A year after the destruction of Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rican Celebrity Chef Ventura Vivoni is cooking for those still in need on the island. As catastrophic as Maria was, it was just a tipping point, exposing the many complex issues Puerto Rico has faced throughout history. Ave Maria will connect the parallels of Puerto Rico’s colonial past with the current humanitarian disaster, while celebrating its rich culture and showcasing the resilience of the Puerto Rican people.


THE FILMMAKERS:

Tristan Seyek (Director/Producer) is a Puerto Rican/Indian American filmmaker with a passion for social equality. His first short film, The Block, premiered at BlackStar Film Festival in 2015. He recently co-directed the edgy, feature length comedy, Hanh, Solo, which screened at the 2018 LA Asian Pacific Film Festival. Although Tristan’s background is based in narrative storytelling, he aims to use this skill set, personal experiences and bursting creativity to bring this complex documentary to life. vimeo.com/tristanseyek

Marc Baill (Producer) is a Brooklyn based producer who has a love of documentaries and experience as a commercial producer and production manager. His recent projects range from music videos premiering on The Fader, national TV commercials for GFuel Energy Drink, and PlayStation social content. Marc began his career as a motion designer for Sony Electronics, and in college worked on the production team for the PBS web series, First Person. baill.nyc

Alexa Carroll (Director of Photography) has a knack for imagery and capturing the human condition. She recently shot her first feature, Dwelling, that currently is in post-production. In addition, she’s shot on hundreds of sets ranging from short narratives, national ad campaigns, live tv and dance films. alexanotthecamera.com

Caitlin Carr (Editor) is an NYC based editor with commerical, narrative and documentary experience. The last short doc she edited, Atlantic City Character Study, debuted on Vimeo and had a successful festival run in 2017. She recently edited Before Mars for National Geographic. Other clients include Vice, Def jam and Vogue to name a few. caitlincarr.com

Marisa Velazquez-Rivas (Illustrator) is a Venezuelan/Puerto Rican American street artist residing in Philadelphia. Much of her work contains themes of social justice including Women’s Rights, LGBT Rights, Immigrant Rights, and creative critiques of American pop culture. https://www.instagram.com/marisa.vr/