Meet The Team
Stacy Pascal Gaspard
Director & Co-writer
Stacy Pascal Gaspard is currently a Directing Fellow at the AFI Conservatory, with a passion for dance and sharing her rich vibrant Afro Latin Caribbean culture on the big screen. She was recently selected as part of the inaugural class of The Rising Voices program where her latest short film she wrote and directed Soñadora, premiered at the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival. She was also selected as the inaugural winner for Paxeros Women of Color Commercial Directing Program, where she pitched and directed a Narrative spec car commercial for Subaru. Navigating the dual uncharted waters of being a first generation immigrant and the oldest sibling of 5, Stacy Pascal Gaspard doesn’t take her dreams lightly, and doesn’t think you should either.
Josh is a recent graduate of Webster University with a BA in Film and Television production. During his time at Webster University, Josh produced the short films, MY NEIGHBOR ADDIE and THE TIDE, which were both featured in the St. Louis International Film Festival. Josh also co-founded Ping! A Performing Arts Collective in which he produced musical productions of THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW, HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL and THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE. After graduating, Josh served as a video producer for Pride St. Charles, video editor for The St. Louis American newspaper and camera operator for 101 ESPN.
Mariana Zavala is a recent graduate of the MFA program in Screenwriting at the American Film Institute, where they wrote two produced short films. They got their start at New York University, where they obtained their degree in Cinema Studies and worked as a staff writer for a New York-based film and media publication, MoviefiedNYC. During their time at NYU, they studied abroad in Buenos Aires and Paris, and performed public readings of their work in both cities. They have also studied film production at City College of San Francisco where they wrote, directed, and produced their own short films. Mariana’s work is highly influenced by their Peruvian and queer non-binary identities, and they want to create better representation and build empathy for marginalized communities like their own.
Elisa Souza is a Brazilian cinematographer, who recently moved to Los Angeles to attend the cinematography program at the American Film Institute. In Brazil, she shot several short films, which have collected prizes in both national and international festivals. Her debut in features came with the documentary CRACKLAND, shot in São Paulo, Vancouver, New York, Zurich and Oslo. The film premiered at the 44th Mostra, the biggest film festival in Brazil, and got distribution through O2 Play. Elisa has also worked in camera crews for short films, features and television series, including DESIRES OF THE FLESH, screened at Sundance in 2019.
Esther Regen is an editor from New York City who graduated from Oberlin College in 2017, majoring in Art History and Cinema Studies. She pursued a mix of editing contemporary art films and independent narrative films in New York, before moving to Los Angeles to study editing at AFI.