Cantinera Documentary

Filmmakers

 

Ruth  Villatoro
Producer/Director

Producer and director Ruth Villatoro began her career with a Broadcast Journalism degree in one hand and ticket to Mexico in the other.  Partnered with an influential Record label, she travelled throughout the Americas, to integrate media with live concert events and promote artists.  The exposure to the wide array of cultures and social justice issues, sparked her interest to tell stories in television and documentary form.

In 2010, Ruth left the corporate world of studio production to focus on the stories that she feels passionate about.  Through her independent career, she has worked on numerous documentaries focusing on issues such as war displacement in Northern Uganda to inner city art programs and human trafficking.

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Alan  Villatoro
Music Composer/Sound Engineer

The day his mother gave him a guitar at 7 years old is the day Guatemalan born, Alan Villatoro’s passion for music began.  He later refined his raw music talent along with studio engineering skills in the Canzion Institute Music school in Durango, Mexico.

As band director for Marcos Witt, he travelled the world and wrote and recorded on Grammy winning albums.  In 2003 he released his first album, followed by his second Grammy nominated album, “Tuyo Soy”.  He has received a Grammy as a musician, writer, and co-producer with several nominations as producer.

When he is not producing albums, he uses his musical talents for commercial jingles for brands such as Walmart, Verizon, Academy, Fiesta and many more.  He is married to Ruth Villatoro and lives in Houston, Texas with their two children.

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M.A. Guidry
Producer/Writer

Monica Guidry is a native Texan who still celebrates her Southern Louisiana heritage. While earning her degree in Communications at the University of Houston, Monica worked as a production assistant at local production houses and churches. After graduating, her career broadened to writing as a promotional producer and associate producer.

Monica’s craft has now expanded to script writing and story development for feature films. Always the advocate of the Audience and Client, she strives to bring a final product that does not insult one’s intelligence yet embodies all things demanded. Monica now resides, with her husband and three children, in a small town outside of Houston.

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Elia. Chino
Producer

Elia Chino is the founder and Executive Director of Fundación Latino Americana Contra El Sida., Inc. (F.L.A.S., Inc.) has vowed to take action against HIV in the Hispanic community.  Ms. Chino is a former member of the Community Planning Group for the City of Houston and she is the Chair of the Latino HIV Task Force for the City OF Houston.

Receiving attention for their tremendous efforts, Ms. Chino was invited as a guest speaker for Sabado Gigante, an internationally broadcasts program through the television station Univision and nominated Anonymous Hero  in 2006.

Ms. Chino was nominated “Heroes Hispano” by Telemundo in 2009  Featured regularly in national media, such as TV Azteca and Telemundo, she  was nominated Deputy Sheriff for Harris County by the Sheriff Adrian Garcia in 2009.

Ms. Chino has become the voice of the Latino community by working tirelessly to educate others about these preventable diseases.  Ms. Chino has the love, passion and commitment to help our community.

 

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