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The Team


Ilse Fernandez (Producer/Director) is a Colombian-born U.S. immigrant, documentary filmmaker and docu-series showrunner with over 20 years of experience. She has produced and directed over 200 hours of nonfiction and long-form documentaries for ABC, NBC, Vice, MTV, Netflix, Discovery, A&E, National Geographic and The History Channel. Ilse began tackling pressing social issues via documentary as a director and story producer on five seasons of A&E’s “Intervention” series, including the 2009 Emmy Award-winning season. Her “Rachel” episode, about a homeless 21-year old heroin addict, was nominated for both an Emmy and Producers Guild Award. As a showrunner on Viceland’s cutting-edge eight-part documentary series “Cyberwar,” she explored geopolitical-digital conflicts, from NSA whistleblowers to Anonymous hackers. On Spotify’s “Music Happens Here” documentary series, she served as both director and showrunner finding innovative stylistic ways to bring different music genres to life from Pink Floyd to A$AP Mob. The series won three Clio awards. In 2018, she founded Viva Vida Productions, dedicated exclusively to creating non-fiction films and content. She is a 2021 Logan Non-Fiction Fellow, 2019 SFFilm/Catapult Documentary Fellow, and recipient of both the 2019 LPB Current Issues Fund and 2020 LPB Public Media Content Fund grants. “Exodus Stories” is her first feature documentary.

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Felipe Lacerda (Editor) is a top feature and documentary editor whose films have screened at major festivals including Cannes, Sundance, Tribeca, Havana, São Paulo, San Sebastian, Full Frame, Rotterdam, and BFI . 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. Felipe has been a long time collaborator of Walter Salles, for whom he edited three feature films: “Central Station” (nominated for an Academy Award), “Midnight” and “Foreign Land” as well as two of his documentary shorts. He co-directed and edited “Bus 174.” The film was shortlisted for the Academy Awards, and was the winner of 12 International prizes. “Bus 174” was voted "one of the ten best films of the year" by The New York Times. Most recently he edited the documentary, "The Edge of Democracy" which explores the rise and fall of Brazilian Presidents Dilma Rousseff and Lula da Silva. It premiered at the 2019 Sundance World Documentary Competition, won the Peabody Award and was nominated for a 2020 Academy Award.    


Michele Farinola (Producer)   is an award-winning producer who has been working in documentary features and television for over 20 years. She recently produced “Linda Ronstadt: The Sound Of My Voice”, the 2020 Grammy® winner for Best Music Film, the 2019 Critic’s Choice winner for Best Music Documentary and 2020 Emmy® nominee for Outstanding Arts & Culture Documentary. The film premiered at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival and was released theatrically by Greenwich Entertainment, becoming one of the highest-grossing documentaries of the year and broadcast on CNN, where it was one of highest-rated documentaries. Michele also produced the critically-acclaimed “David Crosby: Remember My Name” in conjunction with Cameron Crowe’s Vinyl Films and BMG. Premiering at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, the documentary was a 2020 Grammy® nominee for Best Music Film.


Heading production, development and operations for PCH Films, Michele has executive produced a half-dozen other film projects there. She previously served as Co-Head of Documentary Features at Spitfire Pictures, where she was an executive producer of the Academy Award®-winning documentary “Undefeated”, and the 2012 Grammy® Award-winning documentary “Foo Fighters: Back And Forth.” Michele was the executive in charge of production for HBO’s 2012 multi-Emmy®-winning documentary “George Harrison: Living In The Material World'', directed by Martin Scorsese.

Alex Roa (Director of Photography) was born and lives  in Mexico City working on Commercials as Cinematographer / Director by trade. He has locally produced TV documentary projects with iconic characters such as Anthony Bourdain for his “Parts Unknown” series and Gordon Ramsay “Uncharted.” He has shot and produced documentary programming featured on CNN, Apple+, Netflix, NatGeo and The Discovery Channel - most notably, he was the cinematographer for Netflix’s “Waffles + Mochi's Restaurant.” In 2006 he created De Milagro Films, one of the most trusted production companies in Mexico. Alex studied Communication Science at Universidad Nuevo Mundo (México), and earned a degree in Production at Specs Howard of Broadcast Arts in Southfield, Michigan.


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”.


Paige Gresty (Post-Production Supervisor/Associate Producer) is a Los Angeles based filmmaker and writer from Washington, DC by way of London, England. Paige’s most recent credits include “And She Could Be Next,” “Walk Run Cha Cha,” and “The Infiltrators.” She received her MFA in film directing from UCLA. As an emerging filmmaker, she's worked extensively in film from pre- to post-production. She has been a semi-finalist and beyond in many prestigious screenwriting competitions, including the Academy Awards' Nicholl Fellowships. She’s worked for places such as Sundance, the BBC, Frontline Club, and Underwire Film Festival. She has also been on nominating committees for the Peabody Awards and Women in Film. Her work has been featured in places such as The Guardian. Additionally she has recieved the Prudence MacGowan Faxon, Edie and Lew Wasserman, Motion Picture Association of America, and Mary Pickford Awards.


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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