MARÍA TERESA LARRAÍN
“I always knew I would go blind but I ‘forgot’.
I became a filmmaker instead.”
“I used to work with a friend, his name is Andrés Albornoz. For years the authorities tried to kick us out. Together we fought back, the Police and the tear gas. We were the greatest warriors in the Alameda.”
ANDRÉS ALBORNOZ “BIRDMAN”
“I came to the Alameda in 1975, two years after the military coup. I would be walking some times and would step over the dead bodies they had thrown on the streets…”
“Losing my sight was terrible. But, I had to adapt because, I was still alive. ”
“People often say: ‘It is good not to see. There is nothing to see in this rotten world!’ So, I reply: ‘Give me your eyes then, because I do want to see!’ ”
Maria teresa larrain - director/executive producer/ producer
María Teresa Larraín. Chilean born filmmaker Maria Teresa Larraín studied Law and Drama in her native land. In 1976, Larraín immigrated to Canada where she worked as a legal assistant and a community worker with immigrant women and refugees, and also studied Radio and Television Arts at the Ryerson University in Toronto. She graduated from that program in 1984 and has since worked as an independent filmmaker both in Chile and in Canada. Larraín has been invited to participate in several professional development programs including the Documentary Edit and Story Lab and the Documentary and Composers Lab of the Sundance Institute in Utah and the Alan King’s Documentary Studio and the Canadian Film Centre Scriptwriters Lab in Toronto. Her last documentary “Besieged Land”/ “El Juicio de Pascual Pichún” was at various international film festivals in Latin America, Canada and the United States, and her films “Dolores” and “Looking for Findley” have been broadcasted in Bravo! and Telelatino in Toronto. Today, Larraín is taking Disability Studies at Ryerson University and is also developing two new projects: an itinerant exhibition of Shadow Girl, which will take place in Chile, Canada and Costa Rica, and a Transmedia Project directed by and for people with disabilities.
ed barreveld - eXCUTIVE PRODUCER
Storyline Entertainment CEO and Emmy Award-winning producer Ed Barreveld is one of Canada’s top independent documentary-film professionals. A hands-on producer with 30 years of experience in both financing and the field, Barreveld brings together Canadian and international storytellers, investors, and partners on documentaries that explore underexposed places and perspectives in society and culture.
Barreveld has partnered with producers and investors in Germany, Belgium, Australia, Greece, France, Chile, and the U.S.A. He regularly attends many of the top documentary market events.
Storyline titles have sold internationally, screened at Tribeca, Hot Docs, IDFA, and TIFF, and garnered numerous festival accolades, as well as Emmy, Gemini, and Canadian Screen awards and nominations.
Barreveld is a member of the Documentary Organization of Canada, the International Documentary Association and the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television’s Documentary Film Committee.
LISA VALENCIA-SVENSSON - PRODUCER
Lisa Valencia-Svensson is an award-winning documentary film producer based in Toronto who has been involved in the industry for over a decade. Her first feature length documentary was Herman’s House, which won an Emmy for Outstanding Arts & Culture Programming and was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award: Donald Brittain Award for Best Social/ Political Documentary. Herman’s House was broadcast on the PBS documentary series POV and on documentary channel in Canada. She associate produced several films, including The World Before Her, which have garnered Emmy nominations and Canadian Screen Awards, have been broadcast internationally, and been screened and won awards at festivals including TIFF, Tribeca, Hot Docs and IDFA. Her passion is for film projects which explore issues of inequality and social justice, and which encourage audiences to view their world through a constructively critical and creatively unique lens.
Ricardo Acosta- Editor
Ricardo studied and worked at the Cuban Film Institute in Havana. His talent coupled with a keen sense of the human condition has contributed to the making of several award-winning films, including: Best Documentary Editing at Ashland Independent Film Festival with Marmato, directed by Mark Grieco, Best Picture Editing in a Documentary, The Canadian Screen Awards, with Herman’s House, directed by Angad Bhalla, The Take directed by Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis and many others.
TIM WILSON - editor
Award winning writer, producer, host and director in radio, television, film and new media, Tim makes documentaries for broadcast, web and theatrical release, and as private commissions. In the film Shadow Girl, he worked as one of our editors and interviewed the Director Maria Teresa Larrain, the protagonist of the film.