Staff

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Ethan van Thillo, Executive Director / Founder – Media Arts Center San Diego, ethan@mediaartscenter.org


Ethan van Thillo is Founder and Executive Director of the Media Arts Center San Diego. Since 1989, he has been working in media arts field programming Latino film festivals for the University of California, Santa Cruz, Cine Acción in San Francisco, Cine Estudiantil at the University of California San Diego, and the National Latino Communications Center in Los Angeles. Ethan has curated 100s of programs at festivals and/or special events in 45 libraries across California, Mexico City, Morelia, Las Cruces, Nuevo Laredo, San Antonio, Tijuana, Sacramento, and San Diego. In 1995, Ethan transformed the Cine Estudiantil into the San Diego Latino Film Festival. In 1999, to broaden the scope of the festival following four successful years, Ethan established the non-profit Media Arts Center San Diego in 1999. Under the umbrella of MACSD Ethan has developed & created innovative new community based media programs such as the California state-wide Digital Story Station initiative, Teen Producers Project, Youth Media & Tech Camps, Mobile Stories, Speak City Heights, The People’s Post, Video Production Services Department, and the new Digital Gym community technology center and movie theater. Ethan has served on various funding panels including San Diego Commission for Arts & Culture, Latino Public Broadcasting, Rockefeller Foundation’s 2004 Film and Video Fellowships, California Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts’ funding panel for Media Arts. Mr. van Thillo has also been asked to speak at such national conferences as National Association of Latino Independent Producers, National Association of Latino Arts & Culture, and National Alliance of Media Arts & Culture.


 

Ryan Kuratomi, Media Director,  ryan@mediaartscenter.org


Ryan Kuratomi graduated from UC San Diego with a Bachelor’s Degree in Media and has worked on productions in the San Diego and Los Angeles regions in both production and post-production departments. Ryan leads Media Arts Center’s Video Production Services team which produces content for various clients such as the YMCA, San Diego Natural History Museum, United Way and SDG&E.


 

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Moisés Esparza, Exhibitions Manager,   moises@mediaartscenter.org


Moises graduated from Columbia University with a Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies with a concentration in Psychology. Currently, he is a Master of Arts candidate in the Television, Film, and New Media Department at San Diego State University. His past professional experience includes internships at Summit Entertainment and The Weinstein Company, where he assisted the heads of development and acquisitions departments with a multitude of tasks.


 

Amanda Barcena, Operations Associate, operations@mediaartscenter.org


Amanda graduated from SDSU with a Bachelors in Psychology. Amanda worked at the Muscular Dystrophy Association as the right hand to the Executive Director managing all financial aspects of the San Diego Chapter of this non-profit organization, as well as assisting the Health Care Director with weekly clinic visits to their Muscle Disease clinic. Prior to this position, she worked at a post-secondary vocational training facility providing accounting assistance to the Senior Accountant, as well as assist the President and Vice President of the training facility with day to day operations.


 

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Kania Hayes, Camp & Teen Producers Coordinator, kania@mediaartscenter.org


Kania earned her B.A in Organizational Studies from Pitzer College in Claremont, CA. She honed her fluency in Spanish while studying abroad in Costa Rica; yet her passion for writing led her to work as a freelance writer covering performances by world-famous DJ’s, fashion shows and upscale events throughout San Diego and Los Angeles. Always eager to learn, it was after taking a marketing course through the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School that she decided to test her skills as an intern marketing films for the Digital Gym CINEMA. Since interning, she coordinated the SDLFF’s very first CREATIVE CAREERS EXPO in 2015 and has remained on staff ever since as MACSD Membership & Filmmaker Workshop Coordinator.


 

Larry Silveira, Education & Outreach Coordinator, larry@mediaartscenter.org


Larry Silveira earned an Associate of Arts in Video Production from Mt. Hood Community College in 1995 in Gresham, Oregon. After briefly working in film and video production in San Diego, he pursued a career as an educator. He graduated from San Diego State University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science and later earned a Master of Arts in Teaching and Learning from Point Loma Nazarene University in 2007. After ten years teaching high school social science, Larry is looking forward to his role as Youth Media & Outreach Coordinator because it is an opportunity to combine his interests in education and cinema.


 

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Brian Myers, Production Coordinator, brian@mediaartscenter.org


Brian Myers, Production and Programs Manager with Media Arts Center San Diego, has an educational background in both the creative and technical sides of technology. Serving as a multimedia journalist for the Speak City Heights media collaborative, Brian focuses on issues of community health and social justice. The San Diego Society of Professional Journalists awarded Brian for his contribution to Second Opinion, a multimedia series about the affects the Affordable Care Act would have on a diversity of San Diegans. Brian’s vision of a location based interactive multimedia project examining communities relationships to local food systems and documenting urban agriculture activity was completed with support from California Humanities. His experience with managing video projects has assisted the growth of MACSD’s video production social enterprise that specializes in video production services for government agencies, community organizations, and regional businesses.


 

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Juan Lopez, Exhibitions Coordinator, juan@mediaartscenter.org


As a San Diego native, Juan Lopez was fascinated by film at a very young age. The under-representation and portrayals of Latinos in film drove him to ameliorate the conventional. He attended The Los Angeles Film School, where he was able to take part in crews of various short films and TV shows. When he returned to San Diego upon graduating, Juan joined Media Arts Center as a marketing and PR Program Associate for the Digital Gym CINEMA. Mr. Lopez also coordinates PR efforts and the Community Partners program for the San Diego Latino Film Festival.

 


 

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Rosana Marques, Marketing & Special Events Manager, rosana@mediaartscenter.org


Rosana Marques was born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil. An avid traveler and lover of of the arts, Rosana has an educational background in advertising and marketing. Her previous professional experiences include media planning at ethnic and mainstream ad agencies located in Sao Paulo, New York, and Los Angeles. Shortly after moving to San Diego, Rosana joined the MACSD team in 2015 to gain practical knowledge in Event Planning. She has since been coordinating Marketing & Special Events for the Media Arts Center San Diego.


 

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Marco Chavez,  Cinema Associate, marco@mediaartscenter.org


 

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Kristian Perez-Franco,  Cinema Associate, kristian@mediaartscenter.org

Kristian Perez-Franco is an aspiring filmmaker and all-around movie lover. He previously worked as a manager at the Landmark Hillcrest Theatre where his appreciation of independent film grew. He brings his discerning eye to the Digital Gym’s line-up and helps program the Digital Gym on the Blvd and Modern Classics film series. He is a San Diego native and enjoys stocking the Media Arts store with unique items that speak to local culture as well as new and hard-to-find soundtracks and scores on vinyl from his favorite films.”


 

Gabriela Espinal,  Cinema Associate, gabriela@mediaartscenter.org


Gabriela Espinal is a San Diego based videography instructor, video journalist, and documentary film maker.  Espinal attended the the University of California Santa Cruz, double majoring in Feminist Studies and History of Art & Visual Culture (with an emphasis in Film).  A former Fusion Rise Up Be Heard Journalism Fellow, she is passionate about social justice and how feminine people and POC are represented in contemporary media.  Espinal has been teaching youth programs (Media Tech Camps/ the Teen Producers Project) with us the past two years, and joined the DGC Cinema Staff in September 2017.


 

Shanna Trenholm, Consultant/Grant Writer


Shanna is a writer, coach, and consultant who has worked closely with MACSD since 2010. A San Diego native, Shanna understands the needs of our community and assists us with prospect research, fund raising development, and grant writing.


OUR MEDIA ARTS INSTRUCTORS:

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Jodi Cilley, Youth Instructor


Jodi Cilley is a long time filmmaker, entrepreneur and educator. She has  over 11 years of experience teaching video production and teaches video  and editing at San Diego City College, UC San Diego Extension’s Digital  Arts Center, Platt College and the Media Arts Center San Diego. She has  led students in the production of over 40 short documentaries, 30 short  films, and a variety of PSA’s, commercials, live event videos and music  videos. She has produced over a hundred of her own projects including  short films, documentaries and commercial projects and is producing Film  Indiego, a 6-Part TV Series for KPBS and PBS SoCal. She has a BS in  Sociology from Boston College and an MBA with specializations in  entrepreneurship and management from San Diego State University. As a  founder and current president of the Film Consortium San Diego and the  founder and producer of the annual San Diego Film Awards, she is working  to build a strong local film industry and to increase exhibition,  distribution, funding and employment opportunities for local up and  coming film talent.


 

Nathaniel Pope is a filmmaker based in Southern California. He grew up in San Diego, where he developed a love of wild animals and conservation biology. He went on to film school at the University of California, Los Angeles. He holds a B.A. in Economics and a B.A. in Film & Media Studies from the University of California, Irvine. He has been influenced by Francois Truffaut, Tom Tykwer, and George Lucas, among others. His movies are marked by warm hearted adventure and the eyes of rebellious youth.

Alex Wesser is an artist from New York City. There, she earned a degree in Photography and Sociology from Marymount Manhattan College. Dedicated to promoting social consciousness through visual and tactile means, documentary work has become the perfect marriage of her studies and deepest intentions. A renaissance woman at best, disorganized hyper-thinker at worst, Alex’s repertoire includes writing, spoken word, sculpture, installation work, stranger outreach initiatives and community building exercises, social-work, activism, photography and videography. Her work has been exhibited in New York City and she now lives, films and teaches in San Diego with hopes of being just a bit warmer all year long.

Matthew Rocca

Brian Jenkins

Andrew Norbeck

Nicolette Cook

Kayla Gibbs

Max Petrich

Evan Apodaca

Gabriela Espinal

Simon Christopher

John Freeman

 


Need to contact us? Please contact: 619-230-1938 / info@mediaartscenter.org / 2921 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92104.