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A native of Buffalo, NY, Sonia Malfa is a self-taught filmmaker who lives in New York City. She has produced films, TV and commercials for clients such as NFL, Nike, MTV, and Discovery Channel including the feature documentary DRAKE: BETTER THAN GOOD ENOUGH.

Sonia received her B.A. in American Studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a M.A. in American Studies from the University of Buffalo. She is the recipient of the New York State Council for the Art Individual Filmmakers grant for her debut narrative short, CLOSE YOUR EYES, which premieres at 2013 Tribeca Film Festival.

Brian David Cange has been a hands-on and creative producer on films and commercials for the last 17 years.

In 2011-2012, Brian has been Line Producing two new TV series with Larry Schwarz and Crook Brothers Productions, Inc.; TEAM TOON (2012, Cartoon Network) and ALIEN DAWN (2013, Nickelodeon).

Mr. Cange’s feature work includes; BACKWARDS (2012, with James Van Der Beek), FUGLY!; (2011, starring John Leguizamo, Radha Mitchell, Rosie Perez, Griffin Dunne), PARTICLE FEVER; (2011), THE SKEPTIC (2008, Tim Daly, Zoe Saldana, Tom Arnold); LUSH LIFE: BILLY STRAYHORN (2007 WGA, Peabody, Emmy Award winning documentary, Independent Lens); AN AMERICAN WEDDING (2005, also Director, Television pilot); MAD HOT BALLROOM (2005, Documentary, Paramount Classics); THE DRUM BEATS TWICE (2003, Amy Redford, Bill Sage); THEQUALITY OF MERCY (2002, Mary-Louise Parker, HBO); SYNTHETIC PLEASURES (1996, Sundance Documentary Competition).  His directorial work can also be seen in the award-winning shorts SMASH THE KITTY, A COUNTER FANCY and ANTHONYʼS KITCHEN.

Brian David Cange is producer for over 75 commercials and corporate videos for national and international clients, as well as a member of the Producers Guild of America since 2005.

Sophia Leang is a Cambodian-American producer based in New York City. Born in Thailand in a Cambodian Refugee camp, Sophia knew early on she wanted a career in film production. In 2004, after graduating from Hunter College with her BA in Film, she began her career in Television as a staffed Production Coordinator at BronxNet Television.

Sophia began freelancing full-time in late 2008 and has held various production positions in TV promos, documentaries, independent films, commercials, print, editorial and music videos from small budgets to million dollars campaigns. She produced her first feature film REVERIE directed by Geoff Shelton and 35mm short film CLOSE YOUR EYES (World Premiere 2013 Tribeca Film Festival) directed by Sonia Malfa.

As one of a handful of successful female cinematographers Lisa Rinzler working the field shooting feature films, documentaries, music videos and short form work. Rinzler has been Director of Photography on the feature films: BMW (BOMBAY'S MOST WANTED), 30 BEATS, POLLOCK, THE WAR WITHIN, MENACE II SOCIETY, DEAD PRESIDENTS, TREES LOUNGE, THREE SEASONS, the New York section of BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB, LISBON STORY and THE SOUL OF A MAN.  She was awarded the Independent Spirit award for THREE SEASONS and MENACE TO SOCIETY. She was awarded an Emmy for THE SOUL OF A MAN directed by Wim Wenders.

Ms.Rinzler has also shot documentaries on subjects as varied as corruption in the catholic church: MAE CULPA MAXIMA directed by Alex Gibney, prostitution, End-timers, and death row issues.

Rinzler has been working in the joint disciplines of both still and motion photography throughout the years and remains enchanted with the quiet power of the still image as well as with the continuum of movement. She and photographer Karen Bellone are in the midst of their current in depth collaboration-an interdisciplinary installation about our American identity-titled "America-Time Moving and Storage".

Alexandra Debricon is a French-born filmmaker and editor based in NYC. She worked as an editor at the award-winning post-production house Crew Cuts for many years. She is currently in development on her directorial debut short, Gringo Honeymoon, shooting in Mexico.

Gary Gunn is a highly sought-after music producer, film composer, and multi-instrumentalist noted for his genre-defying musical aesthetic and forward-thinking application of sound.  Gunn's current solo undertaking, Stic People: A Collection of Musical Portraits, is a groundbreaking art installation comprised of original instrumental works that sonically interpret the personas of 11 public figures. In

2010, he was commissioned to create original music for Simon Birch's acclaimed Hope & Glory installation, then touted as the largest art exhibition in Hong Kong's history. Gunn also composed the scores for Six Scents Parfums's FiFi and Cannes Lions Design award-winning marketing campaign, and was subsequently brought on by Puma to produce original music for its 2010 World Cup global ad campaign. In 2013, Gunn has already composed soundtracks for multimedia art installations Dispersion (exhibited at Tsvetnoy Central Market Moscow and the Moscow Museum) and Sonos’ Playground presented at SXSW and The Museum of The Moving Image.

Though early in his career, Gunn has built an enviable resume scoring and creating original music for film and television projects. He was honored by ASCAP for scoring Sundance Official Selection, The Young and Evil, and created original music for Showtime's Emmy-nominated Sleeper Cell series. His most recent score for the film Close Your Eyes premieres at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival. Gunn is also a resident curator and music expert for the music concierge service, Songza and was recently selected for Dell's Top 100 Inspire List.

Kimberly is a high student at New York Institute for Special Education. Her role as Imani Cortes in CLOSE YOUR EYES is her first professional acting experience.

Victor Cruz was born in Portsmouth, Virginia and raised in the heart of the South Bronx in New York City. At the age of eleven, Victor already knew that one day he wanted to be apart of the entertainment world. While in high school, he studied visual arts and musical theater. At the age of sixteen, Victor performed stand-up comedy for the first time at a comedy club in downtown Manhattan. Victor attended and graduated from the acting conservatory at SUNY Purchase College. Some of Victor Cruz’s FILM and TV credits Include: Steven Soderbergh’s Side Effects, House of Cards, Blue Bloods, and Person Of Interest.

Victor Cruz Acting Reel: https://vimeo.com/57715113

Rhina Valentin is proud to be a Mom! As a three-time award winning comedic actress, producer, emcee, dancer, and writer, "La Reina" Rhina Valentin is truly one of the performing arts' most versatile women. Ms. Valentin, a New York native, and  graduate of the William Esper Studio, has been dubbed "Diva" by The Village Voice and "La Diva Del Barrio" by Siempre Newspaper—and rightly so. This Jane-of-all-trades has performed at some of New York's most renowned locations, such as New World Stages, The Nuyorican Poet's Café, The Puerto Rican Traveling Theater and Lincoln Center Out of Doors. She has been featured on HBO and in nationally syndicated commercials, written, choreographed and performed critically acclaimed pieces for dance and theater, and currently serves as the beauty, brains and the bronze behind her rapidly growing production company, La Reina Del Barrio, LLC.

The breadth of "La Reina's" acting career knows no bounds. From the theater to television, she is now most notably recognized for her role as the regular host of Open, which airs live every Friday on Bronxnet Channel 67 since 2006. Her new hit web-series "Rhina Gets Lean" geared towards Latina Moms exploring different method to live a healthier lifestyle is about to begin its second season. She played the role of  "Reina" in HBO's 2006 award winning short, Betty La Flaca.  Also, in 2006, Ms. Valentin's commanding presence graced the stage in a self-written piece for the nationally acclaimed Latinas Don't PMS, which has been performed at locations across the US including the world famous Apollo in New York and the Comedy Store in California. Her outstanding efforts have been recognized with a 2007 BRIO award for Best Actress, a 2006 UAI grant for performing arts, and a 2005 HOLA award. She has also appeared in two national commercials for Bally's and 1-800-Flowers.

Sara Contreras was showcased as one of the country’s best female comedians in Showtime’s “The Original Latin Divas of Comedy,” which received an ALMA nomination for Best Comedy Special. She has appeared as a commentator and writer for MTV3. Television credits include” NBC’s “Law & Order: SVU” (two episodes), “Third Watch,“ and “Conviction,”; Comedy Central’s  “Comic Groove;” Metrochannel’s “New Joke City;” A&E’s “American Comedy: What’s So Funny?;” ABC’s “The View” and “New York Comedy Festival;” SiTV’s “Funny is Funny;” and TNC’s “Que Loco.” She taped with Nick Turturro for his spec television pilot “Doorman,” with Marlo Thomas for the web-series “Auntie Marlo & Kate,” and for Univision’s Spanish-language stand-up comedy special “Los Locos y Revueltos.” Sara performed for our military troops in Iraq/Kuwait in March 2011.

Her one-woman sideshow "Life Lines" premiered in NYC in April 2012 and she tours nationally with the Original Latin Divas of Comedy, Ginger Comedy, and Funny in Stilettos Comedy Tours.

Sara can be seen performing on “The Comedy Jump-Off” and “Only in The Hood," and her own "Sara Contreras Live at the Chicago Performing Arts Center" DVDs. Follow her on Facebook,Latindivacomedy@twitter.com, and www.saracontreras.com