ECCII Mentor Lineup for Virtual 2021 Latino Media Fest
Magdalena Albizu is a writer, director, producer and line producer. She started her career as a social worker serving the needs of women affected by domestic violence as their Case Worker. Since changing careers in 2005, Magdalena has been fortunate to work continuously as a freelancer in all forms of media ... Commercials, Feature Films, Television Shows and Digital Platform. Some of the shows she worked include the MTV2 Woodie Awards, I am Legend, Uncommon Sense with Charlamagne, Desus and Mero, AfroPop, and Consider it. She is currently working in conjunction with NubianLatina Productions on her documentary film, NEGRITA, a film which explores Afro Latinas in the United States and how their skin color affects them in the American and Latino cultures.
Alberto Belli was born in Mexico and currently lives in LA. He most recently directed GATLOPP, an upcoming sci-fi/comedy feature film at Warner Media, and just wrapped directing an episode for Disney's ULTRA VIOLET AND BLACK SCORPION. He broke into the TV world by directing episodes for the Netflix hit series LA CASA DE LAS FLORES. His career also expands into commercials where he has worked with brands like VISA, HYUNDAI, SNICKERS, and directed the latest back-to-school campaign for KOHL’S. He also has an action/adventure series in development at Sony and IMDBtv with Norman Lear producing.
Nickolas Duarte is a Chicano writer/director and founder of the production company Crown Chimp. As a narrative and documentary filmmaker, Nickolas has been supported by SONY PICTURES TELEVISION, WARNER BROS., NALIP, THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS, VIMEO STAFF PICKS, THE WEBBY AWARDS, SHORT OF THE WEEK, and THE RYAN MURPHY HALF INITIATIVE. Brands like ADIDAS, BMW, and COCA COLA have commissioned Nickolas for both digital and broadcast content. His work in this space has been recognized with 90+ INDUSTRY AWARDS and by organizations like THE NATIONAL ADDYS, THE EMMYS, and THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART. Nickolas is currently focused on long form content, developing feature and episodic projects that tell the stories of souls sorting themselves in the strange and grimy existence of being. He lives in Tucson, AZ.
Literary Manager, M88
Maya Rodrigo serves as a Literary Manager at M88, representing filmmakers and multi-hyphenates.
Elvia Van Es Oliva
Executive Producer, M&E Entertainment
Elvia Van Es Oliva has built an extensive career in alternative/non-scripted television as an Executive Producer, developer and network executive.
PGA mark-holding entrepreneur/producer, Roy runs the critically acclaimed production company Studio Autonomous that produced SXSW/NALIP winner THE GARDEN LEFT BEHIND, and CAAMFEST winner AMERICANISH.
Michal Zebede is a first generation American writer and producer with Costa Rican and Panamanian roots. She made her screenwriting debut with The Humbling (2015), a Philip Roth adaptation starring Academy Award Winners Al Pacino and Greta Gerwig, directed by Academy Award winner Barry Levinson. She has written for primetime network and cable television. Best known for her Latinx and female-driven dramas, Ms. Zebede has developed original series with Bruna Papandrea, Michael London, Ben Silverman, Amazon, Sony, and Freeform, including the Party of Five reboot (2020). Ms. Zebede also created the original feature news TV series ASPIREist (2016-2017) on CNN’s HLN, which won a National Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Innovation. The show was called “60 Minutes for the next generation” and featured George Clooney, Ben Affleck, Adrian Grenier, and Russell Brand. Ms. Zebede wrote a column at TIME Magazine with Malala Fund co-founder Shiza Shahid, at the intersection of social impact, women & girls, gender equality, minorities, and innovation.