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Filmmakers

STEPHANIE MARTINEZ– Director/Producer

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Stephanie is a news reporter at Voice of America in Washington, DC. She worked for almost four years as a freelance reporter for Telemundo Washington covering top stories ranging from controversial immigration issues to heated political topics brewing out of Capitol Hill. She has also filed stories with Univision and Connection Newspapers.

Currently, she’s pursuing a Masters of Professional Studies in Broadcast Journalism at the University of Maryland, College Park.

MAURA UGARTE– Editor/Co-Producer

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Maura Ugarte is a filmmaker, editor, producer and teacher based in Washington DC. Maura’s work is focused on community building and how media can be used to bridge economic, racial and cultural divides. Her documentary projects have been screened nationally and internationally; highlights include screenings at the True/False Film Festival, Palm Springs International and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions gallery. She has produced commissioned work for CurrentTV, and recently won a CINE Golden Eagle Award for her documentary, Through Fire and Water, on a severely injured Iraq War veteran and his experiences after returning home. Among the films she has edited, Waiting for Spring won the 2003 International Documentary Association’s Student Documentary Achievement Award for best documentary, and was distributed by the Dongsoong Art Centre. She has edited documentaries with award winning filmmakers such as Sherry Jones and Charlene Gilbert.

From 2005 to 2008, Maura received a fellowship from the Center for Social Media, where she produced documentaries and ran the outreach project for their documentary and fair use project. She has traveled nationally, conducting workshops and serving on panels at conferences on fair use and documentary film. Maura has an MFA degree in Film and Media Arts from American University, and a BA from Columbia College Chicago in film and video. Bio from: http://www.dividethemovie.com.

HELKIN RENE DIAZ– Director of Photography

Helkin is a photojournalist and cinematographer based in Bogotá, Colombia. In 2008 he filmed the documentary The Crown, which was nominated to the Academy Awards and received honorable mention at the Sundance Film Festival 2008. His work The Last Gamblers was nominated to the FNPI (Fundacion nuevo periodismo iberoamericano) prize in photography on July 2010. He was also the cinematographer for the environmental documentary Jala- A Journey Through the Senses of Water, a film about the Ganges river. Shot on the RED system.

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