Biographies

Mary-Lyn Chambers

Director/Writer/Producer

Mary-Lyn Chambers was born in Fiji, raised in New Zealand and currently resides in Los Angeles. She is known for tackling stories about inequality in the narrative space in Spanish and English and is a directing Fellow in both the Sony Pictures Television Diverse Directors Program and Film Independent's Project Involve. She is currently in the career advancement program through the Alliance of Women Directors.

 

In 2019, Chambers won a $25,000 grant from Film Independent to create a PSA Commercial for Children’s Institute. Her 1920s pilot TIJUANA screened at Slamdance, Bentonville, NewFilmmakersLA, Hollyshorts and nominated for the Imagen Award.   Her pilot THE PLURAL OF BLOOD won "Best TV Pilot" at the 2018 Downtown Los Angeles Film Festival and has been released on Amazon Prime. DEBRIS (ESCOMBROS), exploring child refugees in US Immigration Detention Centers screened in three programs during the 2016 Cannes Film Festival in addition to traveling the globe winning several awards including 'Best International short" Film from Manchester Film Festival and "Best Female Director" from Hollyshorts.

 

Chambers is known for hiring women and minorities and is vocal about inclusion and equality.

She spent a decade working on the Spirit Awards and the LA Film Festival. Between 2010-2013, she worked in Qatar for the Doha Tribeca Film Festival.

 

David Plascencia

Producer/Actor

Role: Manuel

David Plascencia was born into poverty in Tijuana, Mexico and emigrated to the United States at the age of 7 where he met and lived with his aerospace engineer father. At a young age, David discovered his passion for acting and often lived in his imagination to escape the sadness of being apart from his mother and being forced to live with strangers. He credits his success to his father's strict upbringing and mantra to never give up.

 

In 2012, he pursued his acting dream and began studying method acting techniques from his coach Jill Place (a student of Uta Hagen and Lee Strasberg). In 2018, due to the lack of Latino diversity in the industry, David started the production company David Blak Productions and produced his first film Tijuana.

 

Cynthia Bravo

Producer

Cynthia Bravo has successfully produced over 20 independent projects ranging from award-winning feature films, short films, corporate videos to award-winning commercials. Previous films include the feature film Hide In The Light directed by Mikey McGregor, the award-winning feature film The Last Night Inn directed by John Heath; co-production of the award-winning feature film Actor For Hire by Marcus Mizelle, the associated production of the award-winning feature film The Broken Legacy by Miguel Garzon, Blue Line starring Tom Sizemore and School’s Out by Jared Cohn. Bravo is also the founder of Glix for the Arts, a 501(c)(3) non- profit organization that provides free guidance and resources to upcoming filmmakers.

 

Ludovica Isidori

Cinematographer

Italian, cinematographer, Ludovica Isidori holds an MA in Cinema and Television studies from IULM, Milano and an MFA in Cinematography from AFI, Los Angeles; where she received the Olivadotti Scholarship for craftsmanship excellence. In 2015, Ludovica was selected as a Cinematography Fellow for Project Involve, the diversity program of Film independent. DEBRIS, the short movie she shot during the program, won the Manchester Film Festival and was screened at the American Pavilion in Cannes. In 2017/18, Ludovica shot two feature films. The Blackout, for the Argentinian director Daniela De Carlo, and Test Pattern for director Shatara Ford. She has won multiple awards including Best Cinematography at the Gary International Black Film Festival, the il Premio Daniele Cipri per la fotografia, Italy and at the Movie Valley Film Festival.

 

Ilana Guralnik

Lead Actress;

Role: Carmen

Born in Russia, raised in San Francisco, Ilana Guralnik began acting at the age of 5. Her love of acting followed her from a French school in San Francisco to UC Davis where she received a bachelor's degree in Psychology and a Master's degree in Communications.

 

She worked with Aaron Sorkin for a role in the final season of HBO's "The NEWSROOM" and her first lead role in a feature film entitled, Nowhere Girl is available on Amazon, and other digital media.  She recently wrapped a couple other features Nightclub Secrets, and Disney's Jungle Cruise and has appeared on various TV shows including NBC's Chicago PD, FOX's Brooklyn Nine-Nine, HBO's Veep and CBS's Macgyver.  Ilana received her Master's Degree in Communications by age 22 and fluently speaks 5 languages, and is currently learning her sixth.

 

Enrique Castillo

Actor

Role: Mayor Juarez:

Enrique Castillo is an amazingly gifted actor/writer/director. He received a SAG Award nomination for his performance of Cesar on Weeds. His career began as part of Luis Valdez’s Teatro Campesino and has gone on to work on over 50 feature films and TV series. Among his many projects, he’s stared in in the Oscar nominated El Norte and A Beautiful Life, TV Series NCIS, LA and Major Crimes and the classic film Blood in Blood Out where his performance as Montana was critically acclaimed.