Eren Isabel McGinnis
Producer and Sound
Eren McGinnis has produced several award-winning documentaries for PBS. Her credits include The Southern Sex; Mother Love; The Beauty Salon; Tobacco Blues; Beyond the Border; Kit Kat; and The Girl Next Door. Eren is finishing Bluegrass Opera, which examines the life of opera star Everett McCorvey as he stages Mozart's Don Giovanni and spreads the Negro spiritual throughout Brazil. McGinnis received a bachelor's degree in anthropology from San Diego State University, and holds a certificate in film and video theory and production from the University College Dublin, in Ireland.
Ari Luis Palos
Director and Producer
Ari Luis Palos, a Mexican-American filmmaker, started Dos Vatos Productions, a film and video production company dedicated to bringing the voice of Mexicanos to a nationwide audience. He recently completed Kit Kat, which follows the quest of a young girl as she saves her father's soul within the folklore, music and beauty of Oaxaca, Mexico. One work in progress is Juchitán, which has its focus on the haunting music, the sensuality and power of the women, and the "Lady Boys," who are the cross-dressing sons of the families of the Isthmus of Oaxaca, Mexico.
Jacob Bricca is a Los Angeles-based documentary filmmaker and editor. His recent editing credits include IFC Films' Lost in La Mancha, a feature documentary about Terry Gilliam's ill-fated attempt to make a film adaptation of Don Quixote. Lost in La Mancha has its world premiere at The Berlin Film Festival in the spring of 2002. What A Girl Wants premiered at The Slamdance Film Festival 2001 is a documentary about the media's impact on teen girls (distributed by Media Education Foundation.) He has degrees in filmmaking from Wesleyan University and the American Film Institute, and is currently finishing up a feature-length documentary about the legendary jazz vocalist Jimmy Scott. This project premiered at the South by Southwest Film Festival in March 2002.
Guitarist and bassist José Gil Sánchez began his music study at age 10 in "La Casa de la Cultura" in Oaxaca where he studied classical guitar. He has accompanied Mexican-American diva Lila Downs, who is currently on a triumphant world tour. Together with composer José Hinijosa, he produced Susana Harp's Xquenda. Sánchez can be found playing nightly, together with Eduardo Montero Figueroa, at El Rincon Charro, near the Zocalo, in Oaxaca, Mexico.