GEMMA CUBERO DEL BARRIO is a bilingual writer, producer, and director with a degree in investigative Journalism. During the 13 years she has been working in documentary film, Gemma Cubero has managed productions from location scouting to interviews in Spain, United States, Mexico, Cuba, Germany and Argentina. Gemma Cubero also worked as Associate Producer and Investigator on the award-winning documentary Señorita Extraviada by Lourdes Portillo’s and produced with Julio Medem two feature length documentaries What’s Under Your Hat? and One Percent: Schizophrenia, both with theatrical and DVD release in Spain. Her work through her documentary production company Talcual Films on Ella Es El Matador (She Is The Matador) El Abrazo and Homecoming has been supported by institutions such as Latino Public Broadcasting, P.O.V., Pacific Islanders in Communications, Tribeca Film Institute, IFP Independent Film Week, Pacific Pioneer Fund, the San Francisco Foundation Bay Area Documentary Fund, National Organization of Latino Independent Producers, New York Women in Film and Television, Women Make Movies, the Consulate General of Spain in New York, the Embassy of Spain in Washington DC, the Instituto Cervantes and the Reina Sofía Museum of Modern Art. Gemma has been nominated for the United States Artists Fellowship and has been awarded an Annenberg Fellowship to obtain her MA at the University of Southern California where she investigated documentary as a tool for social change and how “the digital revolution” has impacted documentary filmmaking. Her thesis “Give Up Tomorrow: Documentary as a Tool for Change” has been published by Lambert Academic Publishing. As she continues her work on productions such as El Abrazo (The Embrace) and Homecoming she is also working with young women in film through Hawaii Women In Filmmaking and teaching at Hawaii Pacific University and the University of Hawaii and collaboraring with Ambulante to bring the travelling documentary film festival to California.
CELESTE CARRASCO is a native of Barcelona, Spain. Celeste was the director, producer, cinematographer and co-editor Ella Es El Matador (She Is The Matador). For El Abrazo (The Embrace) and Homecoming Celeste serves as Director of Photography and Editor. Celeste also worked with Gemma in Lourdes Portillo’s award winning documentary Señorita Extraviada and What’s Under Your Hat? Celeste’s additional credits include First Assistant Director on Marta Balletbó’s narrative film, Honey, I’ve Sent the Men to the Moon, and Producer on Lisset Barcello’s narrative film Both. Most recently Celeste has worked as video artist for theatre productions such as Vanita, premiered at Teatro Real in Madrid and Java Suite premiered at Peralada Festival, La Seca in Barcelona and the Basel Opera House in Switzerland, both productions directed by Rita Cosentino. Celeste also collaborates with Spanish performing artist Paloma Calle on a short documentary about the live performance Hello Myself which premiered at the Reina Sofía Modern Art Museum in Madrid. Celeste currently works at technical department of the Teatro Real in Madrid producing operas.