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Victoria Bouloubasis is a freelance journalist, food writer and filmmaker. Her work aims to dispel myths about the Global South—its people and places—against the backdrop of complex social, political and personal histories. She often tells stories at the intersection of food, labor and im/migration. She has reported from the U.S. South, Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Costa Rica and Greece. She is based in Durham, N.C. and has been a working journalist since 2008. Victoria is the former food editor at INDY Week, the N.C. Triangle’s alt-weekly. Her writing and films have appeared in NPR, PBS, The GuardianThe American ProspectPublic Radio International, Bon Appetit, Travel + Leisure, The Local Palate, Whetstone Magazine, Guernica, Modern Farmer, Jezebel, News & Observer, Our State and INDY Week, where she was a chief contributor for 10 years. She was a co-producer for the PBS docuseries “Somewhere South” (2020), featuring chef Vivian Howard and directed by Cynthia Hill. The series is a production of Markay Media, the Peabody- and Emmy award-winning team behind PBS’s “A Chef’s Life.” Victoria is currently co-directing The Last Partera, a documentary film about a 99-year-old midwife in rural Costa Rica.  Victoria has a master’s degree from the Folklore program in American Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill (2016). She graduated from UNC’s School of Journalism (2005), with a focus on news writing, and a second B.A. in Spanish. She co-instructed a Spring 2021 community journalism class at the UNC Hussman School. (Full resume and academic CV available upon request.)

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Rodrigo Dorfman. Writer, Multimedia Producer. Rodrigo Dorfman is North Carolina-based award-winning filmmaker and multimedia producer who has worked with POV, HBO, Salma Hayek’s Ventanazul and the BBC among others. His films have been screened at some of the top international film festivals in the world (Toronto, Full Frame, Edinburgh, Telluride, Human Rights Watch). With his father, Ariel Dorfman, he has won best screenplay award from the Writer’s Guild of Great Britain for “Prisoners in Time” (1997). His short “One Night in Kernersville” won Jury Award for best short at Full Frame (2011). “Tommy!” his 30-minute documentary on a 60-year-old man on the autism spectrum who dreams of singing with a big band was recently broadcast nationwide through UNCTV’s Southern Reel series. His latest work can be seen at the Atlanta History Center in “NUEVOlution! Latinos and the New South”, a national touring museum exhibit based on his documentary work. He is an editor and cinematographer of the Sundance award-winning documentary “Always in Season” about the impact of lynching on four different communities; his documentary “This Taco Truck Kills Fascists” won the Best Louisiana Feature Award at the New Orleans Film Festival, and his feature FIESTA! Quinceañera about the intersection of quinceañeras and immigrant traditions in the South recently broadcast on PBS stations nationwide.

Jordi Mari. Professor, Cultural Critic, Activist and Musician. Mari’s teaching and research are focused on socio-environmental cultural studies, with particular attention to contemporary audiovisual production from Spain, Latin America, and the United States. His books include Tracing the Borders of Spanish Horror Cinema and Television (2017); Ventanas sobre el Atlántico (2011), on the relations between Spain and the United States; and Lecturas espectaculares (2003), on the interactions of film and the contemporary Spanish novel; his articles have appeared in numerous journals and critical anthologies worldwide. More recently Mari edited a special volume of the Journal Humanities (2022) under the title: “Socio-Environmental Emergencies and Futuristic Imaginaries in Iberian and Latin American Cinemas and Television.”

Eduardo del Llano. Cuban writer, University professor, Film director, Producer and Screenwriter. Del Llano graduated with an Art History degree from the University of Havana in 1985. In 1982 he founded the comedy theatre and literary quartet NOS-Y-OTROS that existed until 1997. From 1990 to 1995 he taught History of Latin American Art and History of Photography at the Faculty of Arts and Letters at the University of Havana. With the short film “Monte Rouge” (2004), Del Llano inaugurated a (web) series under the name “Who is Nicanor O’Donell” (2004). It is a satire on the work of Cuban state security. Since then he seemingly emerged as a critic of the Cuban government. Eduardo de Llano is also the director of one of the only sci-fi films made in Cuba, “Omega 3” (2014).

Pilar Timpane is the lead filmmaker and producer of Teacup Productions, based in Durham, NC.  She works on independent films, commissions, collaborations, and personal projects, with the aim of using storytelling for social change. Pilar is a 2022 ITVS Humanities Documentary Development Fellow and a Logan Nonfiction Program Fellow. She is an alum of the New Orleans Southern Producers Lab and IndieGrits Labs Real Fiction Fellow and was named a 2021 Ella Fountain Pratt Emerging Artist by the Durham Arts Council. She also works as a multimedia producer, photographer, and occasional writer. Her first love is the written story. It’s been her aim to relate truthful character-driven narratives that educate, inspire, and transform, whatever the medium.