Ethan van Thillo, Executive Director/Founder

Ethan van Thillo is Founder and Executive Director of the Media Arts Center San Diego (MACSD). Since 1989, Ethan’s worked in media arts, 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 hundreds 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 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 nonprofit Media Arts Center San Diego in 1999. Under the umbrella of MACSD, Ethan has developed and continues to create innovative community media programs such as the California 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 Digital Gym community technology center and CINEMA.

Ethan has served on various funding panels including San Diego’s 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. He’s spoken at the National Association of Latino Independent Producers, National Association of Latino Arts & Culture, and National Alliance of Media Arts & Culture.


Ryan Kuratomi, Director of Video Production

Ryan joined MACSD in 2009, where he leads the Video Production team in producing content for the  YMCA, San Diego Natural History Museum, KPBS, and SDG&E, and others. His extensive background in all aspects of the production process comes from years of working directly with clients from ideation to final delivery in video projects.




Moisés Esparza, Exhibitions Manager

Moisés is Exhibitions Manager for MACSD where he is responsible for the curation of film-related initiatives, including the San Diego Latino Film Festival and the Digital Gym CINEMA. He graduated from Columbia University with a Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies with a concentration in Psychology. 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 other companies, where he assisted development and acquisitions departments with a multitude of tasks.




Juan Lopez, Exhibitions Coordinator

Juan is MACSD’s Exhibition Coordinator. He attended The Los Angeles Film School where he participated with film crews working on various short films and TV shows. Juan returned to San Diego upon graduating, joining MACSD as a marketing and PR Program Associate for the Digital Gym CINEMA. Juan is responsible for managing our Digital Gym CINEMA as well as curating all of the short films for the annual San Diego Latino Film Festival.



Amanda Barcena, Operations Manager

Amanda has been a full charge bookkeeper for 12 years. She has over 15 years of bookkeeping experience, with the last 7 years performing day-to-day financial operations at MACSD. Her previous experience includes financial management for the San Diego Muscular Dystrophy chapter as well as a local post-secondary vocational school. She’s served Presidents, Executive Directors, Senior Accountants, and CPAs during her career. Amanda is currently finishing her graduate program at Point Loma Nazarene University.

Cameron Quevedo, Director of Education

Cameron is a filmmaker, media arts educator and San Diego native. He holds an MFA in Film Production from the University of Texas at Austin, as well as graduate degrees from the University of Washington in Seattle. Before joining the staff at MACSD, Cameron was a faculty member at Villanova University, where he taught courses in film production, history and theory. Cameron also maintains his own creative practice, directing documentary and narrative films in the U.S. and Mexico.


Shanna Trenholm, Consultant/Grant Writer

Shanna is a writer, consultant, and creative strategist who has worked closely with MACSD since 2010. A San Diego native, Shanna understands the needs of our community and our organization. She assists us with prospect research, fundraising strategy, writing, and grant writing.



Mizar Martin, Teaching Artist

Mizar is a visual artist and anthropologist from Tijuana. Her work includes paintings, cartoons, photography, and sometimes tattoos, of the absurd and dark daily life, with hints of optimism. Teaching art to youth restored her faith in humanity. Mizar is a firm believer in punk rock and social justice. Mizar has been part of the Media Arts Center team since October 2018.

Ajeng (Jay) Canyarasmi, Teaching Artist

Ajeng (Jay) Canyarasmi is an Indonesian filmmaker currently residing in Los Angeles, California. During her master’s education at University of Southern California, she was entrusted to teach tens of filmmaking classes for adults and youth alike. With her diverse background, passion for teaching, and experience as a teaching assistant in one of the most prestigious film schools in the States, Ajeng aspires to inspire and expand the knowledge of film and media-making to anyone interested in the art.

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. In recent years, he’s grown into a freelance filmmaker with an expertise in motion picture production. His concentration areas are cinematography, editing, and sound.  His portfolio includes Into the Who Knows, The Lonely Italian, “Megan,” “First Contact” among others. He went on to film school at the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of Southern California. He holds a B.A. in Economics and a B.A. in Film & Media Studies from the University of California, Irvine and has just finished up an MFA at USC. He has been influenced by Francois Truffaut, Tom Tykwer, and George Lucas, among others. His movies are marked by warmhearted adventure and the eyes of rebellious youth.


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