KAPWA

KAPWA

Meet the team

PJ RAVAL

DIRECTOR

is a queer, first generation US born Filipino American and award‐winning filmmaker whose work explores the overlooked subcultures and identities within the already marginalized LGBTQ+ community.  Named one of Out Magazine’s “Out 100”, PJ’s feature credits include TRINIDAD: TRANSGENDER FRONTIER (Showtime), BEFORE YOU KNOW IT (America ReFramed, National Gay and Lesbian Journalist Association Excellence in Documentary Award 2016), and CALL HER GANDA (GLAAD Media Award nominee) which recently broadcast on POV (PBS).

Also an accomplished cinematographer, PJ shot the Academy Award‐nominated Best Documentary TROUBLE THE WATER and is a 2015 Guggenheim Fellow, 2016 Firelight Media Fellow, 2017 Robert Giard Fellow, and a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and the Producers Guild of America.

CECILIA MEJIA

PRODUCER

is a second-generation Filipino-American born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She has worked for over a decade in development for nonprofit organizations, including NGOs at the United Nations. She has a master’s degree in Public Administration and Affairs. She’s worked with grassroots organizations focusing on underrepresented communities. Cecilia has produced a number of films focusing on critical social impact issues. She’s the lead producer of the award-winning, Sony-acquired, feature film Yellow Rose, a Social Impact Producer of the award-winning doc Call Her Ganda  and Co-Producer for Array Studios- acquired, Lingua Franca. Cecilia is combining her passion for film and philanthropy with under-resourced youth as the Creative Director for an arts-focused nonprofit organization, Art of Me. She is also an adjunct at NYU in the Open Arts department. She is the owner of Remedias Productions, a production company focused on social impact storytelling and producing.

THERESA NAVARRO

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

 is an Independent Spirit Award-nominated producer, cultural worker and media arts advocate. Over the past decade, she has led development, communications and audience engagement initiatives for award-winning arts and cultural organizations, including cause-marketing collaborations with Disney, HBO, MTV, Toyota, and Verizon.

Theresa is currently the vice president of external affairs at the national media arts nonprofit media behind PBS series ‘POV’–the longest-running nonfiction showcase on American television. 

Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Theresa holds undergraduate degrees from the University of California at Riverside and completed her graduate work at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. 

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KATRINA DE VERA

EDITOR

Katrina De Vera is a documentary editor based in Austin, TX. Her recent work includes assistant editing on the feature film, A Thousand Cuts, which premiered at Sundance 2020 as well as assisting on the observational feature, Pahokee (Sundance ‘19). She co-edited two of Rooster Teeth’s RT Docs, Unconventional and Haus of Pain, and has worked on the PBS series Now Hear This and Stories of the Mind.

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SAMANTHA SKINNER

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER

Filmmaker, Austin native, and second generation Asian American, Samantha has worked in audio, podcasting, producing, and documentary storytelling for the past 5 years. She explores activism within gender, race, and class through digital media. Her work as a director/producer with FemBeat, a radical film production company that she co-founded, has been featured in festivals like Austin Short Film Fest, WAMMFest, and Babes Fest.