholders such as clients, employees, authorities, journalists, editors, producers, and directors. He is currently earning his Master’s in Media Management at The New School.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

- Debbie Zimmerman, Executive Director, Women Make Movies
- Josh Siegel
, Associate Curator, Department of Film, The Museum of Modern Art
- Warren James
, Architect
- Fernando Ramírez
, Entertainment Lawyer
- Monika Wagenberg
, Director, Cartagena de Indias International Film Festival

- Carlos A. Gutiérrez
, Executive Director, Cinema Tropical (ex officio)