Maya Santos is a Documentary Filmmaker and Place-based Media Artist based in Los Angeles. Graduating with a Bachelor of Architecture from Washington State University in 1999, Maya found her way to filmmaking through her passion for multi-media presentations with isangmahal arts kollective, a Seattle-based interdisciplinary arts group. Maya’s first film produced with isangmahal was "Fonogra(Ph)x" (2001), a hip hop documentary and multi-media performance featured in the 2002 Northwest Asian American Film Festival. "to transgress: a meditation" (2006), her first experimental documentary, appeared in the 2007 Frameline 31 SF International Film Festival and 2006 Cinemanila International Film Festival. She began her directorial debut with Sustainable Media Studio, most notably with "A Conversation" (2010), which featured in the 2011 Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam, 2011 Film Independent Short Fix Program and 2012 Architekturclips in Berlin, Germany. Since founding Form follows Function in 2011, Maya has collaboratively directed and produced 30+ short documentaries and seven installations, including Virtual Reality (VR) documentary "Walking with Grace" (2016) & VR animation "Bronze, Brass, Jazz" (2017). As Curator/Project Director of three multi-media exhibitions for the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, "The Space Between" (2009), "Interactive Little Tokyo!" (2016) & "Bronzeville, Little Tokyo" (2017), Maya's scope includes immersive media and site-specific community engagement. As Place-based Programmer for Little Tokyo Service Center, Maya helped develop and brand +LAB, a creative community development strategy funded by ArtPlace America. In this role, she created and collaborated with artists and community members to develop creative community engagement campaigns and projects such as "Takachizu", a Little Tokyo treasure-gathering project with Artist, Rosten Woo and #MYFSN, a neighborhood campaign/effort to preserve Historic First Street North through community arts and engagement with Sustainable Little Tokyo.
Joel Quizon is a Los Angeles based/Manila roots filmmaker, arts organizer and music curator. Joel has directed short films such as the music documentary The Cotabato Sessions and has co-directed the short documentary "Union" and the 360 VR film "Walking With Grace." Joel founded the monthly DJ gathering Diggin' Sunday held at Historic Filipinotown, Los Angeles. He is the creator of the blog series and mix the Pinoy Groove Experience, highlighting Filipino popular music at home and abroad. He is also the creator of the mix Disco Manila and Disco Manila 2, featuring the dance music of the late 70's and early 80's Philippines. Joel is the creator and co-producer of the live show Disco Manila at Grand Performances in Los Angeles in August of 2016, a celebration of dance music from the Manila Sound era. He is a contributor for the Disco Manila residency in NYU Abu Dhabi in October 2016. Joel has arranged live experimental score for films and visuals (John Torres' Years When I Was A Child Outside, Khavn de la Cruz's Sqatterpunks and Raket & Rambol for Kularts San Francisco) and is currently curating music for an immersive theater experience in San Francisco set to premier in late 2017.
RANI DE LEON
Sound Design / Recordist
Rani de Leon has a solid reputation and extensive network from over 15 years of experience in events involving music, film, theater, and cultural arts. His passions in life are driven by the belief that arts & culture have a unique power in bringing people together for profound and unifying experiences. As a music and arts programmer, this inspires him to find new ways to engage audiences and approach common space. As a DJ for over 15 years, he is known for his signature blend of eclectic and accessible worldly sounds, jazz textures, and ‘feel-good’ roots & soul music. From the discerned dancefloor to the avid music listener, tasteful music selections are on the menu for every occasion. He is founder of Soul in the Park, which brought international, soul and jazz audiences together and helped set a new trend in unassuming venues for live music in Los Angeles. He is co-founder and resident DJ of Radio Afrique, a series of events focusing on music and film from Africa and the diaspora. He is a member of Los Angeles-based web radio collective dublab, where he hosts a monthly radio show - Tizita Radio - highlighting music of nostalgia. He is currently a performing arts curator/producer at the Aratani Theatre and James Irvine Japanese Garden.
FRANCISCO GARCIA NAVA
Motion Graphics / Editor
As editor, motion designer, and visual effects artist, Francisco is fully embraced in the digital side of visual storytelling, compiling a decade’s worth of production and post-production experience in the process. A Los Angeles native, he spent the first decade of his adult life studying and living in Berkeley and Oakland. During his last three years in the East Bay, he served as a technical instructor in a digital media production course at UC Berkeley, led by award-winning filmmaker, media activist, educator, friend and mentor Loni Ding. It was the very same class that, as an undergrad, had sparked his passion for storytelling. Francisco’s work includes editorial, motion design, visual effects, and vfx supervisor credits for various narrative and documentary features, broadcast television, ads, branded content and music videos. Including various multi-screen experiential design installations, dynamic data compositing platforms, and projection mapping projects -- these include initiatives for Apple, Facebook, Visa, Nike, Motorola, Nintendo, and Kia Motors. Recent work includes motion design and vfx credits for sci-fi feature ANON by writer/director Andrew Niccol (Gattaca, Lord of War) and Toronto premiere feature doc “Girl Unbound”, and directing and editing Frankie Reyes’ “La Comparsa” music video for Stones Throw Records.
LAKAN DE LEON
Musician / Composer
Sara Quintanar is an early childhood music teacher in Los Angeles, California. She has spent the last 10 years teaching music in Spanish to young children and writing music. She continues to create bilingual music for kids and teaches over 500 children a week in the LA area. Her simple piano compositions and vocal work have been included in various FFF projects. Her musical collaborations with her husband Alejandro have let her step aside from the daily teaching to explore creating sounds to compliment visual works.
ALEJANDRO QUINTANAR, ALISSA WALKER, API HISTORIC PRESERVATION FORUM, AZLA VEGAN, CARMELO ALVAREZ, CHARLES GAVERO, DEXTER STORY, EAST WEST PLAYERS, EDDY VAJARKITIPONGSE. OBLIVIOUS NERDGIRL, ERSKINE BONILLA, ESEEL BORLASA, FIELDWORK, HENRY ZAVALA, INNER-CITY ARTS, IQ MAGIC, JORGE ALARCON-SWABY, JUSTIN QUIZON, KALEIDOSCOPE STUDIO, KAI MA, KARINA MUÑIZ, KCET, KOFIE, LA CONSERVANCY, LITTLE TOKYO SERVICE CENTER, LULLATONE. MARCUS FISCHER/MAPMAP, MARISSA ALVES, MARYAM HOSSEINZADEH, MIKO REVEREZA, OLIVER SARIA, ON THE ROAD PROJECT, OTHERWISE, PILIPINO WORKERS CENTER, RETHINK LA, SKID ROW HOUSING TRUST, SPAZZKID, SUFIA TOORAWA, SUSIE IBARRA, TADASHI NAKAMURA, TE'AMIR SWEENEY, THE HUNTINGTON LIBRARY, ART COLLECTIONS, AND BOTANICAL GARDENS, VICKI HUANG, VILLAGE ARCHIVES, VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS, WOMEN’S CENTER FOR CREATIVE WORK, YAKNOWLIKE STUDIOS