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.

Michele Farinola (Executive Producer) has been working in documentary features and television for over twenty years. She was the Co-Head of Documentary Features at Spitfire Pictures, a unit of Exclusive Media, where she was an executive producer of the 2012 Academy Award winning documentary, “Undefeated” released by The Weinstein Company and the 2012 Grammy Award winning documentary, “Foo Fighters: Back And Forth.” In addition, Michele was the executive in charge of production of HBO’s 2012 Emmy winning documentary, “George Harrison: Living In The Material World”, directed by Martin Scorsese; and “The Last Play At Shea”, released by Lionsgate and Showtime. Most recently she has produced the Sundance premiering documentary “David Crosby: Remember My Name” and “Linda Ronstadt: The Sound Of My Voice”, which premiered at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival. Michele started her entertainment career at Paramount Pictures and 20th Century Fox, working for a studio chairman, eventually segueing into producing and directing dozens of high-profile, award winning cable documentary series and specials for AMC, A&E, USA Network, SciFi Channel, Starz and Animal Planet under the Fox Television Studios banner.

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”.

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.

Alex Roa (Cinematographer) is a  Director, Cinematographer and Producer who was born in Mexico City. He has locally produced TV documentary projects with iconic characters such as Anthony Bourdain for his “Parts Unknown” series. He has also contributed to documentary programming featured on CNN, Apple+, Netflix, NatGeo and The Discovery Channel. He has been recognized for his documentary work on mexican television and has been invited several times to collaborate in global projects as director and cinematographer. 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.