Max is a Southern California-based filmmaker and educator with over fifteen years of experience in the industry as a feature film director, screenwriter, and commercial video producer. He has worked as a creative producer, director and editor for J Walter Thompson Advertising and Conde Nast, among others. Max received his MFA from NYU/Tisch Graduate Film School where he wrote, directed and produced numerous award-winning short films in collaboration with amazing talent such as Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) and musician/actor Dean Wareham (Galaxie 500, Luna). In 2015, he completed his debut feature film, The Shells, starring Britt Lower and Carolyn McCormick.
Education has always been at the center of his creative life. For five years, Max served as Executive Producer and Director of Programming at DIGICOM Learning, a Coachella Valley non-profit dedicated to empowering students in Title 1 school districts to activate and own their education through digital storytelling. As Director of Programming, he developed powerful workforce development opportunities for them with partner organizations such as Film Independent and Desert X Art Biennial. Max received his BA in Theatre Arts from Brown University, and has worked in varied capacities for such seminal experimental theater companies as The Wooster Group and SOON 3, as well as with arts institutions including Palm Springs Art Museum and commercial galleries. He is thrilled to join the team at The Official Latino Film and Arts Festival for the 2020 season!
Karena Heredia, is an Ecuadorian, Filipina/Mexican, raised by immigrant farmworkers in the Coachella Valley. As a nonprofit accountant from Los Angeles to New York, she is an Avenger for social justice with spreadsheets as her superpower and heels as her cape. Karena dedicates her life to serving her community, with a focus on uplifting the voices of young Latinas! Now, back in her hometown of the Coachella Valley, she is excited to support the new generation of young Latinx leaders who are preserving the lessons of our ancestors. Her passion for education, empowerment, and equality runs deep and she leaves a trail of knowledge and encouragement wherever she goes. She is always ready to lend a helping hand, with a glass of wine balanced in the other.
Originally from Tejas, Adelina Anthony is a critically acclaimed Two Spirit Xicana Lesbiana actor-writer-director-producer. In 2012, along with Marisa Becerra, she co-founded AdeRisa Productions. Adelina’s first short film as a writer-director, Forgiving Heart, world-premiered at OUTFEST Fusion in 2013. Her first feature film, Bruising for Besos (2016) world-premiered with Frameline. She has twice won a Latino Public Broadcasting Public Media Film Grant for Amigas with Benefits (2017) and Ode to Pablo (2018). As a screenwriter, she also penned the award-winning works: You’re Dead to Me (2013), Get the Life (2016) and the upcoming The Daily War (2020). More: www.adelinaanthony.com
Born in Sylmar, California, Alex Ferrufino never seen the movie businesses being his career. He always had a love for movies but his background would say otherwise. After the loss of a very good friend due to gang violence, he made a choice to turn his life around. Being a native from Los Angeles, he decided to pursue a career in film maker.
His enthusiasm and drive to accomplish the dreams he set forth pushed him into the craft of directing. Through a camera, he fell in love with the art of storytelling. He feels that he has an obligation to tell stories that speak for his culture and rough upbringing. He wants to give young people like him a voice.
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.