Board of Directors
Christopher Trotman – Chair
Christopher has been a board member for four years now and will be leading the organization for the next two. He is the Communications Officer for Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services, an organization dedicated to ensuring that immigrants, refugees and the communities they live in achieve health with dignity. He is a diverse communications professional with over 7 years of experience spanning the private and not-for-profit sector.
Danilo Baracho – Human Resources
Danilo is a Brazilian filmmaker who graduated in Audiovisual Communication from University of Salamanca in Spain. He also studied economics and believes in filmmaking as a powerful tool for social change. His short films has been screened at over 80 film festivals around the world and received important prizes in Latin America, Europe and North America. Danilo was selected by the Toronto International Film Festival for the TIFF Talent Lab program in 2014 and Reykjavik Transatlantic Lab in 2015.
Lisa Valencia-Svensson - Treasurer
Lisa Valencia-Svensson is a Toronto based documentary film producer. She has been working at the award-winning production company Storyline Entertainment since 2007. Herman’s House is also Valencia-Svensson’s first feature documentary. The award winning film was selected for selected for broadcast in 2013 by the prestigious PBS series POV, received the support of the Ford Foundation and Sundance Institute, and played at True/False, Full Frame and Hot Docs. She also produced Resilience: Storiesof Single Black Mothers, and associate produced numerous films including The World Before Her (POV 2013, TIFF Canada’s Top Ten 2012, Best Documentary Tribeca 2012) and The Market (IDFA 2010). She is currently in production with the National Film Board of Canada on the interactive documentary Inside Herman’s House, and producing the documentary feature Shadow Girl.
She has a background in finance, community media, and research work. Her passion is for film projects which explore issues of inequality and social justice, and which encourage audiences to view their world through a constructively critical and creatively unique lens.
Eugene Weis – Public Relations
Eugene has worked in the film industry as an Editor for the last 10 years entrusted by the top Directors and industry professionals in the Canadian film business. His most recent work as Editor of Milk, premiered at HotDocs 2015 in Toronto and was nominated for best feature documentary at the 2015 Hollywood Film Festival. Weis also edited The Poet of Havana, winner of the Audience Choice Award for Best Documentary at the 2015 Gasparilla International Film Festival. The Poet of Havana aired on HBO Latino across the United States in October of 2015.Who The F**K Is Arthur Fogel, which garnered Eugene a nomination for “Best Picture Editor” by the Canadian Academy of Motion Pictures (2015), aired on HBO Canada and can be spotted on Netflix.Samples of Eugene’s work can be found here: https://vimeo.com/user18316233
Rosa Sarabia – Human Resources & PR
Professor of Latin American Literature in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Toronto.
Jaime Escallon - Secretary
Jaime has written, produced and directed scripted and factual content in multiple languages and in very diverse cultural contexts. He began his career directing over 300 hours of scripted television in Latin America. His debut feature film The Boss was released to great commercial success in Canada, Colombia, the US and Argentina, tripling its production budget. In 2012 Jaime directed the Emmy-Award-Winning documentary The Cancer Dancer. Jaime's productions have aired to great success in networks such as Discovery, History, CBC, Bravo, TV5 and Nat Geo among others, in over 52 countries. Jaime studied Film and Television at the National University of Colombia and has a Master's degree in Drama from the University of Toronto.
Alexandre Ramos – Programming
Alex was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and lives in Toronto, Canada. He is the publisher of VISIT curatorial art magazine, curator of Brazilian Film & Television Festival of Toronto (BRAFFTV), and co-curator at aluCine Latin Film + Media Arts Festival. He studied Visual Arts at University of Sao Paulo (USP); holds a Specialist degree in Art Education at NACE-USP and in Museum Studies at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Sao Paulo, a Master’s degree in Sociology of Culture at FEUSP, and a PhD in Art History, Theory and Criticism at UFRGS Institute of Arts. Author of the book “Media and Art: contemporary views” (2006) and organizer of “On the Work of the Curator” (2010), among others. He was a production assistant on the web series Standardized (9 episodes), set designer in Twister and Recurrent, and color consultant in Carmelo’s Tomatoes.