Born in Quito, Ecuador, and living in Bergen County, NJ, Giovanna Aguilar is an award-winning multimedia creator who is passionate about stories driving social impact.
As a writer, she works with C-Suite executives in thought leadership and nonprofits serving underserved communities with impactful programs in education, social justice, the arts and emotional well-being. In 2017, she ghostwrote The Business Caring Formula: Your New Leadership Lifestyle for Emma Arakelyan, a former partner of EY and managing director of Accenture.
As a filmmaker, she works on documentaries and narratives that shed light on compelling and inspirational stories with universal themes celebrating the human spirit.
Aguilar was part of the producing team of the Emmy® Award-winning When We Were Apollo (W3A) for Best Historical documentary that explores the enduring impact of the Apollo Space Program through the eyes of extraordinary everyday workers who helped put a human on the moon. W3A premiered at the U.S. Space Center and Rocket Center in Alabama in 2019 and broadcast internationally on PBS and the History Channel.
She also produced the award-winning documentary DreamTown, an international soccer film that follows an Afro-Ecuadorian player, Anibal Chala, as he strives to make it to the professional league. DreamTown, a multigrant awarded film —HBO/NALIP, NALAC, NYWIFT —can be seen in short form on PBS's Frontline World Rough Cut or via rental.
Other media credits include line producer on Happy Hour, written and directed by Gretl Claggett, and narrated by Academy Award-winner Julianne Moore. Aguilar is developing EPIC Women In Sports, a documentary series that she will direct about inspirational stories of women in sports.
Aguilar is a member of the New York Women in Film & TV and served as the Public Relations Chair (2010-2011) of the New York Chapter of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP). She holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science and energy and environmental studies from Hunter College of the City University of New York. She is a visual artist whose chosen medium is oil on canvas, where, while mixing colors, she finds her inspiration for stories.
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is a Colombian filmmaker and graduate of Full Sail University. Since graduating in 2011, Botero has produced, directed and written various films, receiving several important recognitions for his work. In 2014, Yahoo introduced Botero as “an influential upcoming Latino filmmake¨ CNN stated that ¨Famor’s work was remarkable and inspirational,” and Orlando’s Mayor Buddy Dyer officially recognized Botero for his work as a filmmaker and congratulated him on his devotion to the community and his philanthropic work.
In 2018 and 2019, the United Nations hosted Botero as a panelist and showcased his work at the UN headquarters in New York City. His latest work, SILENCED, a feature film based on the true story of a woman who disappeared in Mexico. Due to be released in Dec
Courtney G. Jones
Filmmaker, Courtney G. Jones is a Hollywood ex-pat currently living in the Pacific Northwest.
For almost 30 years, he has worked on a variety of projects such in various capacities (producer/director/editor/camera) such as: national commercials for Visa and American Idol, major music videos for Aaliyah, Anthrax and Busta Rhymes, feature films starring Ted Danson, Henry Winkler, Reno Wilson, Michelle Waterson and television series on MTV/VH1, HBO and programming for syndication.
Although Courtney works with every medium from celluloid to high-end digital cinema cameras, he enjoys pushing the mobile medium to its limits as a brand ambassador for companies Filmic and Luma-Touch, the makers of Filmic Pro and LumaFusion, respectively. He is not abandoning the other mediums, but is focusing on a 'mobile first' workflow moving forward.
Courtney currently serves as Head of Development for Macaroni Art Productions which was founded by Rick Gomez & Steve Zahn. They are in development on feature films and series, yet Courtney manages to host/co-host podcasts about the future of filmmaking and mobile filmmaking.