Frances Negrón-Muntaner, Producer/Director
Frances Negrón-Muntaner is an award-winning filmmaker, writer, and scholar. Born in Puerto Rico to a family of academics, Negrón-Muntaner’s work spans several fields, including cinema, literature, cultural criticism, and politics. Her education anticipates these various interests: She obtained a Bachelor’s in sociology at the University of Puerto Rico (1986), then a Masters in film and anthropology at Temple University, Philadelphia (1991, 1994), and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Rutgers University, New Brunswick (2000). For her work as a scholar and filmmaker, Negrón-Muntaner has received Ford, Truman, Scripps Howard, Rockefeller, and Pew fellowships.
Negrón-Muntaner has also contributed to the founding of programs and institutions to disseminate the work of Latino filmmakers and intellectuals. She is a founding board member and former chair of NALIP, the National Association of Latino Independent Producers.
She currently teaches at Columbia University's Department of English and Comparative Literature and at the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race. She divides her time between Miami and New York City.
Cris Borja-Sumbi, Producer
Christine Borja Sumbi is a writer/producer from Guam, based in Los Angeles. A graduate of the USC School of Cinema-Television, she has worked in both television and film, including as Director of Development for Icon Productions at Warner Bros. In addition to a wide range of production experience, Ms. Sumbi has also written independent fiction features and educational shorts. She currently directs a non-profit research foundation in Los Angeles.