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, Film Society of Lincoln Center, and BAMcinématek. 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, Margaret Mead Film Festival, SANFIC - Santiago Film Festival, and DocsDF, 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 in NY, Brazil and West Africa. 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, the Brazilian films: Até Quando (2008), Reaching for the Moon (2013), and for Grammy award winning singer Angelique Kidjo. Marcasiano has produced several films in Brazil: Ginga (Gustavo Moraes, 2004), Reaching for the Moon" (Bruno Barreto), Alair Gomes (Gustavo Moraes, in development), and in the U.S. a documentary film, Jack Lenor Larsen (2016) with CheckerBoard Films. 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 U.S. She is the programmer for Cinema Tropical’s Music+Film series and founder of their Brazilian film initiative Janeiro in New York. In 2007 Marcasiano created the Made With Love Project, a non-profit global initiative dedicated to raising funds and awareness for NGOs aiding women and children in need in Brazil, Africa and Haiti.
Laura Langer Rossi, Assistant Director
Currently enrolled at NYU’s Masters in Cinema Studies, Laura Langer Rossi holds a Bachelor degree in Communications with emphasis in Film from FAAP (Brazil); she has also studied Film at UCINE (Argentina) and Executive Production at AIC (Brazil). In the Industry, she has worked at the International Department of Brazilian production company Gullane and as an editor for many short films. As a researcher, she specializes in Brazilian culture, Third cinema, social issues and expanded concepts of realism.
Helena Papayanopulos, Intern
Laura Schwab Helena Papayanopulos was born in Veracruz Mexico, she majored in Communications at Universidad Iberoamericana (Mexico City) and she is currently studying at the New York Film Academy where she will obtain an MFA in Cinematography and TV Production. Throughout her professional career, she had the opportunity to work on different projects in which she has gained experience in writing, directing, producing and editing. She did some short films, documentaries, interviews, TV advertisements, political spots, music videos and behind the scenes for magazines covers.
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.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Co-founder, Cinema Tropical
Curator, The Museum of Modern Art
Executive Director, Women Make Movies
Carlos A. Gutiérrez
Cinema Tropical (ex officio)
Cinema Tropical's programs are made possible with the support of the New York State Council on the Arts
with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.