Filmmaker Bios

Vicky FunariVicky Funari‘s (Co-producer/Co-director) filmmaking focuses on the lives of working people and on the complex identities of today’s culturally mixed and dynamic migratory populations. Funari produced, directed and edited the acclaimed nonfiction feature film Paulina, which has screened in over 30 of the world’s most prestigious film festivals and won numerous awards. Paulina aired on the Sundance Channel in 2000. Funari also co-directed and edited Live Nude Girls Unite!, an account of the first successful strippers’ union in the country, which premiered at the 2000 South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival and aired on Cinemax in 2001. Her other credits include skin.es.the.si.a, an award-winning experimental short. Funari, who lives in Vallejo, Californias served on the board of directors of the Latino media arts organization Cine Accion from 1996 to 2000.

Sergio De La TorreSergio De La Torre (Co-producer/Co-director) is a photographer and a performance and installation artist who grew up in the Tijuana/San Diego border area. His works have focused on issues regarding diaspora, tourism and identity politics. In 1995, De La Torre co-founded the performance/installation group Los Tricksters. He has also produced collaborative works with artist and writer Coco Fusco for a variety of venues including street fairs, academic conferences, art galleries and film festivals. De La Torre’s works, including Access Denied, Disappearing and Mexiclone, have appeared in the Bienal Barro de America at the Museo de Bellas Artes in Caracas, Venezuela; in the Cleveland Performance Art Festival; at the El Tapango Centro Cultural in Mexico City; and in San Francisco at the DeYoung Museum and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. His film and video work has included photo-graphy for the film La Raza, directed by Adolfo Dávila, and serving as the assistant to the art director on Garden of Eden, directed by Maria Novaro. He lives in Oakland, California.