Mariana Da Silva founded El Cine after moving to Los Angeles, realizing the roles she was asked to portray of Latinas were inaccurate. Mariana who is an immigrant herself, began volunteering at the immigration center and saw first hand the necessity of education.
James Fino is a founding partner of Starburns Industries, inc. He served as executive producer on the Emmy award-winning stop-motion animated ABED’S UNCONTROLLABLE CHRISTMAS for NBC’s comedy COMMUNITY as well as Adult Swim’s stop-motion series, MARY SHELLEY’S FRANKENHOLE and BEFOREL OREL. James assembled a fierce animation team and pushed the envelope of TV animation for Adult Swim’s RICK AND MORTY before continuing to executive produce Starburns Industries’ first documentary feature, HARMONTOWN, its first stop-motion feature and Oscar nominated, ANOMALISA, HBO’s animated series, ANIMALS, VRV’s animated series, HARMONQUEST, and several podcasts on the Starburns Audio podcast network.
James is a graduate of UT Austin, class of 1988 (yes, he’s that old) as a double major in RTF and Advertising. He is a founding member of the Producers Guild of America: New Media Council, and an instructor for the UTLA program, leading the New Media and Emerging Entertainment course.
Simon Oré Molina was raised in Acapulco, México and is a producer and the Head of Development at Starburns Industries. He hopes you like his stuff and if not.. well.. that’s a you thing.