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Latinos Unidos

The Official Team

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founder | festival director
Danny Hastings
Danny Hastings CEO, Director, Editor, Photographer, Actor, Writer
With over 20+ years experience in the arena of professional photography, with an impressive portfolio of A-List Celebrities, Album Art, Music Videos, Advertising Campaigns and Live Events. A red-hot member of the creative and media industry, Hastings has captured the changing American landscape through his unique and insightful point of view.  He founded the festival in response to the 2015 Oscar’s lack of Latino representation in film.
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Vee Bravo

Vee Bravo

Vice President, Education Programs

Vee is a New York based media activist, educator and filmmaker who has documented youth culture, hip hop and politics over the past two decades. During this time period he initiated a series of arts and entertainment programs for adolescent and adult inmates at Rikers Island, New York’s largest detention center. From 2000-2009 he curated films and produced live music events that reached an excess of 10,000 inmates. In 2009 Bravo co-produced Estilo Hip Hop, a PBS broadcast documentary film that chronicled the rise of hip hop activism across Chile, Brazil, and Cuba. Bravo has also served as media educator and consultant for a variety of arts and filmmaking educational institutions including the Global Action Project, Urban Arts Partnership and the Maysles Institute where he served as Education Director from 2009-2011. At TFI he oversees a cross section of filmmaking programs that service over 18,000 public school students and teachers.

Moderator for Las Jefas Block in NYC
Julia Carias-Linares
JULIA CARIAS-LINARES is the creator of Big Deals In Fancy Heels, a occu-docu and home design hybrid television series, featuring four successful female real estate professionals, who together have closed billion dollar deals in NYC. She’s a producer and television executive whose career trajectory has taken her into TV, motion pictures, short films, commercials and digital content. Carias-Linares’ expertise is in sourcing projects, developing talent and securing intellectual properties. She has worked for three of A+E Television Networks’ brands – Lifetime, A&E and fyi,. She was part of the core team that rebranded the Biography channel into the lifestyle brand, fyi,. And, was part of the Development and Programming team that produced some of the top-rated series for fyi, network including Married Life (2017 Primetime Emmy Consideration), Married At First Sight (2015 Critics Choice Awards Nominee), Seven Year Switch and many more. In 2017, she executive produced Kiki Mobile, a one-hour, weekly entertainment magazine show on-wheels.
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Alma Tilghman
Alma Tilghman
Prinicpal, Paper Planes Collective


Owner of marketing and events agency, Paper Planes Collective, Alma works with brands seeking to create experiences that highlight diversity in entertainment and the arts.
Recently, Alma partnered with The National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) to secure sponsorships for their annual Media Awards, and she was instrumental in producing the nationally televised ALMA Awards, the annual excellence awards of The National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights organization.

Furthermore, she has collaborated with Apple to create Campus MovieFest Mexico, the first and world’s largest student film festival in Mexico.
A native Angeleno and graduate of New Yorks’ Fordham University, Alma serves on the advisory board for Latino Reel, a non-profit championing Latino film at the Sundance Film Festival. Her current projects include a partnership with Chinese film producers promoting the rapidly growing film business in China, as well as producing “Next Up”, an annual event celebrating diverse film and television change makers.

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William Keys
William Keys has worked in film for 25 years. He has worked on set of Spike Lee joints, big budget Hollywood films and indies. He has also worked at a number of studios and as an acquisitions executive for an indie distributor. William has been a judge for the Tribeca and Urbanworld film festivals. He currently advises filmmakers and works as a producer.
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Edwin "El Miedo" Pagan

Edwin “El Miedo” Pagán is a life-long horror aficionado, filmmaker, cinematographer, and producer. He is the founder of LATIN HORROR (www.latinhorror.com), a niche website launched on Halloween 2008 specializing in the genre of Latin horror and the Latinos/as whose work is grounded in horror, the macabre, and Gothic arts. Pagán has been the leading proponent in establishing the “Latin horror” moniker as a recognized genre in the U.S. and abroad. He’s also been instrumental in creating a network among this bloc of horror filmmakers that has promoted substantial cross-collaborations that have led to numerous successful partnerships and productions. In 2012, he established Miedo Marketing, the publicity arm of the brand that provides horror properties with tailored promotional efforts geared toward reaching the vast Latino horror fanbase.

He curates the brand’s ongoing ‘The HORRORphiles’ screening series, as well as its annual Cinco de Miedo (Fifth of Fear) showcase that features cutting-edge horror from Mexico, Latin America, and Spain. Pagán is currently penning a book on the subject entitled “MIEDO: The History of Latin Horror.” He is noted for ending his written correspondence with the offbeat salutation ‘There will be SANGRE!’ He resides in New York City.

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Christine Maggiore-Escribano
Christine Maggiore-Escribano
Senior Vice President, Client Solutions, NBCUniversal Hispanic Group

Christine Maggiore-Escribano was named Senior Vice President, Client Solutions, NBCUniversal Hispanic Group in July 2012 and previously worked as Vice President of Integrated Marketing Solutions since 2009.

Escribano is responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of strategic marketing initiatives for advertising clients across NBCUniversal, which consists of the Telemundo Network, NBC Universo cable network, Digital, social and mobile.  By working with cross-channel and cross-platform sales teams, she creates, develops and executes marketing solutions to drive top-line revenue and operating income growth for NBCUniversal Hispanic Group as a whole, which concurrently provides measurable results for advertising clients.

panel moderator
Louis E. Perego Moreno
Founder & Executive Producer of PRIME LATINO MEDIA, the largest East Coast network of Latino multimedia-makers, actors and musicians in bilingual Latino and mainstream media and entertainment. An interactive content producer and educator who for the past 34 years has owned Skyline Features, a bilingual multimedia and educational production company developing documentaries, television programming and advertising commercials featuring Latinos, Blacks, Women, Urban Youth and LGBT.
festival technical director
Mark Santana
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Danny Hastings
founder | festival director
Vee Bravo
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Julia Carias-Linares
Moderator for Las Jefas Block in NYC
Alma Tilghman
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William Keys
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Edwin "El Miedo" Pagan
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Christine Maggiore-Escribano
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Louis E. Perego Moreno
panel moderator
Mark Santana
festival technical director