Ethan van Thillo, Executive Director / Founder – Media Arts Center San Diego,

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 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.




Moisés Esparza, Exhibitions Manager,

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.




Juan Lopez, Exhibitions Coordinator,

Growing up in San Diego, 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.



Amanda Barcena,  Bookkeeper,

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. At MACSD, Amanda Barcena is responsible for day-to-day financial management of the organization, in partnership with the outside bookkeeper. Amanda has over 9 years experience in administration, HR, and financial management. Amanda Barcena has attended various trainings geared towards the financial health of nonprofits, budgeting and employee retention.


Shanna Trenholm, Consultant/Grant Writer

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



Mizar Martin, Teaching Artist

Mizar is a Mexican artist based in San Diego. Her education as a Cultural Anthropologist reflects on her work as a filmmaker, photographer, illustrator and tattoo artist. As an Anthropologist, Mizar has focused her research on Central-American and Haitian immigration to Mexico. She became dedicated to arts education in 2012, when she worked at a refugee shelter in Southern Mexico. In 2014 she discovered her passion for teaching arts to vulnerable youth. Her dedication to social justice is seen in her photography book A Medio Camino, which shows the contrasts between the southern and northern Mexican borders, and her debut short film No Hay Vuelta Atrás, a portrayal of the struggles of young refugees fleeing from the gangs of Central America. Mizar has been a teaching artist for various education programs at the Media Arts Center San Diego since 2018.


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