The Team

Ilse Fernandez (Producer/Director)

Ilse is a Colombian born immigrant turned US citizen who uses her filmmaking and photography to highlight social issues and injustice. She has produced and directed over 200 hours of non-fiction series and documentaries for networks including ABC, NBC, VICELAND, MTV, Netflix, Discovery Channel, A&E, National Geographic, and the History Channel. Most notably, she worked as a Director and Story Producer on five seasons of the Emmy Award winning A&E series “Intervention.” She was the Showrunner on Viceland’s cutting edge 8-part documentary series called “Cyberwar.” And she served as the Executive Producer/Director/Producer of Spotify’s first music documentary series “Music Happens Here” that won 3 Clio awards. 

Felipe Lacerda (Editor)

Felipe is one of the top feature and documentary editors working globally and best known for editing the two time Academy award nominated film “Central Station." His films have screened at major festivals including Cannes, Sundance, Tribeca, Havana, São Paulo, San Sebastian, Full Frame, and Rotterdam. He has edited 25 feature films and 16 feature documentaries that have won awards including Berlin's Golden Bear, the BAFTA, an Emmy, a Golden Globe Award, and a Peabody award. He’s been nominated for best editing in Grand Cinema Brazil 8 times, won Gramado’s Kikito in 2006 and currently holds the title for Best Editing in Brazil, by the Brazilian Academy of Cinematography. He co-directed and edited Bus 174. The film was shortlisted for the Academy Awards, and was the winner of 12 International prizes. His most recent documentary, "The Edge of Democracy"  explores the rise and fall of Brazilian Presidents Dilma Rousseff and Lula da Silva and screened in the 2019 Sundance World Documentary Competition.

Andrew Mayling  (Composer) is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and member of two notable UK hit bands: The Boxer Rebellion and Freya Ridings. With his band, he has written music for several feature films and many programs on the major television networks. He has also scored the documentary "Mercy: An Orphan's Story of Survival.”

Alejandro Guzmán Montemayor (Director of Photography) is a cinematographer born and raised on the Mexico. Notable productions he's worked include, "Here Comes The Devil", "Against the Sun", "Dogma", "Tijuana" and most relevantly Ai Weiwei’s “Human Flow”.

Tom Corrao (Associate Producer)is a Los Angeles based Writer and Producer with more than five years of experience in the film and television industry. After graduating from Emerson College with a degree in Visual Media Arts, he has gone on to produce content for worldwide brands such as Kitchenaid, New Era, Spotify and Peloton. His recent work includes the award winning documentary series Music Happens Here. As an associate producer for Exodus Stories he has contributed to development and grant writing in addition to providing production support and outreach.

Alejandro Ramirez Corona (Cinematographer) is a Mexican cinematographer who studied at the Centro Universitario de Estudios Cinematográficos. He has photographed more than eight feature films and documentaries and worked on productions from HBO, Netflix, Disney, Fox and TVChile, in collaboration with directors like Ernesto Contreras, Enverado González and Lucia Gajá. His film “Mind Revolver” is the winner of the “Alhambra de Oro” and was nominated for Best Film at the Guadalajara International Film Festival.

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