Anayansi Prado – Director/Producer – is an award-winning documentary filmmaker who has taught and showcased her work throughout the U.S., Latin America, Asia & Africa. Anayansi was born in Panama and moved to the United States as a teenager. Her debut documentary Maid inAmericaabout Latina domestic workers in Los Angeles, CA screened nationally on the PBS series Independent Lens. Her second production, the award-winning documentary Children in NoMan’s Landabout unaccompanied minors crossing the US/Mexico border screened in more than 30 countries around the world. Paraiso forSale, her third independent production, takes Prado back to her homeland, Panama to document the impact American retirees and developers are having on the local community of Bocas del Toro Panama. Paraiso for Sale is being broadcast nationally on PBS and has won numerous film festival awards. Anayansi is an Adjunct Professor at Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Media Arts. She also works on a regular basis with the State Department’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs to bring documentary filmmaking production and photography training to people in developing countries. She’s taught in Burma, Angola, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Singapore, Nicaragua, Colombia, Peru, and Paraguay. She also serves as a Film Expert on the US State Department’s film program The American Film Showcase (2013-14). Ms. Prado is a recipient of a Rockefeller Media Fellowship and has received funding from The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Creative Capital, Latino Public Broadcasting, The Paul Robeson Media Fund, and many other foundations. Anayansi is the founder of Impacto Films and the non-profit Impacto Project with the mission to bring photography and video training to youth in developing countries. She holds a BA in Film from Boston University. Anayansi resides in Los Angeles, California.
Victor Mares - Director of Photography
Victor Mares – Director of Photography - Born in Lima, Peru, growing up Victor Mares was educated in Costa Rica, Canada, Argentina and Panama. In 2004, Victor graduated from the EICTV – The International Film School in Cuba, focusing on documentary filmmaking. In 2005 he attended the German Film Academy Filmakademie Baden-Württeberg and continued his studies in the field of documentary production. Mares also attended the IPAD – Institute of Art and Design in Lima, Peru where he studied photography. His award-winning documentary Symphonic Episodes (Episodios Sinfonicos), about the cycle of everyday life in Cuba, screened at various film festivals throughout the world including the Taiwan International Documentary Festival, The Chicago International Documentary Festival and The Tirana International Film Festival in Albania. From 2005 through 2007, Mares served a Editor-in-chief of the award winning production company Apertura Films in Panama City, Panama. Mares is currently editing the documentary Reinas by Panamanian filmmaker, Ana Endara.
Esteban Arguello - Editor
Esteban Arguello – Editor – Originally from Argentina, Esteban Argüello is a director/editor working and living in Los Angeles. Recently he has edited a number of successful documentaries including Amazon Goldfor the Clinton Global Initiative, Paraiso for Sale directed by Anayansi Prado, and Bhutto produced by Yellowpad Productions which premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. In addition to documentaries, Esteban has worked on a variety of narrative films and TV shows such as Single Ladies, Karma Calling, The mun2 Hookup, House, and Numb3rs. He has also won awards for his editing work on August 15th directed by Jiang Xuan, a short film that was an official selection of the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and 2008 Cannes Cinéfondation. In 2009, he was awarded Film Independent’s Project:Involve Fellowship. His mentor was award winning director Rodrigo Garcia. He currently splits his time between Beijing and Los Angeles.
Jamie Holeman - Educational Distribution & Outreach Coordinator
Jamie Holeman - Educational Distribution & Outreach Coordinator - is a freelance researcher and grant writer with a Master’s Degree in History from the University of Pittsburgh. She specializes in Latin American history and the history of slavery and abolition in the Americas. She is currently interested in Native American history in the West. Jamie graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science from California State University, Northridge. She is the recipient of numerous academic awards and research grants and has conducted archival research in the United States, Europe and Latin America. When not walking dogs at her local animal shelter, she helps documentary filmmakers increase the presence of their films in universities and creates educational materials for the classroom. Jamie has recently worked with Impacto Films, United Notions Film, Hokan Media Productions and Vaquera Films. She is a published author.
Lyn Goldfarb - Supervising Producer
Lyn Goldfarb – Supervising Producer - Lyn Goldfarb is an academy award nominated Producer and Director. She’s the executive producer of THE NEW LOS ANGELES, one of four documentaries in CALIFORNIA AND THE AMERICAN DREAM series, which she executive produced with Paul Espinosa and Jed Riffe. The Series was broadcast nationally on PBS in April 2006. Goldfarb is the Producer of HOLY IMAGE, HALLOWED GROUND: ICONS FROM SINAI, produced for the J. Paul Getty Museum to accompany the ICONS FROM SINAI exhibit. Lyn Goldfarb is Executive Producer, Producer, Director (with Deborah Ann DeSnoo) and Writer (with Joan Owens Meyerson and Deborah Ann DeSnoo) of the three hour series JAPAN: MEMOIRS OF A SECRET EMPIRE. She is Executive Producer, Director and Producer of the four hour THE ROMAN EMPIRE IN THE FIRST CENTURY, also part of DDE and PBS's EMPIRES documentary series. She was awarded an AFI Enhanced Television Workshop fellowship for THE ROMAN EMPIRE IN THE FIRST CENTURY.
Original score – Robert F. Trucios Featuring music by - Ruben Blades Supervising editor – Tom Miller Additional editing – Carla Gutierrez Additional Cinematography – Hilda Mercado, Anayansi Prado Funders - Latino Public Broadcasting, Creative Capital Foundation, ITVS Diversity Development Fund
Paraiso for Sale crew and cast members at the Los Angeles Film Festival world premiere, June 2011
Left to right: Lyn Goldfarb, Feliciano Santos, Anayansi Prado, Karan Schreiber, Dario Vanhorne & Esteban Arguello.